How do I use Advair Diskus?

Advair Diskus is an inhaler containing a powder mixture of two inhalable medicines, a steroid and a bronchodilator. Advair is intended for daily maintenance use, not as a rescue inhaler.

The medicines are contained in the "Diskus," a flat disk-shaped inhaler that delivers 60 single doses. It also has a dose counter on the top.The usual dose is one inhalation twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

To use the inhaler, follow these directions: Hold the diskus inhaler in one hand, place your thumb on the thumb grip and push it away from you until you see the mouthpiece and it snaps into place.

  • With the mouthpiece facing you, slide the lever as far as it will go until you hear a click.
  • It is now ready to deliver a dose.
  • Before taking a dose, breathe out fully while holding the inhaler level away from your mouth.
  • ** You should never exhale into the inhaler.
  • Hold the mouthpiece to your lips and take a quick, deep breath through your mouth.
  • ** Inhaling through the mouthpiece is what makes the powder come out of the inhaler.
  • Remove the inhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds and then slowly exhale.
  • Always rinse your mouth with water after using Advair Diskus and be sure to spit the water out; do not swallow it. Always spit the water out of your mouth.
  • When you are done, close the Diskus so it is ready for your next dose.
  • Do not wash the inhaler or try to take it apart. 

Do not use Advair Diskus while you are experiencing an asthma attack: it will not work quickly enough to help you.

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