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What should I know about Advair before taking it?

Before starting Advair, you should know that it can interact with various medications and medical conditions. Be sure to tell your doctor about any allergies you may have, particularly if you have an allergy to milk protein, and give your doctor a complete list of the medications you are currently taking. Tell your doctor about your medical history, particularly if you have any of the following:

  • conditions affecting your heart or blood vessels, including high blood pressure, arrhythmia, low levels of potassium in your blood or high levels of ketones in your blood
  • eye problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma or viral eye infections
  • any infections, particularly chicken pox, the measles or tuberculosis
  • diabetes
  • liver disease
  • problems with your thyroid
  • seizure disorders, such as epilepsy or a past history of seizures
  • general stress levels
  • upcoming surgeries

Keep in mind, too, that Advair is not intended to cure asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), nor is it to be used for sudden asthma attacks.