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What should I know about fluticasone-salmeterol?

Fluticasone-salmeterol uses two distinct types of medication, corticosteroids and long-acting beta antagonists (LABAs), to treat asthma. Corticosteroids such as fluticasone and LABAs such as salmeterol can be used separately to treat asthma, but fluticasone-salmeterol combines them into a single dose. Corticosteroids are among the most common long-term asthma medications, and they work by reducing swelling in the passageways of the lungs that can interfere with breathing. LABAs belong to a category known as bronchodilators, named for how they dilate, or open up, passageways in the lungs. Unfortunately, long-term use of LABAs also tends to make asthma attacks much more intense, even possibly fatal, when they occur. Do not use fluticasone-salmeterol to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

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