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Are there risks to taking Advair HFA?

Advair HFA can offer powerful benefits for people who suffer asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but the medicine does carry some risks. It can decrease the number of blood cells in your body that fight infections, making you more prone to picking up colds or other contagious illnesses.

The bronchodilator contained in the medicine can increase the risk of asthma death in some people. The steroid in Advair can make you especially vulnerable to the more severe effects of chicken pox or the measles. These illnesses can be fatal for people on steroids, so contact your doctor if you think you have been exposed to either.

Long-term use of a steroid drug can also lead to bone loss and osteoporosis and affect growth in children. If you have concerns, your doctor can help you weigh the benefits against these risks.

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