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What is fluticasone-salmeterol?

Fluticasone-salmeterol is a combination of two medications used to prevent breathing problems caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The medications are fluticasone, a type of steroid and salmeterol, which belongs to a group of drugs known as long-acting beta-agonists. Fluticasone reduces swelling in the narrow passageways of the lungs. Salmeterol works by relaxing and opening up those passageways, allowing more air to pass through them. Together, the two medications prevent wheezing attacks, shortness of breath and other breathing difficulties brought on by asthma or chronic conditions, such as bronchitis or emphysema.

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