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What should I know about Advair HFA before using it?

Before using Advair HFA, you should know about some of the risks associated with it. Advair HFA may increase the risk for asthma-related death. Because of this, Advair HFA should only be used by people with severe asthma or whose asthma is not well-controlled by other medications. This risk is especially increased in children, so it's recommended that children under 12 years of age should not use Advair HFA. It is not an emergency treatment and will not stop an asthma attack once it has started. Even if you're taking Advair HFA regularly, you should keep a short-acting bronchodilator (a rescue inhaler) with you at all times in case you need it between doses of Advair HFA. If you need to use your short-acting bronchodilator more often than normal when you start using Advair HFA, talk to your doctor. If you're switching from an oral steroid to Advair HFA, it may take several months for your body to start making enough steroids to handle an injury, surgery or infection. If those events occur soon after switching to Advair HFA, talk to your doctor right away. Make sure you understand how to use Advair HFA, and take it exactly as prescribed. Taking more than the recommended dose may increase the risk for serious problems such as irregular heartbeat.

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