Most of the articles I write on drug dangers are from extensive research. Well, this is one of those rare articles where I am speaking from personal experience as well as research. The dangers of Advair are quite real. This drug for asthma almost killed me. The statistics for related deaths are staggering. This article, along with explaining what Advair is and what it is used for, will also explain why it's so dangerous. Hopefully, reading this will alert you to the possible dangers and help you to make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to use this drug for your allergies or asthma related breathing problems.

Advair is the brand name for the prescription drug salmeterol/fluticasone, which comes in the form of an inhalation disk. This drug is not a quick acting inhaler for asthma attacks. It is used as a long term treatment for asthma and related breathing problems. It is also used as a long term treatment for various lung diseases.

The way Advair works is technically very simple. It decreases the swelling which is the major cause of most breathing problems and relaxes the surrounding muscles of the air passages. It is important to understand that Advair does not work right away, and may take days or even weeks to show significant improvement.

Aside from the common minor side effects most associated with taking Advair, such as sore throat, headache, rapid heartbeat, nervousness and dry mouth, Advair can be fatal. Personally, when I was having severe allergy problems, my doctor put me on Advair to help my breathing. Long story short, I had a serious reaction and was rushed to emergency with severe difficulty breathing. Advair related deaths, in clinical controlled studies, were 13 in about 13,000. While one tenth of a percent may seem small, the dangers are still quite real. Aside from the dangers of Advair reacting with other medications, such as MAO inhibitors, Advair, even by itself, can be fatal.

The biggest problem with taking a drug like Advair is that most people won't know they're allergic to the active ingredients until it's too late, kind of like finding out you're allergic to peanuts by eating one. This is why it is my opinion that this drug is too dangerous to be prescribed so easily. In my own case, tests should have been conducted to see if there was a real potential for serious reaction. Certainly with today's technology, this has to be possible. But we live in a world of prescribe first and revive the patient second.

Normally, I leave my personal feelings out of my reviews, but because of my personal experience with Advair, you need to be warned of the very real dangers of this drug.

To YOUR Health,

Steve Wagner