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Fluticasone propionate/salmeterol

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Fluticasone/salmeterol is combination medication containing fluticasone propionate and salmeterol xinafoate. It is used in the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Fluticasone propionate/salmeterol
Fluticasone propionate and salmeterol.svg
Fluticasone propionate (top)
and salmeterol (bottom)
Combination of
Fluticasone propionateGlucocorticoid
SalmeterolLong-acting β2 agonist (LABA)
Clinical data
Trade namesAdvair, Seretide
  • AU: B3
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Routes of
ATC code
Legal status
Legal status
  • AU: S4 (Prescription only)
  • CA: ℞-only
  • UK: POM (Prescription only)
  • US: ℞-only
  • In general: ℞ (Prescription only)
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Patent protection in the US expired in 2010, and European patent protection expired in 2013. A generic version was approved in the United States in 2019.[1]


Medical UsesEdit

Fluticasone, a corticosteroid, is the anti-inflammatory component of the combination which decreases inflammation in the lungs which can lead to better breathing. Salmeterol, a long acting beta-adrenoceptor agonist (LABA), treats constriction of the airways. Both combined are meant to be used as maintenance therapy and not as a rescue therapy for sudden symptoms. Together, they help prevent symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Side effectsEdit

The common and minor side effects of this combination are those of its individual drugs. For instance, the use of inhaled corticosteroids is associated with oral candidiasis (commonly known as yeast infection, or thrush). It is recommended to rinse and gargle with water after inhaling the medication. This decreases the risk of developing a candidiasis infection.

Whilst the use of inhaled steroids and long acting beta-adrenoceptor agonists (LABA) are recommended in asthma guidelines for the resulting improved symptom control,[2] concerns have been raised that salmeterol may increase the small risks of asthma deaths and this additional risk is not reduced with the additional use of inhaled steroids.[3] Other side effects from this drug combination may include increased blood pressure, change in heart rate, an irregular heartbeat, increased risk of osteoporosis, cataracts, and glaucoma.[4] With available studies, the safety of inhaled fluticasone propionate cannot be questioned for its effect on growth of asthmatic children. A systematic review published in year 2013,[5] could not derive any significant adverse effect on HPA function, growth and bone mineral density in asthmatic children when inhaled fluticasone is used for long duration and followed for up to three months.

Society and cultureEdit

Generic equivalentsEdit

On January 30, 2019, the FDA granted Mylan N.V. the first generic approval for Advair Diskus.[6]

Civil settlementsEdit

In 2012, Advair was part of a larger civil settlement agreement between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the United States, in which GSK agreed to pay $1.043 billion; the United States said that GSK promoted off-label uses of Advair and paid kickbacks to healthcare professionals to sell this drug, among others.[7]


  1. ^ Commissioner, Office of the. "Press Announcements - FDA approves first generic Advair Diskus". Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Guideline 101: British Guideline on the Management of Asthma". British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN).
  3. ^ Salpeter SR, Buckley NS, Ormiston TM, Salpeter EE (June 2006). "Meta-analysis: effect of long-acting beta-agonists on severe asthma exacerbations and asthma-related deaths". Ann. Intern. Med. 144 (12): 904–12. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-144-12-200606200-00126. PMID 16754916.
  4. ^ "US futicasone propionate/Salmeterol label" (PDF). FDA. April 2016.
  5. ^ Muley, Prasad; Shah, Monali (2013). "Safety of Inhaled Fluticasone Propionate Therapy for Pediatric Asthma - A Systematic Review". Current Drug Safety. 8 (3): 186-194. PMID 23859431.
  6. ^ "FDA approves first generic Advair Diskus". U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  7. ^ "GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Fraud Allegations and Failure to Report Safety Data". Department of Justice: Office of Public Affairs. July 2, 2012.