Fluticasone/salmeterol is a combination of drugs containing fluticasone propionate (steroid drug class) and salmeterol xinafoate (long acting beta 2 agonist). It is a drug combination used for treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The steroid in this combination treats the inflammation process and the beta2 agonist helps with the constriction of the airways. The drug prevents coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
This drug combination is sold under different names internationally such as Advair, Viani, Seretide, Adoair, Foxair and Quikhale SF. It is available in aerosol dose inhalers and dry-powder devices.
Side effect of this drug combination can be caused by either one of the two compounds. Steroids can cause oral candidiasis for example, so it is advisable to rinse the mouth with water after every usage. It is also possible to experience raised blood pressure, an irregular and accelerated heart beat, a raised chance of getting osteoporosis, glaucoma or cataract.