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AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE


Overview

Introduction

AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE is used in the treatment of asthma (wheezing and shortness of breath) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (a lung disorder in which the flow of air to the lungs is blocked). It relaxes the muscles of the air passages and making it easier to breathe.

Your doctor will tell you how often you need to use your inhaler. It’s important that you take the lowest dose needed to effectively control your asthma. The effect of this medicine may be noticeable after a few days but will only reach its maximum after a few weeks. This medicine must be used regularly to be effective, so go on taking it even if you don't have any symptoms. That means it’s doing its job. If you stop taking it your asthma and COPD may get worse. It should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks. If an asthma attack occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler (reliever). To get the benefit from this medicine you need to make sure you get your inhaler technique right, otherwise, it Does not work as well.

The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, respiratory tract infection, fungal infections in the mouth, headache, hoarseness of voice, sore throat, cough, musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, and increased heart rate. If you get there, don’t stop taking it but do talk to your doctor. You can help prevent some of these symptoms by rinsing your mouth and throat with water or brushing your teeth after using your inhaler. There are other, rarer side effects which can be serious. Talk to your doctor if you're worried about them. In general, you should be trying to avoid situations that make your asthma worse (your triggers) and try not to smoke.

Ask your doctor whether it’s safe to take this medicine if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Before taking it, you should tell your doctor if you have any kidney or liver diseases so that your doctor can prescribe a suitable dose for you.

Side effects of Avessa Capsule

Common
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Fungal infection of mouth
  • Headache
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain
  • Increased heart rate

How to use Avessa Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it.

How Avessa Capsule works

AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE is a combination of two medicines: Formoterol and Fluticasone Propionate. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator which works by relaxing the muscles in the airways and widens the airways. Fluticasone Propionate is a steroid. It works by stopping the release of certain chemical messengers that cause inflammation (swelling) of the airways. Together, they make breathing easier.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE
₹10.8/Capsule
Combihale FF 500 Redicaps
Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
₹16.48/Capsule
53% costlier

Quick Tips

  • AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE is a combination of two medicines that opens the airways and makes it easier to breathe.
  • This medicine is for inhalation only. The tablet should not be swallowed.
  • It should be taken at the same time each day.
  • It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden breathing problems. Use your rescue inhaler to control sudden difficulty in breathing. 
  • Dry mouth may occur as a side effect. Frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, increased water intake and sugarless candy may help.
  • Gargle with warm water after each inhalation to avoid any fungal infections in your mouth and throat.
  • Take the first dose of this medicine under medical supervision as it may cause wheezing or tightening of the airways (bronchospasm) immediately after using.
  • Your doctor may regularly monitor your  blood potassium level as low oxygen level in the blood (hypoxia) and medicines such as AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE can lower blood potassium level.
  • Only miniscule amounts of AVESSA 6 MCG/500 MCG CAPSULE may get absorbed into the bloodstream after inhalation. Hence, serious side effects are unlikely.

Patient Concerns

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i m suffering from breathing problem cough chest infame . Do tell chronic obstructive pulmonary disease .So tell which medicines should i take to treat this problem.
Dr. Anshum Aneja Arora
Pulmonology
It is less likely you have copd at this age You need detailed check up and spirometry test for same
My thyroid report attached.I am at present taking 75 mg ultroxin. Is dose ok?
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
May reduce to 62.5 mcg daily and re check TSH after 6 weeks
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References
  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Asthma: fluticasone/formoterol (Flutiform) combination inhaler. [Accessed 18 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Fluticasone propionate/formoterol fumarate dihydrate. Cambridge, UK: Bard Pharmaceuticals Limited; 2018. [Accessed 24 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
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