I see some people use Advair, some Spiriva. Is there a reason to use one over the other?
@A MyCOPDTeam Member Advair has a steroid component to it just like Flovent so you have to make sure you rinse your mouth carefully with fresh water every time you take a puff. I have used steroid inhalers for almost 20 years & have always rinsed my mouth & have never had trouble with thrush. When I ended up in the hospital with a pleural effusion, even the nurses did not know you needed to rinse your mouth & I had to tell them! Also, make sure you don't swallow the water you use to rinse, it has to be spit out.
I use Advair 250, 1 puff in the morning & 1 puff in the evening. I had been on Flovent (for asthma) for many years before changing to Advair. I have COPD & asthma.
With Spiriva, one dose lasts 24 hours, with Advair you generally take it in the morning and at bedtime. I am on both. The advair was used to try and get me off predisone. There are different strengths of advair, I know there is 250 and 500 and there may be 125 also.