I have had a very negative experience with Advair. I was on the drug for over 8 years, and have switched to a different inhaler in the last two months.
While on Advair I have had issues with:
Bone Loss (increase in number of cavities)
Visions problems (my prescription doubled, swollen eyes, micro abrasions)
May have arthritis, waiting to go to a specialist
Weight gain, 10lbs a year
I would give up bikes, beer, steak and women before I would go on Advair again. At first Advair was a gift from god, I could breathe, being around pets go outside etc… Overtime it was not worth the side effects. I would try and speak to my asthma specialist about what I thought were side effects, but he would always dispel them. I had to make a change, everything told that I had to get off Advair. I was able to decrease my dosage over time, and one day just called and begged my doctor to switch inhalers.
What other people say about Advair side effects:
I am now on Qvar. It been almost 2 months, it’s like I have woken up from a nightmare. I am happy, no mood swings etc… Old friends and family have commented on the change in my outlook on life and my demeanor.
I would listen to my body and my lungs. Doctors and not god and are not always right. My asthma doctor and I have been working together for over fifteen years; I have check-ups every six months and it still took me begging and almost crying to get off of Advair.
After my Advair rant, there are some other factors as to way you think advair is not working for you: what time are your attacks, when are you taking Advair, what about stress in your life, are there new triggers in your life etc…
Hope this helps