Results shown are from a 12-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study of 349 patients aged 12 years and older, with asthma (mean baseline forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV 1 ] 66% to 69% predicted) previously treated with medium doses of inhaled corticosteroids. Patients were randomized to treatment with ADVAIR DISKUS 250/50, fluticasone propionate 250 mcg, salmeterol 50 mcg, or placebo, each given twice daily through the DISKUS device. Patients were withdrawn from the study because of worsening asthma if they met any of the following criteria: a clinical exacerbation requiring emergency treatment, hospitalization, or use of asthma medication not allowed by the study protocol; a decrease in FEV 1 of more than 20% from the predose FEV 1 at the randomization visit; more than a 20% decrease from the mean morning baseline PEF (peak expiratory flow) on more than 3 of 7 days immediately preceding a visit; 12 or more albuterol puffs per day on more than 2 of 7 days immediately preceding a visit; or more than 2 nights with awakenings caused by asthma symptoms that required albuterol during the 7 days immediately preceding a clinic visit.
Fluticasone propionate, a component of ADVAIR DISKUS, will often help control asthma symptoms with less suppression of HPA function than therapeutically equivalent oral doses of prednisone. Since fluticasone propionate is absorbed into the circulation and can be systemically active at higher doses, the beneficial effects of ADVAIR DISKUS in minimizing HPA dysfunction may be expected only when recommended dosages are not exceeded and individual patients are titrated to the lowest effective dose. A relationship between plasma levels of fluticasone propionate and inhibitory effects on stimulated cortisol production has been shown after 4 weeks of treatment with fluticasone propionate inhalation aerosol. Since individual sensitivity to effects on cortisol production exists, physicians should consider this information when prescribing ADVAIR DISKUS.
The normal inflammatory response to local infections can be masked by halobetasol. Application of topical corticosteroids to areas of infection, including tuberculosis of the skin, dermatologic fungal infection, and cutaneous or systemic viral infection (., measles or varicella), should be initiated or continued only if the appropriate antiinfective treatment is instituted. Herpes infection may be transmitted to other sites, including the eye. If the infection does not respond to the antimicrobial therapy, the concurrent use of the topical corticosteroid should be discontinued until the infection is controlled. Topical corticosteroids may delay the healing of non-infected wounds, such as venous stasis ulcers.