ooooooooo don't go off advair cold turkey especially with advair 500!! Inhaled steroids can still cause the deterioration of your adrenal glands, similar to what happens with prednisone. There is a reason you must taper off of prednisone when taking at a high dose or long period - adrenal insufficency.
You may get muscle cramps, low blood pressure, headaches, nausea, mental symptoms all the way to sezuires and possible death (completely ignoring the fact that your asthma will come completely out of control).
Your adrenal glands regulate your electrolytes (sodium, potassium mainly) that is important for the functioning of every cell in your body, as well as other hormones through the production of cortisol and other steroids. Advair contains synthetic steroids that are seen as the same as those your body produces, since your adrenal glands (and other organs like pituitary and hypothalamus) sense the steroids are present in your blood they don't produce and release anymore. Without the production of natural steroids, your adrenal glands can become weak (basically lazy) and when you stop the medication they are unable to produce the amount needed to regulate your bodily functions - which can lead to bad consquences.
Summary (in case my post was too scienfic, I'm sorry): advair may cause your adrenal glands to become lazy - adrenal glands important for many functions throughout your body - when you stop taking your advair your adrenal glands are unable to keep up with your body's needs - which leads to many problems/symptoms and can be deathly.
Please start taking your advair again (i know how expensive it is I paid for it full price for 6 months as a university student without a job so I feel your pain) and see your doctor if the symptoms do not disappear within a day or two. Let us know how you feel too!!
WEbsite with some info: http://endocrine-system.emedtv.com/adrenal-insufficiency/adrenal-insufficiency-symptoms.html
you can order advair from a Canadian pharmacy for alot less than it costs here. they have the good sense to put price controls on drugs. research it now, because it takes 2-3 weeks to receive them after you order. good luck!
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