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is the advair diskus 500/50 the equivalent to the advair hfa 115/21?
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That I don't know, but most doctors have discontinued using Advair 500/50 and even the lesser strengths can cause serious problems. The FDA issued a warning last February concerning steroid inhalers. It stated, in brief, that they were to be used only when nothing else worked, and even then for only short periods of time.
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What?!!  OMG my doctor just prescribed this stupid crap to me!!!  WTF?  I'm seriously ticked right now!!  I can't believe I just came upon this!!  Thanks!!
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No Advair 115 HFA is not equivalent to 500/50. when in doubt always ask your pharmacist or read the package insert/prescribing info online which will give you the equivalent.  
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that's not what the FDA said about inhaled steroids - by saying "in short" you made a very scary generalization and you missed the fact that the guidance from the FDA was for ASTHMA patients not COPD patients- much different disease.  ALSO Advair is not just an inhaled steroid, it's a combination product that includes a bronchdilator - to summarize it's not crap as a matter of fact it saves lives. You can look up the studies on www.pubmed.com. Find an MD you trust by asking friends and family
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