Inhaled salmeterol/fluticasone propionate: a review of its use in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Caroline Fenton, Gillian M Keating
Drugs 2004, 64 (17): 1975-96
The salmeterol/fluticasone propionate dry powder inhaler (DPI) [Advair Diskus, Seretide Accuhaler] contains the long-acting beta2-adrenoceptor agonist salmeterol and the inhaled corticosteroid fluticasone propionate. In the US, twice-daily salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/250 microg is approved for use in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis, and in the EU, the twice-daily 50/500 microg dosage is approved for use in patients with severe COPD, repeat exacerbations and significant symptoms despite bronchodilator therapy. In patients with moderate-to-severe COPD, twice-daily inhaled salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/250 or 50/500 microg for 24-52 weeks improves predose forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) significantly more than salmeterol monotherapy, improves postdose or postbronchodilator FEV1 significantly more than fluticasone propionate monotherapy and results in clinically significant improvements in health-related quality of life. Salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/500 microg significantly reduced annual COPD exacerbations, especially in severe COPD. Some corticosteroid-related adverse events were increased in recipients of fluticasone propionate with or without salmeterol versus salmeterol monotherapy or placebo; withdrawal from fluticasone propionate, including combination therapy, needs careful management to minimise COPD exacerbations. The DPI combining a corticosteroid and long-acting beta2-agonist provides benefits over monotherapy and may encourage patient compliance in COPD.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"