Are Anoro, and Flovent more effective than Advair Diskus, and Spiriva for treating COPD?
If COPD poorly controlled then Anoro should be utilized.
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I appreciate your concern..
Advair Diskus contains a selective LABA (Long-acting beta-agonist) and fluticasone a corticosteroid.
Spiriva is tiotropium bromide a LAMA (Long-acting muscarinic antagonist).
Albuterol is a beta-agonist inhaler that relaxes the bronchial smooth muscle.
Anoro is mainly a maintenance medication. It has the advantage of the once-daily dosing regimen.
Flovent contains the same fluticasone which is present in Advair.
So in summary, ANORO is the only new drug that can be of benefit. The prescribed Flovent is already present in Advair.
If the COPD is poorly controlled with the above then switching to the regimen prescribed by your doctor would be the way to go.
If the COPD is well controlled and affordability is an issue then you may discuss continuing the same medication for the time being.
Wishing you the best of health.
Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil, General & Family Physician
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