Initial dose based on previous asthma drug therapy and disease severity; 100 mcg via oral inhalation once daily is the usual recommended starting dose for patients not on an inhaled corticosteroid. After 2 weeks of therapy, if asthma symptoms are uncontrolled, increase dose to 200 mcg via oral inhalation once daily. Max: 200 mcg once daily. Administer at the same time each day. The maximum beneficial effect may not be achieved for up to 2 weeks or longer after starting treatment. Titrate to the lowest effective dose once asthma stability is achieved.
Although patients receiving systemic corticosteroid therapy are more susceptible to secondary infection than patients not receiving corticosteroids, administration via the inhaled route minimizes this risk. Corticosteroid therapy can mask the symptoms of infection and should not be used in cases of bacterial, fungal, or viral infections that are not adequately controlled by anti-infective agents, except in life-threatening circumstances. Fluticasone; salmeterol should be avoided in patients with tuberculosis infections of the respiratory tract if possible. The incidence or course of acute bacterial or viral infection is probably minimally affected by inhaled corticosteroids in immunocompetent individuals; however, close monitoring of patients with immunosuppression is recommended if treatment with an inhaled corticosteroid is necessary.