Digital Inhalers AirDuo® Digihaler™ and ArmonAir® Digihaler™ Now On The Market
Two new digital maintenance inhalers for people with asthma are now available. The AirDuo® Digihaler™ inhalation powder and ArmonAir® Digihaler™ inhalation powder can be used by people ages 12 years and older. Both inhalers are made by the drug company Teva Respiratory.1
AirDuo Digihaler is used to control and prevent asthma symptoms. ArmonAir Digihaler is used for the long-term treatment of asthma. These inhalers are not rescue inhalers. They cannot be used to treat an asthma attack.1
How do AirDuo Digihaler and ArmonAir Digihaler work?
The AirDuo Digihaler contains two ingredients, fluticasone propionate (also called fluticasone) and salmeterol. Fluticasone is a steroid. It helps decrease inflammation in the lungs, which helps asthma. Salmeterol is a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA). It helps relax the muscles in the airways, helping people with asthma breathe easier.2
The ArmonAir Digihaler contains only 1 ingredient, fluticasone propionate (also called fluticasone). Fluticasone helps asthma by decreasing lung inflammation.3
What is a Digihaler?
A Digihaler is a digital inhaler. The AirDuo Digihaler and ArmonAir Digihaler contain built-in BluetoothⓇ Wireless Technology. The inhaler connects to a mobile app. The app records data, such as when you open the cap or take a puff of the inhaler.1
People who use a Digihaler can share their data with their doctors. This information helps your doctor see the full picture. It helps them make decisions about your treatment.1
What are the side effects?
The most common side effects of AirDuo Digihaler include:2
- Yeast infection in the mouth
- Back pain
The most common side effects of ArmonAir Digihaler include:3
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Yeast infection in the mouth
Serious side effects of AirDuo Digihaler and ArmonAir Digihaler include:1
- Oral thrush, a fungal infection in the mouth or throat
- Immune system suppression, which means you may be more likely to get an infection (or worsening of an existing infection)
- Adrenal function problems, which can occur when you stop taking an oral steroid (like prednisone) and start taking an inhaled steroid (like AirDuo or ArmonAir). Symptoms of adrenal problems can include feeling tired or weak, lack of energy, nausea, vomiting, or low blood pressure.
- Severe allergic reactions may occur. Stop using the inhaler and seek emergency medical care if you have a rash, hives, breathing problems, or swelling of the face, mouth, or tongue.
Additionally, the AirDuo Digihaler can cause sudden breathing problems, increased blood pressure, fast heartbeat, chest pain, tremor, and nervousness.
These are not all the possible side effects of these drugs. Talk to your doctor about what to expect or if you experience any changes that worry you.
Things to know about AirDuo Digihaler and ArmonAir Digihaler
The AirDuo Digihaler and ArmonAir Digihaler both record and store information about how you use your inhaler. You can use these inhalers in combination with an app on your mobile device. You do not need to connect to the app to use your inhaler.1
The AirDuo Digihaler and ArmonAir Digihaler are not rescue inhalers for an asthma attack. You should always carry a rescue inhaler with you.
Do not use AirDuo Digihaler and ArmonAir Digihaler if you are allergic to milk proteins or any of the ingredients in either inhaler.
The AirDuo Digihaler has an ingredient called salmeterol, a LABA. When a LABA like salmeterol is used alone, it can increase the risk of hospitalizations and death from asthma problems. However, AirDuo contains both salmeterol and fluticasone. When salmeterol and fluticasone are used together, there is not an increased risk of these events. Do not take AirDuo Digihaler with any other medicines that contain a LABA ingredient.2
With the AirDuo Digihaler, sudden breathing problems may occur right after you use the inhaler. If this occurs, stop using your inhaler and call your doctor immediately.
With the ArmonAir Digihaler, increased wheezing may occur after using the inhaler. If this occurs, stop using your inhaler and call your doctor right away.2,3
Before you take AirDuo Digihaler or ArmonAir Digihaler, talk to your doctor about all the medical conditions you have. Tell your doctor about any other drugs, vitamins, or supplements you are taking. This includes over-the-counter drugs.
Talk with your doctor about your current treatment and whether these drugs may be right for your situation.
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