Saturday, December 8, 2012

Serevent (salmeterol)

In people whose asthma or airways disease is not controlled with short-acting bronchodilators (e.g. salbutamol) and regular inhaled anti-inflammatory, such as corticosteroids, salmeterol is used as an additional regular inhaler to help keep the airways open. It is particularly useful for preventing shortness of breath caused by exercise, and for taking before bed to prevent shortness of breath that is worse at night.
Salmeterol is taken using an inhaler device. Inhaling the medicine allows it to act directly in the lungs where it is needed most.
The possible side effects are:

  1. Shaking usually of the hands
  2. Heart palpitations
  3. Headache
  4. Difficulty in sleeping etc.

Serevent explanation

Please do not use Seretide Evohaler to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.Salmeterol may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Use only the prescribed dose of Seretide Evohaler.

Please do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using this medication.

Remember, before using Seretide Evohaler, tell your doctor if you have a food or drug allergy, heart disease, high blood pressure, a seizure disorder, an infection, a weak immune system, diabetes, glaucoma, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, a thyroid disorder, or liver disease.

Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual.

Source: www.medicinenet.com