Salmeterol (Serevent) is a long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator. It reaches effect by widening the airways in the lungs, making breathing easier.
Use Serevent as by your doctor’s directions.
- Activate and use Salmeterol device in horizontal position only. Never try to any spacer devices with Salmeterol.
- Open the protective foil pouch and remove the inhaler mechanism to prepare the device for use. Holding Serevent in one hand, use the thumb of the opposite hand to push thumb-grip as far away from you as possible, until mouthpiece appears and snaps it into position.
- The mouthpiece should be held towards you in a level, flat position. Slide the lever using your thumb maximally away from you until you hear a click. Now, the device is ready for use.
- In order not to release or waste a dose avoid closing or tilting the device and playing with lever or moving the lever more than once.
- Doses should not be missed even if you start feeling well.
- When you finished taking a dose make sure to close the device. The thumb-grip should be brought back towards you until you hear a click and the lever is returned to its original position.
- To prevent breathing problems while exercising, take Serevent at least 30 minutes before starting exercises. Next dose should be taken not earlier than in 12 hours after previous one. If you regularly use Salmeterol twice a day, do NOT take an extra dose before exercising.
- Dose of Serevent is served as a very fine powder. Almost all patients can taste or feel it. However, if you don’t feel it, do not use more than recommended. If you still doubt in receiving your dose contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- The inhaler should be thrown out in 6 weeks after removing it from protective foil pouch or when all blisters have been used.
- Mouthpiece or any other part of inhaler should never be washed. It has to be dry and always stored in a dry place.
Contact your health care provider in case of any questions regarding using Salmeterol.
Missed dose of Serevent should be skipped and you should return to regular dosing schedule. Don’t take 2 doses at a time.
Serevent sould be stored at room temperature, between 68-77ºF (20-25ºC). Keep Serevent away from heat, moisture, and light. Throw Serevent away in 6 weeks after removing from the foil pouch. Keep Salmeterol away from reach of children and/or pets.
Serevent Safety information
Do not use Serevent in case of:
- Allergy to any of Serevent’s ingredients;
- Asthma attacks (e.g., sudden severe onset or worsening of asthma symptoms such as chest tightness, cough, shortness of breath, wheezing).
If any of the above applies to you, immediately contact to your doctor or health care provider.
The following information is very improtant:
- Restrain from driving or performing other possibly unsafe tasks until you make sure how to react to them.
- Avoid smoke, pollen, pet dander, dust, or molds as they can cause trigger an asthma attack.
- If asthma attack has started Serevent will not stop it. You should use another inhaler which helps during asthma attack if you have one.
- Try to avoid irritants that may trigger an asthma attack, such as smoke, pollen, pet dander, dust, or molds.
- Immediately contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve after one week with Serevent, or if the symptoms get worse.
- Advice with doctor regarding use of short-acting bronchodilator inhaler (e.g. albuerol) with Serevent. Such inhalers are normally used with Serevent while treating breathing problems occurred between doses.
- High doses of Serevent may increase the risk of getting serious heart problems (e.g. irregular heartbeat). Do not over dose Serevent or use more often than prescribed.
- You should also contact to a doctor if your peak flow meter results have decreased or if you notice bad work or more often use of your short-acting bronchodilator inhaler (e.g. 4 or more times a day, for more than 2 days in a row; more than 1 canister in 8 weeks).
- Do not use Serevent instead of corticosteroid. You should contact doctor before stopping or reducing the dose, if you are using corticosteroid medicine for asthma.
- Severe breathing problems may appear sometimes after using a dose. Short-acting bronchodilator should be used in such cases and immediately contact your doctor.
- Serevent may affect blood sugar of diabetes patients. Attentively check blood sugar level.
- Elder people should be more attentive to the use of Serevent as they can be more sensitive to its effects, especially effects on heart.
- Children under 4 should not use Serevent; safety and effectiveness of the medicine on these kids was not tested.
- Lab tests (including lung function tests and blood pressure) for monitoring your condition or checking for side effects may be performed, while using Serevent. Do not miss any doctor and lab appointments.
- You should contact your doctor in case of pregnancy to discuss benefits and risks of Serevent use. It is not discovered if Serevent was found in breast milk, check with your doctor on this occasion as well if you plan to breast-feed.
- Serevent should be used only if prescribed. Never share this medicine with other people. Contact with your doctor if symptoms are not improving or becoming worse.
Serevent Side Effects
Tell your doctor if you discover any of these most common side effects:
- headache; nervousness; nasal or sinus congestion or stuffy nose; throat irritation; tremor.
Immediate medical attention is a must if any of these severe side effects occur:
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; choking; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever; new or worsening asthma symptoms (e.g., increased chest tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, or wheezing); overexcitement; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; severe or persistent muscle pain or cramps.