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Salmeterol (inhalation)

Generic Name: salmeterol (inhalation) (inhalation) sal-MEE-ter-all [ sal-MEE-ter-all
The brand names are: Serevent Diskus Serevent
Form of dosage: inhalation powder (50 mg)
Drug class: Adrenergic bronchodilators

What is Salmeterol inhalation?

Salmeterol exhaled is a powerful bronchodilator employed to stop the development of asthma attacks and exercise-induced bronchospasm.

Salmeterol inhalation can also be utilized to treat chronic obstructive respiratory illness (COPD), which includes emphysema or chronic lung disease such as bronchitis.Salmeterol inhalation is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Salmeterol inhalation

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms or warning signs of a reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Salmeterol may cause serious side effects. Contact your physician right away should you experience:

  • Worsening asthma symptoms or breathing problems following the use of salmeterol
  • A severe headache severe headache, blurred vision, the pounding of your neck or in your ears;
  • Chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeats
  • Tremors, nervousness;
  • High blood sugar—increased thirst, more frequent urine output, dry mouth or breath that smells of fruit
  • Low potassium level: leg muscles cramping, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering of your chest, thirsty or increased need to urinate, numbness or tingling muscles, a limp feeling

Common adverse effects of salmeterol could include:

  • Headache;
  • Flu symptoms;
  • Joints or muscle discomfort;
  • Irritation of the throat, cough,
  • Runny or stuffy nose.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

Xolair, albuterol, montelukast, Symbicort, Singulair, Dupixent, and Breo Ellipta


Avoid making use of salmeterol inhalation as a treatment to treat asthma attacks that have already started.

Salmeterol could increase the chance of dying from asthma. Only use the dose prescribed by your doctor for this medication, and avoid using it longer than your doctor suggests. Follow the patient's instructions to ensure safety. Consult your doctor about the risks you face and the benefits of inhaling salmeterol.

If you take salmeterol inhalation to treat asthma, It is recommended to use it in conjunction with a steroid inhalation medication to control asthma long-term. Seek medical attention when you suspect that one of your asthma medications isn't working in the same way as it should.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't take salmeterol if you are allergic to salmeterol or milk proteins.

Speak to your doctor if you were ever diagnosed with:

  • A drug or food; an allergy to a food or drug;
  • Heart disease, also known as hypertension,
  • Epilepsy or any other seizure disorder
  • Diabetes;
  • A thyroid disorder
  • The liver condition.

It is unclear if this medication will affect a newborn baby. Consult your physician if you are expecting or planning to be pregnant.It is not recommended to breastfeed while taking this medication. Consult your physician about any potential risks.

Salmeterol may increase the risk of hospitalization due to asthma among teenagers and children. It is crucial that those who are taking salmeterol for asthma use it along with a long-term medication for asthma control.Avoid giving this medicine to children who are less than 4 years old.

How to take Salmeterol inhalation?

Follow the directions on your prescription label, and go through all medication guides and instructions. Salmeterol could increase the chance of dying from asthma. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed.

Salmeterol isn't a treatment for asthma attacks. Use only fast-acting inhalation medication for an attack. Consult a doctor if breathing issues get worse rapidly or you believe the asthma medication you are taking isn't functioning in the same way.Take note of and follow the instructions for use that come along with your medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist for clarification if you are unsure of these directions.

If you are using salmeterol inhalation for asthma, then you should combine it with an inhaled steroid medication to maintain control of asthma. Take all asthma medicines according to the directions. Your dose needs may change due to surgery, illness, stress, or a recent asthma attack. Do not alter your dosage or dosing schedule unless you have the advice of your physician.Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve within 7 days.

Don't stop taking salmeterol for inhalation without talking with your physician. The symptoms of asthma may become worse if you stop taking the medicine.

If you also take a steroid medication, it is not advisable to stop taking it all at once. Follow the advice of your doctor regarding increasing your dosage.Keep at room temperature, far from heat, moisture, and sunlight.

Do not attempt to clean or disassemble the Diskus device. You can dispose of it 6 months after you've taken it from the pouch made of foil, or if the indication for dose displays a zero, whatever is first. Each Diskus device contains 60 doses.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Do not miss the missed dose, and take your next dose at the normal time. Take two doses at a at the same time.

Make sure you refill your prescription before the expiration date of your medication.

What will happen if I take excessively?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Don't blow your breath or exhale into the device. Do not pull the device off or let it become wet.

Do not use a third salmeterol (such as Advair) or any similar inhalation bronchodilator unless your doctor instructs you to. It includes formoterol (Perforomist, Symbicort, and Bevespi Dulera) or arformoterol (Brovana), as well as indacaterol (Arcapta) or olodaterol (Striverdi, Stiolto Respimat), as well as vilanterol (Anoro Ellipta, Breo Ellipta, and Trelegy Ellipta).

Interaction with other drugs

Discuss with your doctor your current medications. Numerous medicines can interact with salmeterol, particularly:

  • Nefazodone;
  • An antibiotic—clarithromycin, telithromycin;
  • Antifungal medicine: itraconazole, ketoconazole;
  • Antiviral medicine to treat HIV/AIDS: indinavir as well as nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir
  • Blood pressure or heart medicine, such as diuretics ("water pill") or beta-blockers (atenolol, carvedilol, metoprolol, propranolol, timolol, sotalol, and many others),
  • An MAO inhibitor—isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

This list isn't complete, and other medications may influence salmeterol. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. There are many possible interactions between drugs that are included here.