What is Serevent Diskus?
Serevent (salmeterol) is a beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator.
What is Serevent Diskus used for?
Serevent is used as a long-term treatment to prevent or reduce wheezing and breathing trouble caused by asthma and lung disease such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or emphysema. However, the medicine does not treat an asthma attack that has started already.
How does Serevent Diskus work?
Serevent works by relaxing muscles and causing airways to widen. This helps improve breathing and controls breathing problems.
How to use Serevent Diskus
Serevent should be taken in the manner prescribed by the doctor. Taking it for longer periods or in larger amounts than recommended can cause health problems and may increase the risk of asthma-related death.
Serevent is usually taken twice daily, using an inhaler. Keep a gap of 12 hours between two doses. Before using the inhaler for the first time, release two test sprays into the air, away from your face. Shake the device well before each use. Remember to take the medicine at the same times each day.
Throw away the inhaler device if the dose indicator displays a zero, or if 6 weeks have passed after you took the medicine out of the foil pouch.
Serevent Diskus warnings and precautions
Do not use Serevent if you are allergic to salmeterol. Prior to taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, a thyroid disorder, diabetes, heart or liver disease, epilepsy or if you are allergic to any drug or food item.
Do not use a second form of salmeterol, for example, Advair. Also, do not use a similar bronchodilator medicine, for example, formoterol or arformoterol, unless advised by the doctor. Make sure that the device is not taken apart or does not get wet. Never exhale or blow into the device.
It is important to note that the medication is not to be administered to children below the age of 4 years. Pregnant and lactating women should not use the drug without consulting their doctors.
What do I do if I have missed a Serevent Diskus dose?
If you have missed your Serevent dose you can take the missed dose as soon as you remember but do not take it if it is time for your next dose. Also, wait for 12 hours before taking the next regularly scheduled dose.
What do I do if I have taken a Serevent Diskus overdose?
If you have taken a Serevent overdose you should seek medical attention.
Serevent Diskus interactions
Before taking Serevent, consult your doctor if you take caffeine, decongestant, diet medicines; theophylline (Theo-24, Elixophyllin, Uniphyl), aminophylline (Truphylline); antibiotics such as clarithromycin (Biaxin) or telithromycin (Ketek), a beta-blocker such as metoprolol (Toprol, Lopressor), atenolol (Tenormin), nadolol (Corgard), sotalol (Betapace), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), carvedilol (Coreg), or propranolol (InnoPran, Inderal); a diuretic (water pill); HIV/AIDS medication such as nelfinavir (Viracept), indinavir (Crixivan), atazanavir (Reyataz), ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra), or saquinavir (Invirase); an antidepressant such as nefazodone, desipramine (Norpramin), amitriptyline (Elavil), imipramine (Tofranil) or nortriptyline (Pamelor); an MAO inhibitor such as phenelzine (Nardil), isocarboxazid (Marplan), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate); other bronchodilators such as bitolterol (Tornalate), levalbuterol (Xopenex), pirbuterol (Maxair), salmeterol (Serevent), terb
Serevent Diskus side effects
Serevent side effects include hives, skin rash, numbness, pain, bruising, muscle weakness, severe tingling, tremors, shaking, restlessness, breathing trouble, chest pain, fast heartbeats, choking, wheezing, worsening asthma symptoms; swelling of face, tongue, lips or throat and other allergic reactions. If you get any of these side effects after using Serevent, contact your doctor.
Diarrhea, headache, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, irritation in throat, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and light-headedness are some less serious side effects of Serevent.
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