Serevent inhaler is a most prominent medication used in the management of reversible airways obstacle in asthma such as nocturnal asthma and exercise-induced asthma in adults and children who are taking corticosteroids to treat asthma. It is also useful in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and produces long-lasting bronchodilatation in adults. Serevent inhaler consists of Salmeterol, a long-acting beta 2 agonist. It binds to the beta 2 receptors in the lungs and causes the muscles in the airways to relax. This causes the airways to open and enhances the passage of air.
Who should refrain themselves from using Serevent inhaler?
- If the patients have allergic reactions with Serevent inhaler, then they should avoid using this medicine.
- This medicine is not recommended for children under 4 years of age.
What are the drug interactions of Serevent inhaler?
People who are using Serevent inhaler should use some medicines such as Atenolol, Propanolol, Timolol, Acetazolamide, Prednisolone, Bendroflumethiazide, Furosemide, Salbutamol, Terbutaline, Theophylline, Ketoconazole, Itraconazole, Telaprevir, and Clarithromycin, as these medicines alter the efficacy of Serevent inhaler.
How can Serevent inhaler be used?
Serevent inhaler is administered by the inhaled route only. For the management of reversible airways obstruction due to asthma, a patient has to take two inhalations twice daily. In one inhalation a patient can receive 25 mg of Salmeterol. For the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a patient has to take two inhalations twice daily.
What are the side effects a patient can experience while using Serevent inhaler?
A patient can experience some common side effects while using Serevent inhalers such as harshness invoice, throat irritation, headache, fast heartbeat, uneasiness, cough, dry mouth or throat, or stomach upset.
- This medicine should be used only as an addition to corticosteroids in the treatment of asthma.
- Patients are advised not to discontinue or decrease corticosteroid therapy, even if they feel better.
- A patient with thyrotoxicosis can use this medicine with caution.