| Serevent Accuhaler
| Salmeterol Xinafoate
What is Serevent Accuhaler?
The Serevent Accuhaler contains the active ingredient salmeterol and is considered a long acting beta agonist (LABA). It can relax and open the air passages in the lungs to make breathing easier. It is used as a maintenance treatment to prevent or decrease coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing caused by asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Some people may also use the medication to prevent bronchospasms brought on by exercise.
How is Serevent Accuhaler used?
The Serevent Accuhaler is usually inhaled twice daily in evenly spaced intervals 12 hours apart. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patientís condition and their reaction to the medication. For patients preventing breathing problems caused by exercise, it should be taken at least 30 minutes before exercising and should not exceed one dose every 12 hours. Do not discontinue the medication without consulting a doctor as abruptly ending the treatment may lead to a worsening of symptoms.
Patients using the Serevent Accuhaler may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Throat irritation
- Dry mouth or throat
- Upset stomach
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Worsening of symptoms
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
The inhaler is used as a long term preventative treatment and should not be used to relieve acute asthma attacks.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Serevent Accuhaler is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.