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(sal ME te role)
U.S. Brand Names
Canadian Brand Names
Serevent® Diskhaler® Disk; Serevent® Diskus®
Mexican Brand Names
Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist; Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist, Long-Acting
What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?
• In patients with asthma, long-acting inhalers may increase asthma-related deaths. Talk with healthcare provider.
• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.
• Please read the medication guide.
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to salmeterol or any other part of this medicine.
• If you are allergic to milk, talk with healthcare provider.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
• If you are having a breathing attack.
How does it work?
• Salmeterol works at sites in the airways to relax the muscles and improve oxygen delivery.
How is it best taken?
• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
• For inhaling (puffing) only.
• Rinse out mouth after each use.
• Do not use a spacer with the inhaler.
• Never wash inhaler. Keep dry.
• Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Read and follow all instructions provided with inhaler. Using the inhaler the right way is very important.
• If exercise causes symptoms, use at least 30 minutes before activity. Do not take another dose for at least 12 hours.
• Do not use more than 2 doses a day.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• Monitor asthma with peak flow meter.
• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.
• Follow up with healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store inhaler at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion after 6 weeks.
• Protect from heat.
• Protect from light.
• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
Created: 2005-04-07 17:17:13.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:21:41.0
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