Serevent Diskus Salmeterol Xinafoate and/or alternatives
Serevent Diskus is an inhalation drug constituted of Salmeterol xinafoate and lactose. It is a bronchodilator and works by relaxing the muscles to improve breathing. Patients suffering from frequent asthma attacks can buy Serevent Diskus in either the institutional pack containing 28 blisters or the 60 blisters pack. Each blister contains 50mcg of Salmeterol.
The generic name for Serevent Diskus is Salmeterol xinafoate inhalation powder. It belongs to a class of medicines known as ‘long acting beta2 adrenergic agonist’ or LABA medications.
Indications & Dosage of Serevent Diskus
Serevent Diskus is indicated in the treatment of the following medical conditions:
- Exercise-induced bronchospasm
- COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Serevent Diskus patients are required to use this medication exactly as instructed by the doctor. Overdosing on this inhalation drug may cause serious harm to the health. The dosage usually recommended varies in different medical situations as follows:
For patients who buy Serevent Diskus to treat COPD or asthma, one inhalation two times daily is the advised. There should be a gap of 12 hours between two consecutive doses.
For preventing exercise-induced bronchospasm, Serevent Diskus should be inhaled once at least half an hour before exercising.
It is essential to note that Serevent does not work once an asthma attack has started.
Blisters containing Serevent Diskus should be stored at room temperature and discarded within 6 weeks of opening.
Side Effects & Interactions of Serevent Diskus
Serevent Diskus users may experience side effects which can range from being mild to serious adverse reactions. Some of the common and relatively mild side effects of this drug are listed below:
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Stomach troubles, diarrhea
- Irritated throat
- Dry mouth, increased thirst
The more serious effects of this drug require immediate medical attention and should not be overlooked. A few of such major side effects of Serevent Diskus are listed below:
- Pounding heartbeats
- Chest pain
- Skin rashes
- Severe tingling sensations or numbness
- Easy bruising
- Muscle cramps, pain and weakness
- Serious breathing problems
- Choking sensations, wheezing
As Serevent Diskus interacts with a wide range of drugs, patients should always inform their doctors regarding their current medications, before starting a new drug or quitting or altering the dosage of any old one. Some drugs that are known to majorly interact with Serevent Diskus and may affect the health adversely are co-administered are as follows:
- Antibiotics like Biaxin or Ketek
- Beta blockers
- MAO inhibitors
- HIV-AIDS medications
- Other LABA medications
Warnings & Precautions of Serevent Diskus
Serevent Diskus has been reported to be responsible for asthma-induced deaths. It should not be used after an attack has begun. It is essentially important for patients to use this drug with another medication meant to control asthma.
Patients should disclose their medical history to the doctor before using Serevent Diskus, especially if they have medical conditions like thyroid disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, heart diseases, hypertension and liver disorders.
Since Serevent Diskus is a pregnancy category C drug; it should be used by pregnant women only after close consultation with the doctor.
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