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Serevent Inhaler contains a bronchodilator medicine referred to as a long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonist (LABA) that is prescribed to treat asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although Serevent Inhaler or generic Salmeterol lasts long, it will not help during a sudden asthma attack so your doctor will prescribe a fast-acting or rescue inhaler that should be kept with you at all times. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Your doctor can suggest a dosing schedule for you to reduce the number of asthma attacks you experience or provide maintenance treatment for COPD with adjustments as needed, so it’s important to keep all doctor visits so your condition can be monitored safely.
When your lungs are irritated from smoking, chemical fumes, air pollution, or other substances, bands of muscle around your airways constrict and impair your breathing. Serevent Inhaler will work to relax the muscles that surround your airways in order to allow them to widen so you can breathe easier. This bronchodilator medicine takes about twenty minutes to start working and lasts for approximately twelve hours. If you experience a sudden asthma attack, you must use your rescue inhaler to act on the muscles quickly and restore your breathing. Serevent Inhaler is used twice daily to limit sudden attacks and their severity.
COPD involves two breathing disorders, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Bronchitis causes inflammation to the lining of your bronchial tubes which eventually leads to scarring. This inhibits your ability to draw in a sufficient air flow to and from your lungs and heavy mucus is coughed up. Over time, the mucus build-up increases and the lining of your bronchial tubes thicken. Your body’s reaction is to cough to try and clear the mucus, but it does not help very much and the cough becomes regular.
Emphysema is the destruction of the tiny air sacs in your lungs that mean less and less oxygen is able to be transferred to your bloodstream and you become short of breath. Your lungs will also lose their elasticity so exhaling becomes difficult. There is no cure for these breathing conditions, but Serevent Inhaler can provide relief for the symptoms they cause.
Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of Serevent Inhaler if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you are on, including herbal preparations and vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Serevent Inhaler is the right medicine for you.
You should not use Serevent Inhaler if your asthma is already well controlled with another medication. Always carry a fast-acting inhaler with you in case of a sudden asthma or breathing attack. Never use Serevent Inhaler more than recommended by your doctor. If you find little or no improvement in your breathing within one week of using Serevent Inhaler, tell your doctor right away.