Long-acting brochodilator medications help to produce relaxation of the airway muscles for about 12 hours. A bronchodilator is a medicine that relaxes the airway muscles to allow easier breathing. It is classified as a long-term control medication.
How to Take:
- Diskus inhaler
Possible Side Effects:
- Headache, shakiness, nervousness, and fast heart rate.
- Usually given in the morning and in the evening. (approximately 12 hours apart) Should not be used more often than twice a day.
- It will not give you immediate relief during an asthma episode.
- Albuterol or a short acting bronchodilator may be used for immediate relief during an asthma episode.
- If your child needs to use albuterol more than once a day, notify your physician.
- Your physician has carefully chosen this medication for your asthma therapy.
- The package insert notes an increased risk of death from asthma complications when this medication is taken alone for asthma control.
- While on this medication, asthma episodes may be more severe when they occur.
To ensure safety with salmeterol and all asthma medications we strongly recommend the following.
Do not use sameterol to treat acute asthma symtoms. It is not a rescue medication.
Do not use this medication by itself as an asthma controller medication.
Do not stop any asthma medication without consulting your physician.
- Advair (combination Flovent and Serevent)