Salmeterol

Information about Salmeterol

Salmeterol Uses

Salmeterol is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

How Salmeterol works

Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways and widens airways. This makes breathing easier.

Common side effects of Salmeterol

Tremor, Headache, Restlessness, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Palpitations, Muscle cramp
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Available Medicine for Salmeterol

SerobidCipla Ltd
109 to ₹1782 variant(s)
AzrolSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
1081 variant(s)
SalmeterDr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd
135 to ₹1392 variant(s)

Expert advice for Salmeterol

  • This medicine is for inhalation only. The tablet should not be swallowed.
  • Salmeterol should be taken at the same time each day.
  • Take the first dose of this medicine under medical supervision as it may cause wheezing or tightening of the airways (bronchospasm) immediately after using.
  • It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden breathing problems. Use your rescue inhaler to control sudden difficulty in breathing. 
  • Gargle with warm water after each inhalation to avoid any fungal infections in your mouth and throat.
  • Dry mouth may occur as a side effect. Frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, increased water intake and sugarless candy may help.

Frequently asked questions for Salmeterol

Salmeterol

Q. Is Salmeterol a steroid inhaler/ a bronchodilator/ beta blocker?

Salmeterol belongs to a class of medications called long-acting beta agonists (LABAs). It works by relaxing and opening air passages in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. It is not a steroid; however it is available in combination with steroids as an inhaler. It is not a beta blocker

Q. Is salmeterol the same as albuterol/ salbutamol/ Ventolin /Advair/ Seretride/ Esiflo 250?

Salmeterol (also available as Seretride, Esiflo 250) is different from salbutamol (also known as albuterol, Ventolin). Advair is brand name for salmeterol and fluticasone combination

Q. How quickly does Salmeterol work?

Salmeterol will not work quickly enough to relieve an asthma attack that has already started; it is used for prevention of asthma attack. Your doctor may prescribe another inhaler (a shorter-acting bronchodilator), if you get an attack

Q. Is Salmeterol licensed for COPD?

Salmeterol is licensed for the treatment of COPD

Q. Does Seretide stunt growth/ hoarseness/ increased blood pressure/ weight gain?

Salmeterol (Seretide) is not known to cause stunt growth/ hoarseness/ increased blood pressure/ weight gain. However, if you experience such side effects please consult your doctor.

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