The medicine in Serevent Inhaler is known as a bronchodilator. A bronchodilator keeps the breathing tubes in your lungs open and relieves the symptoms of asthma and other chest conditions. When used as your doctor has told you, Serevent Inhaler helps you to breathe more easily. Serevent gives relief, for up to twelve hours, from chest tightness or wheeze due to asthma, or other chest conditions in adults namely chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). You should use Serevent Inhaler regularly every day, twice daily, in the morning and in the evening.
The medicine in Serevent Inhaler does not start working as quickly as a 'reliever puffer' such as Ventolin. You should always carry a 'reliever puffer' with you. If you have an asthma attack, use your 'reliever puffer', NOT your Serevent Inhaler.
If you have asthma, your doctor will tell you to use a 'preventer' medicine regularly every day as well as Serevent Inhaler. If you have COPD, your doctor will advise you what other medicines to take.
The medicine in Serevent Inhaler is not addictive.
Serevent (salmeterol) is available in 25 micrograms per actuation inhaler and 50 micrograms per actuation Accuhaler. Serevent is a fully funded medicine. Prescription Medicine for the treatment of asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or chronic bronchitis. Use strictly as directed. Serevent is not a replacement for inhaled corticosteroids (your preventer medicine) and should not be used as the main or only treatment. The medicine in Serevent does not start working as quickly as a 'reliever puffer' such as Ventolin. Always carry a 'reliever puffer' with you. If you have an asthma attack, use your 'reliever puffer'. If you have asthma, your doctor will tell you to use a ‘preventer’ medicine regularly every day as well as Serevent. Do not use Serevent if you: are allergic to Serevent or any ingredients in the inhaler. Tell your doctor if you: have an allergy to any medicine, are having treatment for a thyroid problem or blood pressure, have a heart problem, or if your asthma is unstable or getting worse. Side Effects may include: “shaky” feeling, headache, fast heart rate, muscle cramps, pain in the joints, irritation in the nose and throat. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health professional. Additional Consumer Medicine Information for Serevent is available at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Normal doctor's office visit fees apply. Ask your doctor if Serevent is right for you.
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