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General Information on Salmeterol

Generic Name : Salmeterol

Pronunciation : sal-ME-ter-ol

Latest prescription information about Salmeterol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Asthmatics

Why is Salmeterol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a long-acting beta2-adrenergic receptor agonist, prescribed for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  It widens the airways in the lungs, which help in easy breathing.

When should Salmeterol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Salmeterol?

Adult: Inhalation- Chronic asthma; COPD As metered-dose aerosol or dry powder inhalation: 50 mcg twice daily, up to 100 mcg twice daily if needed.

How should Salmeterol be taken?

It comes as powder for inhalation; inhale as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Salmeterol?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, diabetes, epilepsy, liver or heart disease, who are taking other medications, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• Monitor serum potassium level while taking this medication.

• It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Monitor blood sugar and blood pressure regularly while taking this medication.

• It should be used to treat asthma only if you are currently taking a long-term asthma-control medicine (eg, inhaled corticosteroids) and your asthma is not well controlled.

What are the side effects of Salmeterol?

•  Eye and ENT: Eye inflammation, nasal/sinus congestion, sinus headache, throat irritation, inflammation of sinus, ear infection and pain.
•  Central Nervous System : Headache, dizziness, sleep disturbances and tingling.
•  Respiratory : Asthma, inflammation of bronchus, cough, nose inflammation and viral respiratory infection.
•  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting and oral mucosal abnormality.
•  Musculoskeletal: Muscle/joint pain, muscle cramps and spasms.
•  Skin: Skin inflammation and rashes.
•  Heart: High blood pressure.
•  Miscellaneous: Localized aches, pains and fever.

What are the other precautions for Salmeterol?

Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid high doses; otherwise it may cause serious heart problems.

What are the storage conditions for Salmeterol?

Store it at controlled room temperature (20ē to 25ēC), and keep away from children.

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