chest tightness caused by asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
a group of lung diseases that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
bronchospasm (constriction of air passages)
breathlessness during exercise
Mechanism of Action
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
Chronic asthma -
Adult:As metered dose aerosol or dry powder inhaler-50 mcg bid, or up to 100 mcg bid if necessary, in asthma patients withmore severe airways obstruction
Child:4-12 yr50 mcg bid
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -
Adult:As metered dose aerosol or dry powder inhaler-50 mcg bid
Prophylaxis of exercise-induced asthma -
Adult:As metered dose aerosol or dry powder inhaler-50 mcg at least 30 min prior to exercise
Child:≥4 yrSame as adult dose
Very fast heart rate
Inability to sleep
Low potassium levels in blood
Do not use salmeterol during an attack of asthma or COPD. Your doctor will prescribe a short-acting inhaler to use during attacks.Do not stop using salmeterol without talking to your doctor.
If you suddenly stop using salmeterol, your symptoms may worsen.
Do not take salmeterol, If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to salmeterol,Always activate and use the inhaler device in a level, horizontal position. Do not try to use a spacer device with salmeterol.
To prepare the device for use, open the protective foil pouch and remove the inhaler device. Hold the device in one hand. Use the thumb of the opposite hand to push the thumb grip as far away from you as it will go. The mouthpiece will appear and snap into position.
Hold the device in a level, flat position with the mouthpiece toward you. Use your thumb to slide the lever away from you as far as it will go. You should hear a click. The device is now ready for use.
Do not close or tilt the device, play with the lever, or move the lever more than once. You may accidentally release or waste a dose