Generic Name: salmeterol
Drug Class: long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA)
Serevent Diskus Indications
Serevent Diskus is an oral prescription inhalation used as a long-term treatment for asthma and to prevent bronchospasm. It is also given to patients with bronchospasm due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Serevent Diskus Dosage Forms
This is available in the form of Serevent Diskus 50 mcg per blister.
Serevent Diskus Mechanism of Action
This oral inhaler primarily works by stimulating a certain enzyme which allows the conversion of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to cyclic adenosine monophosphate (AMP). This results in the relaxation of bronchial smooth muscles and inhibition of the release of immediate hypersensitivity mediators.
How to Use Serevent Diskus
Before you use this prescription product, you must read the patient information leaflet or brochure that comes with it. Do not use this oral inhaler unless you thoroughly understand all the information and instructions. Get medical advice or additional details from your doctor or pharmacist.
This is usually prescribed twice a day, twelve hours apart. Set up a schedule so you don’t forget to take it. Do not increase/decrease your Serevent Diskus dosage or use this inhaler more frequently than prescribed.
Step-by-Step Guide on how to use Serevent Diskus
- Open the foil pouch. Write the date when the pack is opened and the discard date on the label. The discard date is 6 weeks after it has been opened.
- Open the inhaler by holding it with one hand and using the other hand to push the thumb grip open until the mouthpiece is fully visible. You will hear a snap.
- Hold the diskus in a flat position with the mouthpiece facing you. Push the lever away from the mouthpiece fully. The counter in the inhaler will show “1” which means that the it is ready to use.
- Exhale through your mouth fully.
- Put the mouthpiece of the diskus in the mouth with lips tightly around it. Inhale deeply and quickly through your mouth.
- Remove the diskus from the mouth. Then, hold your breath for 10 secs or more.
- Exhale fully and close your diskus by pushing the thumb grip back.
- Serevent Diskus Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-High blood pressure
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Serevent Diskus.
Call your doctor or any health care professional if you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions to your medication.
Warnings and Precautions when using Serevent Diskus
Do not take this oral inhalation spray if you have an allergy to its active ingredient, salmeterol, or any inactive ingredients it contains. Signs of serious allergic reactions are severe dizziness, skin rashes, swelling of the face and neck, hives, swollen lymph nodes, and trouble breathing. This must be considered a medical emergency. Immediately call for emergency help if this happens.
This prescription drug may be contraindicated for people with a history of angina, irregular heartbeat, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease, and seizures. Moreover, you should discuss all prescription, nonprescription, and herbal products you are taking due to drug interactions.
This inhaler can cause QT prolongation, which could be considered a medical emergency. Symptoms are severe dizziness and fainting. You may prevent this by staying hydrated and avoiding water pills. It is also important to monitor your blood potassium and magnesium levels, since these substances have also been linked to QT prolongation.
Talk to your doctor about the possible risks associated with this product and how it may affect your unborn child or breastfed infant if you are pregnant/breastfeeding.
How much does Serevent Diskus cost in Canada?
You can get the best deals when ordering this inhaler. You may see the list of prices on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Serevent Diskus used for?
Serevent Diskus is used for asthma and COPD. It manages breathing symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, and trouble breathing.
Is Serevent Diskus a steroid?
Salmeterol inhalation is not a steroid. It belongs to the class of drugs called long-acting beta-agonists, which works by relaxing the muscles in the lungs.
How long does Serevent Diskus take to work?
For most patients, this diskus works 20 minutes after it has been administered. The effects of this inhalation can last for about 12 hours.
Is Serevent the same as Advair?
Serevent Diskus vs Advair – While both oral inhalers contain salmeterol, which is a LABA, Advair also contains fluticasone propionate. This is also classified as an inhaled corticosteroid.
Is Serevent Diskus used as a rescue inhaler?
This inhalation should not be used as a rescue inhaler. This is only indicated for long-term maintenance treatment of COPD and asthma.
Do I need a prescription for Serevent Diskus?
You cannot purchase this oral inhalation over the counter. You can only buy this product by prescription.