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Generic: salmeterol
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It helps to open up the airways of your lungs
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • other medicines that contain a long- acting beta2- agonist (LABA)
  • procarbazine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • anti- infectives like chloroquine, and pentamidine
  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • caffeine
  • cisapride
  • diuretics
  • medicines for colds
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • medicines for weight loss including some herbal products
  • methadone
  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, linezolid, and telithromycin
  • some heart medicines
  • steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone
  • theophylline
  • thyroid hormones

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short- acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours.

If you have asthma, be aware that using this medicine may increase your risk of dying from asthma- related problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medicine. NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.

Your diskus device has a dose counter and will tell you when only a few doses are left.

If you are going to have surgery tell your doctor or health care professional that you are using this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing or wheezing that increases or does not go away
  • dizziness or fainting
  • fever
  • irregular heartbeat
  • need for more doses of short acting bronchodilators

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough
  • headache
  • fast heart rate
  • nervousness, trembling
  • sore throat
  • stuffy nose
  • upset stomach

               
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