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Serevent

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A relatively long-acting medication, it is recommended only for the type of asthma patient who needs shorter-acting bronchodilators such as Alupent and Ventolin on a frequent, regular basis.
Alert your doctor if your short-acting bronchodilator is becoming less effective or you need more inhalations than usual. Consider it a warning sign if you need 4 or more inhalations daily for 2 days or more in a row, or find that you are finishing a 200-dose canister in less than 8 weeks.
Both forms of Serevent can be prescribed with or without inhaled or oral steroid therapy.
Do not use it to treat acute asthma attacks, and do not attempt to relieve worsening asthma by increasing the frequency of your doses. (Your doctor will prescribe a short-acting bronchodilator to relieve acute attacks.)
Serevent is available in an aerosol inhaler and as Serevent Diskus inhalation powder.
Serevent is intended only for long-term prevention of symptoms, and should not be prescribed more than twice a day.
Serevent relaxes the muscles in the walls of the bronchial tubes, allowing the passageways to expand and carry more air.
Seriously worsening asthma is a dangerous-even life-threatening-condition that needs immediate medical attention.
Taken regularly (twice a day), the drug is prescribed in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Side Effects

Serevent side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

More common side effects may include:
- Tremor;
- Stomachache;
- Sore throat;
- Sinus problems;
- Sinus infection;
- Sinus headache;
- Respiratory tract infection;
- Pallor;
- Nasal inflammation;
- Headache;
- Dizziness;
- Diarrhea;
- Cough;
- Chest congestion;
- Bronchitis;
- Back pain;
- Asthma;

Less common side effects may include:
- Wheezing;
- Vomiting;
- Urinary tract infection;
- Swelling;
- Stomach pain;
- Sneezing;
- Skin tingling;
- Shoulder pain;
- Shortness of breath;
- Rash;
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat;
- Pneumonia;
- Painful menstruation;
- Nosebleed;
- Nervousness;
- Neck pain;
- Nausea;
- Nasal congestion;
- Muscle stiffness or inflammation;
- Muscle aches or cramps;
- Mouth problems;
- Mouth infection;
- Migraines;
- Leg cramps;
- Laryngitis;
- Joint pain;
- Irritation of the mouth and throat;
- Insomnia;
- Indigestion;
- Hives;
- Heartburn;
- Fever;
- Feeling of illness;
- Fatigue;
- Eye problems;
- Eczema;
- Earache;
- Dry mouth;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Dental pain;
- Constipation;
- Chest discomfort;
- Bone pain;
- Arm pain;
- Anxiety;
- Allergic reaction;
- Abdominal pain;

Contraindications

Serevent is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If serevent gives you an allergic reaction;
- If symptoms of asthma or chronic lung disease get worse after inhaling serevent;
- If you are taking inhaled or oral steroid medications for your asthma;
- If you develop an allergic reaction (throat irritation, choking, hives, face and throat swelling, rash, and wheezing) after using serevent;
- If you have a seizure disorder or an overactive thyroid;
- If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or an irregular heartbeat;
- If your asthma is deteriorating;

Interactions

Do not take Serevent with any of the following drugs:
- Water pills (diuretics) such as furosemide (lasix) and hydrochlorothiazide (hydrodiuril);
- Tricyclic antidepressants such as elavil and tofranil;
- Mao inhibitors such as the antidepressants marplan, nardil, and parnate;
- Blood pressure medications known as beta blockers, including inderal, lopressor, and tenormin;
- Airway-opening medications such as alupent, proventil, and ventolin;

Dosage

SEREVENT DISKUS INHALATION POWDER

Prevention of Exercise-induced Asthma

Take 1 inhalation at least 30 minutes before exercise.
Do not take another dose for 12 hours.

Asthma and Chronic Pulmonary Disease

The usual dose is 1 inhalation (50 micrograms) twice a day (morning and evening).

SEREVENT AEROSOL INHALER

Prevention of Exercise-induced Asthma

Take 2 inhalations at least 30 to 60 minutes before exercise.
Do not take another dose for 12 hours.

Asthma and Chronic Pulmonary Disease

The usual dose is 2 inhalations (42 micrograms) twice a day (morning and evening) 12 hours apart.

Overdose

Symptoms of Serevent overdose may include:
- Tremor;
- Seizures;
- Rapid heartbeat;
- Nervousness;
- Nausea;
- Muscle cramps;
- Insomnia;
- High or low blood pressure;
- High blood sugar;
- Heart irregularities;
- Headache;
- Flu-like symptoms;
- Fatigue;
- Dry mouth;
- Dizziness;
- Angina (chest pain);
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