What is Seretide Evohaler (Salmeterol_fluticasone) ?
Seretide Evohaler contains fluticasone and salmeterol. Fluticasone is a steroid. Seretide Evohaler prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Salmeterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.Seretide Evohaler is used to prevent asthma attacks. It is also used to prevent flare-ups or worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) associated with chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.Seretide Evohaler may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Seretide Evohaler
Do not use Seretide Evohaler to treat an asthma attack that has already begun.Salmeterol may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Use only the prescribed dose of Seretide Evohaler , and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using this medication.Before using Seretide Evohaler , tell your doctor if you have a food or drug allergy, heart disease, high blood pressure, a seizure disorder, an infection, a weak immune system, diabetes, glaucoma, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, a thyroid disorder, or liver disease.Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack. If you use a peak flow meter at home, call your doctor if your numbers are lower than normal.
Before using Seretide Evohaler
Do not use Seretide Evohaler if you are allergic to fluticasone (Flonase, Flovent), salmeterol (Serevent), or milk proteins, or if you are having an asthma attack or severe COPD symptoms.If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use Seretide Evohaler :a food or drug allergy;heart disease or high blood pressure;epilepsy or other seizure disorder;an infection of any kind;a weak immune system;diabetes;glaucoma;tuberculosis;osteoporosis;a thyroid disorder; orliver disease. Seretide Evohaler can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old.Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis.
How should I use Seretide Evohaler ?
Use Seretide Evohaler exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use Seretide Evohaler in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow all patient instructions for safe use.Seretide Evohaler comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use, and directions for priming the inhaler device if needed. Follow these directions carefully.Salmeterol may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using this medication.
Do not use Seretide Evohaler to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medication.Seretide Evohaler Diskus is a powder form of fluticasone and salmeterol that comes with a special inhaler device pre-loaded with blister packs containing measured doses of the medicine. The device opens and loads a blister each time you use the inhaler. This device is not to be used with a spacer.Seretide Evohaler HFA is an aerosol form of fluticasone and salmeterol that comes in a canister that is used with an actuator inhaler device. Use only the inhaler device provided with Seretide Evohaler HFA. This device is not to be used with a spacer.Shake the Seretide Evohaler HFA inhaler for at least 5 seconds before each spray.Keep track of the number of sprays you have used and throw away the Seretide Evohaler HFA canister after 120 sprays, even if it feels like there is still medicine in it.If you also use a steroid medication, do not stop using the steroid suddenly or you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk with your doctor about using less and less of the steroid before stopping completely.Carry an identification card or wear a medical alert ID to let others know that you may need an oral steroid in an emergency.Seek medical attention if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack. If you use a peak flow meter at home, call your doctor if your numbers are lower than normal.Use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Talk with your doctor if your medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing attacks. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.Store Seretide Evohaler at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the Seretide Evohaler HFA canister away from high heat, such as open flame or in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention.Overdose symptoms may include angina or chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeats, seizures, tremor, weakness, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
What should I avoid while using Seretide Evohaler ?
Do not use a second form of salmeterol (such as Serevent) or use a similar inhaled bronchodilator such as formoterol (Foradil) unless your doctor has told you to.Seretide Evohaler can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medicines.
Side effects Seretide Evohaler
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Seretide Evohaler : hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);fast or uneven heart beats, restless feeling, tremor;fever, chills, stabbing chest pain, cough with yellow or green mucus;blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips; orworsening asthma symptoms.Less serious Seretide Evohaler side effects include:headache, dizziness;nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;dry mouth, nose, or throat;stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, sore throat; orhoarseness or deepened voice.
What other drugs will affect Seretide Evohaler ?
Before using Seretide Evohaler , tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:amiodarone (Cordarone);a diuretic or “water pill”;HIV medicines such as atazanavir (Reyataz), ritonavir (Norvir), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), or saquinavir (Invirase);an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam);an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil), desipramine (Norpramin), fluoxetine (Prozac), nefazodone, or imipramine (Tofranil);antibiotics such as clarithromycin (Biaxin) or telithromycin (Ketek);antifungal medications such as ketoconazole (Nizoral) or itraconazole (Sporanox); ora beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin), carvedilol (Coreg), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), and others.
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