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Salmeterol (Generic)
What are Generics?
Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.

Salmeterol Salmeterol

Salmeterol inhalation -the active ingredient in Serevent- is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Salmeterol 25mcg Inhaler

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Uses

Generic Salmeterol inhalation is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun. Generic Salmeterol inhalation is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

How to take

Use only the prescribed dose of this medication, and do not use it for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 1 week of treatment.

Do not use Generic Salmeterol inhalation to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medication.

Asthma is often treated with a combination of different drugs. If you use Generic Salmeterol inhalation to treat asthma, you must use it together with another asthma control medication. Use all of your medications as directed by your doctor.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: 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:

  • chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, shaking, or restless feeling;
  • skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medication; or
  • worsening asthma symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, or insomnia;
  • sweating;
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or
  • dry mouth or throat irritation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Precaution

Do not use a second form of Generic Salmeterol (such as Advair) or use a similar inhaled bronchodilator such as formoterol or arformoterol (Foradil, Perforomist, Generic Symbicort, or Brovana) unless your doctor has told you to.

Do not exhale or blow into the Diskus device. Do not take the device apart or allow it to get wet.

Drug interactions

Before using Generic Salmeterol inhalation, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • a diuretic (water pill);
  • an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin) or telithromycin (Ketek);
  • an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin) or telithromycin (Ketek);
  • a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others;
  • an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil), nefazodone, nortriptyline (Pamelor), desipramine (Norpramin), or imipramine (Tofranil);
  • HIV or AIDS medication such as atazanavir (Reyataz), indinavir (Crixivan), ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra), nelfinavir (Viracept), or saquinavir (Invirase);
  • an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam);
  • caffeine, a diet medicine, or a decongestant; or
  • aminophylline (Truphylline), theophylline (Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Uniphyl), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Generic Salmeterol inhalation.

Missed dose

Use the medication as soon as you remember, then wait 12 hours before using the medication again. 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.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and sunlight.

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