Serevent is a popular medication taken as a long-term or maintenance treatment by those patients who want to reduce or prevent difficulty breathing and wheezing resulted by asthma or chronical lung diseases. Besides, it’s taken to prevent bronchospasm, because this medicine works in airways by opening air passages and relaxing muscles to improve your breathing, but Serevent doesn’t work immediately, so you can’t take it for sudden breathing problems or attacks. Some doctors prescribe it as a fast-relief medication for people who are already using this medication or in a combination with specific drugs, including long-acting corticosteroids.
Basic Instructions on Its Correct Use
For first-time users, you need to release a few puffs into the air to determine whether it works properly. It’s necessary to shake an inhaler before every dose that must be taken twice a day. Regular doses always depend on patients’ medical conditions and individual response to Serevent.
Possible Side Effects It Causes
There are certain adverse effects caused by this medication, but they are very rare and most of them are not serious. For example, some patients may develop the following unpleasant symptoms:
Throat irritation and nervousness;
Hoarseness and headaches;
Fast heartbeats and coughing;
Dry mouth and stomach ulcers.
If you notice the signs of any serious reaction to Serevent, you need to go to the hospital at once:
Chest pain and fainting;
Severe dizziness and seizures;
Allergic reactions (rash, swelling, itching, and trouble breathing).
List of Important Precautions when Taking Serevent
Before you start this treatment, make sure that your doctors know everything about other pre-existing conditions, especially if they include allergies, heart problems, diabetes, hypertension, seizures, liver issues and thyroid complications. Moreover, this medication can be taken by breastfeeding and pregnant women only when it’s clearly needed and after consulting qualified physicians.
Dangerous Drug Combinations
When taking Serevent, there are specific medications that shouldn’t be taken to avoid possible drugs interactions. That’s because they change its mechanism of action, increase the risk of having side effects and cause other health complications. As an example, it’s not advisable to combine Serevent with such drugs as MAO inhibitors, beta blockers, other pills for asthma, inhaled anesthetics, tricyclic antidepressants, macrolide antibiotics, azole antifungals, HIV protease inhibitors and so on. In addition, you should read the labels of all the products you want to use to ensure that they don’t contain any components that may increase your blood pressure and heart rates. It’s also important to tell your doctors about any other drugs, including herbal supplements and prescription medications, to avoid unwanted drug interactions and health risks.