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Serevent (Generic Name: Salmeterol) is a bronchodilator. It improves breathing by relaxing muscles. Serevent is used to prevent asthma attacks. However, it is not used to treat an asthma attack that has started already. Serevent may also be used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Serevent is available in an aerosol inhaler and as Serevent Diskus inhalation powder. Both forms of Serevent can be used with or without inhaled or oral steroid therapy.

Serevent side effects

  • chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, shaking, or restless feeling;
  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using Serevent;
  • skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness; or
  • worsening asthma symptoms.
  • headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, or insomnia;
  • sweating;
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or
  • dry mouth or throat irritation.
  • Black box warning

After a study in which 36 patients using Serevent to control their asthma symptoms either died or suffered severe asthma attacks, FDA ordered GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Serevent, to include a Serevent Warning - black box warning on all product packaging and in all advertising, cautioning patients about the potential side effects of the drug. According to the study, more than three times the number of patients using Serevent suffered from severe asthma attacks than those patients who used an alternative drug or a placebo. The risks also found to be increased among patients who do not use a companion drug to control inflammation.

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