Serevent

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Serevent Evohaler and Accuhalers contains salmeterol, which helps the airways in the lungs to stay open, making it easier to breathe. Serevent usually works within 10 to 20 minutes and last for 12 hours or more.

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Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There’s currently no cure, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it doesn’t have a big impact on your life.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Treatments

The main types are:

reliever inhalers – used when needed to quickly relieve asthma symptoms for a short time (e.g salbutamol)
preventer inhalers (steroid) – used every day to prevent asthma symptoms occurring
Some people also need to take tablets.

Causes and triggers

Asthma is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This makes the tubes highly sensitive, so they temporarily narrow.

It may occur randomly or after exposure to a trigger. Common asthma triggers include:

allergies – to house dust mites, animal fur or pollen, for example
smoke, pollution and cold air
exercise
infections like colds or flu
Identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers can help you keep your symptoms under control.

Product Description

Serevent

Serevent contains the medicine salmeterol a ‘long-acting bronchodilator’. It helps the airways in the lungs to stay open, making it easier for air to get in and out.

The effects are usually felt within 10 to 20 minutes and last for 12 hours or more.

Taking Serevent Evohaler regularly will help prevent asthma attacks. This also includes asthma brought on by exercise or at night.
Serevent helps to stop breathlessness, It does not work once you are breathless or wheezy. If that happens, you need to use a fast-acting ‘reliever’ medicine, such as salbutamol.

How and when to use it

• If you are being treated for asthma, you should always be given both a Serevent and a steroid inhaler to use together.
• Use Serevent every day, until your doctor advises you to stop.
• You will start to feel your medicine working within the first day of use.

Serevent is for inhalation by mouth only.
Adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older with Asthma
• The usual starting dose is 2 puffs twice a day.
• For people with more severe asthma, your doctor may increase your dose to 4 puffs twice a
day.

Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) including bronchitis and
emphysema
• The usual starting dose is 2 puffs twice a day.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Asthma attacks can get worse very quickly. If you are struggling to breathe or have asthma symptoms that are not getting better, go to hospital immediately or call an ambulance.

How to use your inhaler

How to use a Small Volume Spacer

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. To
reduce the chances of side effects, your doctor will prescribe the lowest dose of Serevent to control
your asthma or COPD. These are the side effects reported by people taking Serevent.
Allergic reactions: you may notice your breathing suddenly gets worse after using
Serevent. You may be very wheezy and cough. You may also notice itching and swelling (usually
of the face, lips, tongue or throat). If you get these effects or they happen suddenly after using
Serevent, tell your doctor straight away. Allergic reactions to Serevent are very rare (they affect
less than 1 person in 10,000).

Other side effects are listed below:
Common (affects less than 1 person in 10):
• Muscle cramps
• Feeling shaky; fast or uneven heartbeat (palpitations), headache,shaking hands (tremor).
Tremors are more likely if you are taking more than two puffs twice daily. These side effects do
not last long and happen less as treatment with Serevent continues
Uncommon (affects less than 1 person in 100):
• Rash
• Very fast heart rate (tachycardia). This is more likely to happen if you are taking more than two
puffs twice daily
• Feeling nervous
Rare (affects less than 1 person in 1,000):
• Feeling dizzy
• Being unable to sleep or finding sleep difficult
• A reduction in the amount of potassium in your blood (you may get an uneven heartbeat,
muscle weakness, cramp)

These are not all the side effects of serevent. For a full list see the Patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet

Take the asthma control Test

How to use your inhaler

How to use a Small Volume Spacer