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salmeterol (generic name)

(sal ME te role): An adrenergic bronchodilator - It helps to open up the airways in your lungs and to make it easier to breathe
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Salmeterol Xinafoate Pressurized inhalation, suspension

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. This medicine may increase the possibility of dying from asthma. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use more than every 12 hours. NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.

Keep a record of the number of inhalations you use. Throw away the canister when you have used 60 puffs.

If you are going to have surgery tell your doctor or health care professional that you are using this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing or wheezing that increases or does not go away
  • dizziness or fainting
  • fever
  • irregular heartbeat
  • need for more doses of short acting bronchodilators

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough
  • headache
  • fast heart rate
  • nervousness, trembling
  • sore throat
  • stuffy nose
  • upset stomach

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 to 30 degrees C (59 to 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated

August 19, 2009

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