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What is Salmeterol used for?

Salmeterol is an oral inhalation drug used to prevent asthma attacks. Salmeterol, a bronchodilator, is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways. This results in opening of the airways, which makes it easier to breathe. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Salmeterol?

The dosage of Salmeterol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Salmeterol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Salmeterol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you miss a dose of Salmeterol?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Salmeterol, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Salmeterol?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Salmeterol.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Salmeterol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Salmeterol can interact with antidepressants and antibiotics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Salmeterol?

Like other medicines, Salmeterol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Salmeterol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Salmeterol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Salmeterol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Salmeterol can cause side effects such as dry mouth, headache, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and sweating. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Salmeterol.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Salmeterol?

Is it possible for me to use Salmeterol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Salmeterol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Salmeterol?
How will Salmeterol work in my body?
How should Salmeterol be used?
How to reduce the risk of Salmeterol drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Salmeterol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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