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Serevent contains the active ingredient salmeterol which works to effectively manage and prevent the symptoms of asthma in the long-term. Serevent is most useful in helping to prevent breathing problems and asthma attacks. Known as a bronchodilator, the active ingredient, salmeterol (a form of medicine), can be taken through an Evohaler, Accuhaler or Diskhaler. These devices can be used as an add-on treatment alongside other inhalers, such as corticosteroids, but should not be used as a substitute for such medications. Serevent is a long-lasting preventative treatment, and so should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks.
The active ingredient in all Serevent inhalers, salmeterol is a long acting beta 2 agonist, which means it works on the beta 2 receptors in the lungs. Salmeterol stimulates these receptors, relaxing the muscles in the airways and allowing them to become relaxed and more open.
In asthma and COPD patients, this will help alleviate breathing problems. As well as this, because of the long lasting nature of salmeterol, it will also help to prevent future asthma attacks, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. The treatment gets to work within 10-15mins of use and can be active for up to 12 hours in the body.
Serveant Accuhaler: This is a dry powder inhalation device that contains blisters, each containing 50 micrograms of salmeterol. This device requires aerosol inhalation, which is done by opening the lever and placing the mouthpiece in your mouth in order to inhale the dose.
Serevent Evohaler: This is a CFC-free metered aerosol dose inhaler, which contains 25 micrograms salmeterol. Like the Accuhaler, this device requires aerosol inhalation, which is done by placing the mouthpiece in your mouth and inhaling.
Serevent Diskhaler: This is a dry powder inhalation device that also contains a blister pack. Every time you inhale, the device loads the blister pack. This device contains 50 micrograms per dose inhalation powder.
Serevent inhalers come with a number of benefits that can be experienced when used correctly. These are:
Serevent is available as 3 different devices, all containing the same active ingredient salmeterol. The type of inhaler you are prescribed depends on how severe your asthma is and how effective other asthma-related medications have been for you, up to this point.
The Evohaler is the most commonly prescribed version of Serevent. It is a CFC free aerosol inhaler containing 25mcg of salmeterol per dose. This dosage will be prescribed mostly as an add-on treatment in patients whose asthma is not controlled by inhaled corticosteroids alone.
Serevent Diskhaler is a dry powder inhaler containing 50 mcg of salmeterol and lactose. It is frequently used in asthma sufferers who use inhaled corticosteroids but also require a long-acting beta agonist to treat the symptoms effectively.
Like the Diskhaler, Serevent Accuhaler also comes in a dry powder inhalation device, but contains a dosage of just 50mcg of salmeterol. It is used to treat asthma in patients who need a long-acting beta agonist.
For a preventer inhaler such as Serevent, one inhalation is required twice daily. If necessary, the dosage may be increased to two inhalations twice daily, but always check with a doctor before making any adjustments.
Serevent Evohaler :
This evohaler works as a standard inhaler and is effective when used correctly. This inhaler requires co-ordination whilst pressing down on the cannister. To use this inhaler type:.
After you finish using the inhaler, ensure you always replace the mouthpiece cover to prevent any fluff or dust from entering.
Serevent accuhaler works in a slightly different way to the standard evohaler as it releases a dry powder form of the medication into the lungs and should be used once in the morning and once at night.. To use this inhaler type:
Step 1. Open
|Step 2. Slide
|Step 3. breathing out
|Step 4. Inhale
|Step 5. Close
|Step 6. Rinse
If an asthma attack has already begun then you cannot use the Serevent inhaler and would need a reliever inhaler such as Ventolin to provide effective relief.
The full benefits of Serevent inhalers will usually become apparent after several doses of the medication. The inhalers can be used in a standing or sitting position. The inhaler should always be used in a level, horizontal position, when activated and used.
The side effects associated with Serevent inhaler is usually minimal, as it is not used too often. As with all prescription medication though, there might be certain side effects experience, which include:
It is important to know that these side effects only affect some people and you may use this medication without experiencing any side effects at all. Serious side effects, such as an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, and fainting, are very rare and highly unlikely to occur. If any of these potential side effects persist, you should seek immediate medical attention from a doctor.
There are a number of precautions that must be considered before choosing to buy Serevent inhalers. These include:
Serevent asthma inhalers can be ordered online from HealthExpress by completing a quick and simple online consultation. Your consultation will be reviewed by one of our doctors, who will assess your suitability and once approved will provide a prescription to our pharmacy who can have your inhalers delivered to you within 24 hours.
By ordering online, and with us, you will receive the following benefits: