Serevent Diskus

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    Brand Name:Serevent Diskus
    Generic:Salmeterol Xinafoate
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1997-09-19 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
This drug is available in the following forms:
Powder, Inhalation
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Serevent Diskus

Serevent Diskus is a medicine called a “long-acting beta-agonist” (LABA) and is a long-acting bronchodilator medicine. Bronchodilator medicines help to relax the muscles around the airways in your lungs. Wheezing happens when the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it hard to breathe. In severe cases, wheezing can stop your breathing and cause death if not treated right away.

Serevent Diskus does not relieve sudden breathing problems. Always have a short-acting bronchodilator medicine with you to treat sudden breathing problems.

Serevent is used for:


Serevent Diskus is used long-term, twice-a-day, to control symptoms of asthma and prevent wheezing in adults and children ages 4 and older.

  • Because LABA medicines such as Serevent Diskus may increase the chance of death from asthma problems, it is not for adults and children with asthma who:
    • are well controlled with other asthma-controller medicines such as a low-to-medium dose of an inhaled corticosteroid
    • only need short-acting bronchodilators once in awhile

Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm (EIB)

Serevent Diskus is used for the prevention of wheezing (bronchospasm) caused by exercise in adults and children 4 years of age and older.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Serevent Diskus is used long-term, twice-a-day in controlling wheezing (bronchospasms) in adults with COPD.

Side Effects of Serevent Diskus

Serevent Diskus may worsen your breathing problems.   Long-acting beta-adrenergic agonists, such as salmeterol, the active ingredient in Serevent Diskus, may increase the chance of death from asthma problems in some people. The package insert (labeling) for Serevent Diskus has been revised to include a Medication Guide (FDA-approved patient information) which contains information about these risks (see

Other possible side effects with Serevent Diskus include:

  • allergic reactions including, rash, hives, and swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue
  • increased blood pressure
  • fast and irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • headache
  • tremor
  • nervousness
  • throat irritation

Tell your healthcare professional about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Interactions with Serevent Diskus

Serevent Diskus and certain other medicines may interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.

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