|US Brand Name||Advair Diskus|
|Generic Name||Salmeterol & Fluticasone Propionate Accuhaler|
About the brand
Seretide Accuhaler is brand of Glaxosmithklin Pharmaceuticals. GSK or Glaxosmithklin is one of the biggest pharmaceuticals giants in Pharmaceutical Industry globally. It is Leadinf Company in several therapeutic segments.
About the drug
The drug Seretide Accuhaler having salt Salmeterol in combination with fluticasone propionate is used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is recommended for serious and untreatable conditions in patients. In the combination drug Salmeterol is long-acting beta 2 agonist and fluticasone propionate is a corticosteroid.
Manufacturer of the drug
Seretide Accu haler is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline in India as Inhaler.
Strength of the drug
It is available in strength of 50 mcg of Salmeterol and 250 mcg of fluticasone propionate.
Us equivalent brand
Advair HFA Inhaler is the US brand equivalent to Seretide Accu haler available in US markets
Uses of the drug
It is used for Asthma and COPD conditions. Asthma in an acute or other severe lung diseases where constriction of airways leads to shortness of breath-resulting in difficulty in breathing.
It is also used for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary diseases which is a very severe lung disease.
How does the drug work?
The combination medicine works as a bronchodilator and brings relief to symptoms of Asthma and COPD. Salmeterol is long-acting Beta 2 agonist and fluticasone is a corticosteroid. Both work in combination to treat the conditions doctors recommend it for.
How to take drug?
Take the puff once or twice as inhalation from Inhaler.
Take an inhalation of 50 micrograms of salmeterol and 100 micrograms of fluticasone propionate twice daily, or an inhalation of 50 micrograms of salmeterol and 250 micrograms of fluticasone propionate twice daily or inhalation of 50 micrograms salmeterol and500 micrograms fluticasone propionate twice daily.
The recommended dosage of combination drug is 50 mcg of Salmetrol and 250 mcg of fluticasone propionate
How long should drug to be continued?
Seretide accuhaler is generally not a frequently prescribed inhaler. The drug shall be continued as and when desired by your doctor. Hence, continue it till the time your doctor has prescribed it for you. Also, consult your doctor for the daily dosage required as it varies from person to person.
What if you miss the dosage?
If you have missed the dose, take it immediately as soon as you remember it. Do not overdose yourself with the inhaler with higher doses once in a day.
Drug interaction with other
More than 700 drug interactions have been reported with use of Salmeterol/ fluticasone. Common drugs with which it interacts is Aspirin, Nexium, Augmentin, Paracetamol, Celebrex, Plavix etc.
When not to take the drug
Do not take the inhaler if you have allergic reactions to any of the constituents of the drug.
Do not take the drug for acute asthma cases or where fast relief is required
Side effects of intake
Common side effects reported with the use of combination inhaler is nausea, myalgia, vomiting, headache, pneumonia, candidiasis infection of mouth etc.
Over dose effects
Till date, no clinical data is available having overdose symptoms with the use of medicine. Hence overdose side effects are not available.
General info and precautions
Carry the inhaler with you always and every time you require it. Do not take it for fast relief. Avoid taking higher doses of the combination medicine.
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