Salmeterol is a long-acting beta-adrenergic receptor agonist (LABA) medication used to treat and prevent bronchospasm in conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, making it easier to breathe. Salmeterol is typically used in combination with inhaled corticosteroids, and it is available in the form of an inhaler.
Can help to prevent and control symptoms of bronchospasm, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
Long-acting, so it can provide symptom relief for up to 12 hours with a single dose.
Can be used in combination with inhaled corticosteroids for greater effectiveness.
Some common side effects include headache, nausea, and tremors
In rare cases, it can cause allergic reactions such as hives, rash, and difficulty breathing.
Long-term use of high doses can increase the risk of serious side effects such as pneumonia and worsening asthma symptoms.
It may cause an increase in heart rate, high blood pressure and chest pain.