Seroflo is a drug that is usually inhaled. It makes use of many different medical ingredients including fluticasone (a corticosteroid) and salmeterol (a bronchodilator).
It is used in the treatment of asthma symptoms, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and to improve the function of the human lungs.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to either of the main ingredients or any of the other ingredients in Seroflo.
Do not use it if you are pregnant. If you are planning on becoming pregnant during your treatment with Seroflo, tell your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have diabetes, tuberculosis, lung infections, cardiovascular diseases, arrhythmia, hyperthyroidism or are taking HIV medication.
If you are a nursing mother, you should only breastfeed your child if you have received approval from your doctor.
Do not give a newborn breast milk without approval while you are on Seroflo.
Prolonged use of the medication can cause adrenal issues. The adrenal glands produce the corticosteroids naturally within your body.
Adrenal problems directly affect growing children. If you are giving Seroflo to a child or a teen, make sure you monitor their growth rate constantly.
Like other inhaled asthma drugs, Seroflo causes paradoxical bronchospasm. Simply put, this is the term given when your condition gets worse when you use the medicine supposed to make it better.
Symptoms include being short of breath, wheezing, and feeling tightness in your chest. Stop using Seroflo and talk to your doctor about your options.
When used in the treatment of asthma, Seroflo uses fluticasone to reduce inflammation of the nasal and bronchial passages. It uses salmeterol to relax the muscles in the air passages and improve the airflow to the lungs.
Salmeterol also acts as a long-term preventer of bronchospasm. Seroflo is used as a prevention drug for asthma. The two ingredients work together to prevent asthma and improve the function of the lungs.
Seroflo is not an emergency relief drug for asthma attacks and should not be used as such. If you are suffering from an acute attack, use a fast acting drug like Ventolin.
Take Seroflo as advised by your doctor. If you are not sure how to take it, take 2 puffs at most a day, twice during the day.
Do not take both doses at the same time. Spread it out between the morning and evening. Your dosage will depend on how severe your condition is.
It also depends on your age. Take it exactly as advised in your prescription. It is not a short-term medication.
Seroflo can take a few weeks to show results. If the medication doesn’t seem to be working, talk to your doctor about increasing your dosage.
Do not stop using the inhaler if your symptoms recede. Take it for as long as your doctor has told you to. Do not take larger doses unless you have been told to.
General instructions for the proper inhalation of Seroflo follow:
1. Remove the cap
2. Shake the inhaler well
3. Breath out as much as possible
4. Seal your lips around the mouthpiece
5. Begin inhaling. While doing this, push the top of the canister down.
6. Keep breathing in till your lungs are full
7. Hold breath for a few seconds
8. Remove the inhaler
9. Breathe out normally
10. Replace the cap
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose of this medication take it as soon as you know. If you are about to take the next dose, ignore the one you missed. Don’t take extra to make up for it.
If you overdose on this drug, call your local poison hotline immediately and seek emergency medical assistance as soon as you can.
Common side effects include:
Irritation of the throat
More severe side effects include:
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
Do not use this drug if you notice the symptoms of an allergic reaction.