Serevent Diskus

(salmeterol)

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Makes it easier to breathe.

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Our bottom line

Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) works well to control both asthma and COPD but doesn't have the same anti-inflammatory effect that inhaled corticosteroids have, so you can't use Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) alone to control asthma.

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    $382.16
Quick facts about Serevent Diskus
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) is good for managing COPD symptoms and helps lower the chances of asthma attacks when taken regularly.
  • Taking Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) into the lungs has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Doesn't need to be primed.
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Downsides

  • No generic form is currently available, so it can be very expensive for people without insurance.
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How it works

Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) is a long-acting beta-adrenergic agonist (LABA). It relaxes the muscles around the airways in the lungs to help you breathe easier.

Quick facts about Serevent Diskus
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
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What to expect when you take Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) for Asthma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Throat and lung infections
  • Flu
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Side effect rates for Serevent Diskus (salmeterol)

From 301 clinical trials of Serevent Diskus when taken for asthma (50 mcg twice daily)
  • Headache
    13%13%
    9%9%
  • Stuffy nose
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Throat and lung infections
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Flu
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Asthma
    3%3%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Serevent Diskus.

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People taking Serevent Diskus felt side effect more

People taking Serevent Diskus felt side effect less

No difference

Risks and Warnings for Serevent Diskus (salmeterol)

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  • Some people using a LABA like Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) have a higher risk for asthma-related death. However, this is rare. If you also have asthma, you should be on a separate long-term medicine to control asthma. Do not use Serevent Diskus (salmeterol) to treat asthma or as a rescue inhaler.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect