Salmeterol

Drug Class: Respiratory Drugs
Dosage Form: Inhaler
Strength: 50mcg
Indications/Special comments: Asthma/Bronchospasm: Treatment of asthma and the prevention of bronchospasm (only as concomitant therapy with a long-term asthma control medication, such as an inhaled corticosteroid), in patients 4 years and older with reversible obstructive airway disease, including patients with symptoms of nocturnal asthma. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Maintenance treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis). Exercise-induced bronchospasm: Prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) in patients 4 years and older (monotherapy may be indicated in patients without persistent asthma). Limitations of use: Salmeterol is not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm.
Dosage Administration: Asthma/Bronchospasm (maintenance and prevention): Children =4 years, Adolescents, and Adults: Inhalation: One inhalation twice daily (~12 hours apart); maximum: 1 inhalation twice daily. Note: For asthma control, long acting beta2-agonists (LABAs) should be used in combination with inhaled corticosteroids and not as monotherapy.frequent or chronic use of LABAs for exercise-induced bronchospasm is discouraged by the Asthma Guidelines (NAEPP, 2007).COPD (maintenance): Adults: Inhalation: One inhalation twice daily (~12 hours apart); maximum: 1 inhalation twice daily.