What is this medicine?
FLUTICASONE; SALMETEROL (floo TIK a sone; sal ME te role) inhalation is a combination of two medicines that decrease inflammation and help to open up the airways of your lungs. It is used to treat COPD. This medicine is also used to treat asthma. Do NOT use for an acute asthma attack. Do NOT use for a COPD attack.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease or irregular heartbeat
- high blood pressure
- osteoporosis or other bone disease
- thyroid disease
- worsening asthma
- an unusual or allergic reaction to fluticasone, salmeterol, other corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is inhaled through the mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not use a spacer device with this inhaler. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose and continue with your regular schedule, spacing doses evenly. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- aminophylline or theophylline
- antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
- medicines for colds
- medicines for depression or emotional conditions
- medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
- medicines for the heart like metoprolol, propanolol
- medicines for weight loss including some herbal products
- other medicine for breathing problems
- some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, linezolid, and telithromycin
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor for regular check ups. Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours.
If you have asthma, be aware that using this medicine may increase your risk of dying from asthma- related problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medicine. NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma attack.
If you are going to have surgery tell your doctor or health care professional that you are using this medicine. Try not to come in contact with people with the chicken pox or measles. If you do, call your doctor.