Salmeterol is used to improve breathing problems caused by asthma and COPD and to prevent them from recurring. It eases symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Salmeterol works by opening air passages in your lungs to make breathing easier.
- Salmeterol must be used every day. It is a long-acting bronchodilator, which means that it works throughout the day. It reduces your symptoms over the long term.
- For asthma, salmeterol should be used together with other medicines called corticosteroids ,or preventers such as beclomethasone, budesonide or fluticasone.
In New Zealand, salmeterol is available in different brands and inhaler devices – metered dose inhaler (MDI or puffer) or accuhaler (a dry powder inhaler).
Using an inhaler device enables the medicine to go straight into your airways when you breathe in. This means that your airways and lungs are treated, but very little of the medicine gets into the rest of your body.
Both the MDI and accuhaler are effective. The choice of device is a personal preference. Read more about the different inhaler devices and how to decide on the right inhaler for you.
|Salmeterol does not give immediate relief from an asthma attack.|
|If you need quick relief from asthma symptoms, use your ‘reliever’ medicine such as salbutamol or terbutaline.|