Seroflo is a combination of fluticasone propionate and salmeterol. This medication belongs to the class of drugs called as synthetic corticosteroid as well as selective and long-acting beta2-adrenergic receptor agonist. Since there are two active ingredients in this medication, it has diverse effects on the condition asthma. It is an anti-inflammatory agent. It has a lasting period of at least 12 hours.
Seroflo is used in treating conditions like asthma. Patients who have used different combination medicines as well as any inhalers, but found to have no improvement in this condition are eligible to use Seroflo Inhaler.
Seroflo is also used in treating conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is an appropriate treatment for moderate to severe type of this condition.
Fluticasone propionate in the drug is used to prevent inflammation, which is the major cause of asthma. Salmeterol in the medication helps in relaxing the muscles present in the air way of the lungs and thus widens the airways. Both the active ingredients are released in the bronchioles of the lung. It works together thus improving the liver function and also reducing the symptoms of asthma.
How to use Seroflo Inhaler?
Patients can read the medical guide on how to use the inhaler and in case of any questions, it can be asked to the healthcare provider.
Seroflo is used two times in a day, once in the morning and again in the evening. The dose that is prescribed to the patient is based on their severity of the problem, as well as the age. Shake the inhaler before using it and remove the mouth piece cover. Do not exhale on the device. Place the mouth piece in between the lips and inhale by mouth. It is very important to hold the breath for few minutes. Take the mouth piece away from the mouth and close it with its cover. Now breathe out gently.
Do not take another puff of Seroflo even if you didn’t feel the taste of the medication. Wash the mouth with water. Follow these steps each time while inhaling this medication.
Seroflo should be used for the prescribed period of time only. If the patient forgets to inhale the dose, it can be done when they remember. If it conflicts with the timing of the next dose, it is best to skip the missed one.
While inhaling this medication, certain side effects may be aggravated. Sore throat, throat irritation, headache, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, muscle cramps, tremor and bruising are a few among them.
The side effects that occur with Seroflo Inhaler are only those that are associated with the particular ingredients of the medication used and not the combination of these ingredients as such. These conditions are usually mild. However, if the patient experiences severe or unusual symptoms then one must seek emergency medical attention.
The adverse effects of using Seroflo can be monitored and noted down so that the exact symptoms can be explained clearly with the healthcare provider as some effects may be a part of your condition itself.
Relative contraindications to Seroflo
It may so happen that the increased levels of Fluticasone in the body can result in interactions with other drugs. The best way to prevent any adverse drug interactions is to disclose any drugs you may be taking to your healthcare provider. These may be prescription drugs, over-the-counter pills, herbal supplements, and nutrition enhancers like vitamins and minerals too as they can increase the levels of certain chemicals in the body. Azole antifungals, Cobicistat, Nefazodone, Telithromycin are few among those drugs which should be avoided whilst using Seroflo. The healthcare professional would be able to ensure that any harmful effects from interactions can be avoided.