The drug Serobid Rotacaps – 50mcg – preparation containing Salmeterol Xinafoate is an effective medication that provides symptomatic relief and prevents Asthma, Chronic bronchitis and chronic disorders of pulmonary glands. This drug is used for controlling and preventing the symptoms caused by asthma like wheezing and shortness of breath. Salmeterol is a long acting beta antagonist. It prevents the asthma attack for asthma sufferers and decreases the inflammation in the lungs by releasing the chemicals that opens up the constricted tubes. This combination drug is a preventive medicine and is not effective when asthma attack has already begun.
Understanding the drug Serobid Rotacaps – 50mcg:
How it works?
It contains active ingredient Salbutamol in it, which has a relaxing effect on the constricted bronchioles. It is a short acting beta receptor agonist and exerts bronchodilator effects. It stimulates the beta 2 receptors and relaxes the smooth muscles of all airways from the trachea to the terminal bronchioles. Along with this, it also stops the production of inflammatory cell mediators that causes constriction. It also increases self clearing mechanism of bronchi. This ingredient helps in relaxing the constricted bronchioles and facilitates the smooth breathing. While on the other hand the other combination ingredient works by reducing swelling and irritation of the airways.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take this drug if you:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients present in it
- Have cardiovascular diseases like Hypertension in pregnancy and Myocardial insufficiency
- Suffer from paradoxical breathing
- Have epilepsy
- Have diabetes
How much to take?
The dose intake is prescribed by the Doctor depending upon the severity and demand of the disease condition. Always follow doctor’s instructions.
What are the strengths available?
Salmeterol is available in following strength combination:
Serobid Rotacaps 50 mcg
How to take?
Do not swallow Rotacaps. This is intended to be taken by inhalation only, using your Rota haler. Rinse your mouth after using as it helps to avoid any kind of throat irritation and dry mouth like conditions. Open the Rota haler capsule by holding it in a horizontal position by keeping white spot up and lighter colored end in opposite direction. Then gently breathe out and seal your lips around the mouth piece. Take a full deep breath in your mouth and hold your breath for up to ten seconds. After that take normal breath and throw away the empty capsule shell. Before using see the instructions mentioned on the leaflet. Always talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist to make sure that you are taking medicine in a right way as prescribed by the Doctor. If there is no improvement in the symptoms then talk to Doctor.
When to take?
You should take the medicine as prescribed by the Doctor. Try to take the dose at the same time each day; this will reduce the chances of a missed dose. Generally, one or two puffs from your Rotacaps are effective in relieving you from the symptoms. Never take a dose more or less than the prescribed one.
For how long should it be taken?
Do not stop taking the drug or change the dose without consulting with your Doctor. Keep on taking the drug as long as recommended by the Doctor.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
In case of overdose you may need urgent medical attention if you encounter any of the following conditions like
- Allergic reaction
- Difficulty in breathing
- Chest tightness
Even if you do not feel any discomfort, call your doctor or visit the nearest health care center immediately. Take medical help as soon as possible.
What if you miss the dose?
Consult your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine has some side effects; this is the medicine which has some mild and severe side effects also. It is not necessary that you will experience all of them. Some common side effects are listed below:
- Mild tremors
- Nose bleeding
- Fever, pale skin, rashes
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Some drugs that interact with Salmeterol are:
- Sympathomimetics drugs
- HIV protease inhibitors
- Beta blockers like Atenolol
- Azole antifungal such as ketoconazole
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of sight and reach of the children
- Always consult your physician for any kind of dose adjustment
- Avoid interactions with people who have infectious diseases like flu, measles and chicken pox
- The apt dosage and prescription is based on the information given by the patient and the condition being treated
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Don’t load the capsule until you are ready to take a dose
- It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, so be cautious while driving
- Avoid alcohol consumption