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 5  Asthma I have had no side effects yet. This is a wonder drug for me I love it. I used it together with clenil 200mg. I can breathe much easier now hardly needing ventolin now. Before I had to use ventolin every hour and sometimes couldn't even hurry to bus stop without weezing and coughing not to mention the awful chest tightness. Definitely recommend this inhaler. F 46 2 months
 3  severe asthma First time ever in life could breath clearly, wonderful for asthma.After 16 years on it learned something that made me seriously consider experimenting going off. Three days out and horrible crippling arthritic type pain and other symptoms leaving me. So sad...didnt know all these years thats why I FELT so old. Am looking into alternative cuz like others now overly reactive all the time. I feel long b.a. NOT an acceptable trade off for good health. Be very careful and DO NOT let docs dismiss you. Best wishes. F 47 10 years
 1  Asthma Palpitations, arrhythmia, 'heavy chest' I have tried this medicine twice. On both occasions I had palpitations - something I have never had before. Second occasion stopped taking med on a Sunday. Woke up 6am Monday with an incredibly irregular pulse - very frightening and phoned NHS direct. They said it was 'unlikely' to be drug and to go to emergency which I did. After waiting there for almost an hour my symptoms were getting less. ECG was normal, BP much higher than usual at 160/90. Hospital doctor however detected a 'heart murmur' and said I needed referral to a cardiologist, but that I would need my GP to do this. Saw my GP that afternoon. He also said it was unlikely to be Serevent. Checked my heart. No detectable murmur. He called in a senior practice doctor to check - again, no detectable murmur. Now almost a week later, no problems, pulse and heart back to feeling normal. 'Heavy chest' much better and BP down to 132/74. Whilst this drug is very effective at controlling asthma, I would be very, very careful. I am quite confident that my symptoms were the result of this drug and they were extremely unpleasant. If you have any tendency to heart arrythmia or high blood pressure I would just say no to this one. M 55 3 days
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 5  asthma better than advair....I took serevent in conjunction wit6h flovent and my breathing was perfect....I do not have great improvement with advair my doctor only has samples of advair and I cannot afford to buy serevent and flovent every month because I do not have health coverage F 62 10 years
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 1  chest infection with breathing prob Was rushed into hospital with racing and erratic heartbeat following severe chest and back pain radiating into jaw. After my MOT the health centre nurse said that it was unlikely I would ever have heart problems. A couple of weeks later, after 3 months of using Serevent prescribed by GP and put on repeat prescription I experienced very severe pains all around my chest and back and radiating up into my jaw. I thought I might be having a heart attack so went to the health centre and was given an ECG which revealed that I had an extremely fast and erratic heart rate - something which has never occurred before. Was given an aspirin and fast-tracked into hospital wher I remained for one and a half days while tests were carried out which showed that I had not had a heart attack. One month later and after three different types of medication, the first two of which I was allergic to, I still have a very rapid and erratic heart rate. I was alerted to Serevent side effects by a friend and looked them up on the net and found that it had been ranked the fifth most dangerous drug in the States and had caused deaths. It is also renowned for causing a rapid and erratic heart rate, so I would not advise anyone to take it. It had no noticeable effect on my asthma. Why is it not banned in the UK? F 66 3 months
 4  Asthmatic I dont think I've ever experienced any side effects from this medicine. I take about 100micrograms of it a day through a spacer to control my asthma. It was prescribed after I had an attack, I think its helped my asthma alot, Im not taking my ventilin as much as I was before, and I've been able to excersie and run around alot easier. I keep a peak flow diary and make constant notes about how my chest is. Just in case. Im British, this was prescribed to me in the UK, the doctor warned me that it DOES hold side effects and to get in touch if/when it starts to interfear with me. F 18 3 months
 1  Bronchitis/Asthma It seemed to help at first, but after 5 days it felt like I was breathing through a pillow. I could move air and was oxygenating okay....but I had an increasing feeling of suffocation. The ED doctor's blew me off because I was NOT wheezing. They thought it was all in my head. After I stopped the Severent these weird side effects slowly dissapated. F 43 5 days
 2   WASHED MOUTH WITH SCOPE AFTER EACH USE but still have hoarsnes or no voice at all at times. Cannot taste anything. Very strong medication. M 80 3 weeks
 1  Asthma I had moderate asthma controlled by Aerobid before I was placed on this. When I started taking it I got weight gain, cramping, anxiety attacks, and over the years it led to severe heart palpitations with my HR being in the 170's. I have been admitted into the hospital numerous times for tachycardia caused after taking one dose of the 250/50 advair. I have after 3-4 years weaned myself onto just 220 mg flovent 2X a day. I find my asthma is much worse than it was prior to starting the advair and the serevent is to blame due to it worsens asthma. I'd avoid this drug and I hope my lung sensitivity clears up. Despite 220mg flovent every 12 hours I am still taking my albuterol once a day, and sometimes more. AVOID THIS DRUG F 26 4 years
 5  asthma No side effects that I have ever noticed Controls my asthma better than Advair, works really well, no need for Xopenex at all! F 62 13 years
 5  Emphysema No side effects Advair has been my life line. I have been given several other products, such as Spiriva etc. For me, this is the only medicine that has opened up my breathing system. I wish this product would help others as it has helped me. I know there are FDA hearings on the drug and I am paniced that it may be taking off the market. F 67 2 years
 5  asthma None Serevent has been a godsend. Before I had to have albuteral every 4 hours plus a steroid inhaler. Becsuse it has such a short duration I was waiting until I could have more. Plus I had the jitters so much that I had to hold things with two hands. With the 12 hour lasting ability of Serevent I can eliminate the steroid and there are no jitters. Only rarely have I needed an Albuterol inhaler. M 82 15 years
 1  Asthma It gave me ulcers, digestive problems, and when I quit taking it my Asthma went right back to it's same status: bad. I am just taking flovent now in hopes it helps. I also would get severe anxiety attacks and palpitations which led me several times into the ER. It's a scary medication don't even take it. I am afraid for my life since I took this thing. F 25 1 years
 1  Asthma I experienced very dangerous side effects while taking Advair - the Advair Diskus. I experienced the following specific side effects: significantly increased propensity to experience asthma attacks, sometimes almost immediately following taking the medication; dizziness; headaches; muscle weakness; lightheadedness; feeling like I'm going to faint; and general disorientation. Advair is particularly dangerous because the FDA has acknowledged that it causes death in some cases, and the FDA is currently reviewing the drug's side effects relating to children. My doctor prescribed this medication for asthma without informing me of the side effects or the ongoing FDA investigation. I am a 30 year-old male, and clearly the side-effects affect adults and not merely children. This is a particularly dangerous drug because it masks the onset of an asthma attack - you don't realize it until the attack hits you. There are documented cases of individuals found dead holding the Advair medication in hand. M 30 3 weeks
 1  Emphysema, restricted air passages I took Advair for about 5 months. It did not seem to help my breathing any. (I have always been short of "wind." Never could run or do extended exercise.) It did however end up by leaving me almost totally crippled with pain all over my body. The problem eased immediately after ceasing the use of Advair. My lung man says, "Advair does not cause pain." Doctors know so little about the stuff they push. I do continue to have numbness in my feet and weakness in my legs from the hips down. Whether these two problems are related we will never know. I did spend considerable money on this product as my Plan D prescription plan fell into the doughnut hole. M 78 5 months
 5  For asthma. The only side effect I have (been taking it for about 15 yrs.) is when I have a few drinks it gives me a strange feeling in my chest. I would not like to be taken off Serevent as it has controlled my asthma completely. I hardly have to use Ventolin anymore. F 60 15 years
 1  Participant in phase 3 testing Intensely worsening asthma attacks (which was reported at the time, but my concerns did not make it onto the sheet included with the serevent (n=246ish). Maybe I wasn't in the testing phase I thought I was. Testing done in DC. Anyway, the damn drug nearly killed me. I was a trooper, if I may say so modestly, and finished out the entire months long participation. I was one of the oldest participants at the time, in my 40s and always wondered if my results were due to my age. Many of the participants were in college. The testing was done at a private MDs office, literally a few feet from American University's main parking lot. I have always felt that this might have skewed the research. Anyway, enough grumblings. If you take this medication, just pay REALLY close attention to the severity of your attacks. Keep a journal, if your attacks or tightening in your chest begins to worsen, go running back to your MD for advice. (Also, keep a rescue inhaler, e.g. Ventolin, with you at M 57 90 days
 5  exercise induced broncospasms none Taken 45 min to 1 hour before activity and I can go full tilt with no respiratory limitations at all. Did a bicycling trial using the same route one day without Serevent then the next day with it. What a difference...all the gasping, coughing, whistling and wheezing was gone. F 43 2 years
 1  Asthma Heart palpitations, anxiety, sleeplessnes. I have stopped taking the medication nearly 2 months ago. I am still hypersensitive to ANY stimuli. My doctor has me on medication for anxiety. The symptoms have reduced somewhat since I got off the medicine but I am really concerned what the long term results are going to be. I did mention to my allergist when he put me on it that I had been sensitive to stimulants in the past. He said everything would be ok and that I would get used to it in a couple of weeks. At first I was just jittery and then I started waking up at night with a racing heart. Finally over the Christmas holidays it just sent me into the stratosphere. I would be VERY careful taking this medicine if you have had problems with stimulants in the past! M 38 3 months
 1  chronic bronchitis heart palpitations, dizziness, tiredness i stopped taking this medicine on day 2 of experiencing these side effects. F 28 2 days

SEREVENT  (SALMETEROL XINAFOATE):  Salmeterol is used as a long-term (maintenance) treatment to prevent or decrease wheezing and trouble breathing caused by asthma or ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). It should only be used long-term if your asthma symptoms are not controlled by your other asthma medications (such as inhaled corticosteroids). Salmeterol must not be used alone to treat asthma. (See also Warning section.) It is also used to prevent asthma brought on by exercise (bronchospasm). Salmeterol works in the airways by relaxing muscles and opening air passages to improve breathing. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school. This medication does not work right away and should not be used for sudden attacks of breathing trouble. Your doctor must prescribe a quick-relief medicine/inhaler (e.g., albuterol) for sudden shortness of breath/asthma attacks while you are on this medication. You should always have a quick-relief inhaler with you. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. This medication should be used in combination with other medications such as long-acting inhaled corticosteroids. However, it should not be used with other long-acting inhaled beta agonists (e.g., formoterol, combination salmeterol/fluticasone) since this may increase your risk for side effects. It is recommended that children and teenagers, who need to use salmeterol to treat their asthma, should use a combination salmeterol/fluticasone product. Check with your child's doctor to see if this product is the right product for your child. In patients with asthma, this medication should not be used when breathing problems can be controlled with inhaled corticosteroids (e.g., flunisolide, fluticasone) and occasional   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)