Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Chronic asthma
Adult: As metered dose aerosol or dry powd inhaler: 50 mcg bid, or up to 100 mcg bid if necessary, in asthma patients w/ more severe airways obstruction.
Child: 4-12 yr 50 mcg bid.

Prophylaxis of exercise-induced asthma
Adult: As metered dose aerosol or dry powd inhaler: 50 mcg at least 30 min prior to exercise.
Child: ≥4 yr Same as adult dose.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Adult: As metered dose aerosol or dry powd inhaler: 50 mcg bid.
Monotherapy in the treatment of asthma. Treatment of status asthmaticus, other acute episodes of asthma or COPD.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ CV disease, CNS disorders, DM, hyperthyroidism, hypokalaemia, seizure disorders, ketoacidosis. Not intended for the relief of acute bronchospasm. Hepatic impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Asthma: Headache, influenza, nasal/sinus congestion, pharyngitis, rhinitis, tracheitis/bronchitis. COPD: Cough, headache, musculoskeletal pain, throat irritation, viral resp infection.
Potentially Fatal: Paradoxical bronchospasm.
Inhalation/Respiratory: C
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor pulmonary function, BP, heart rate, CNS stimulation, hepatic function; glucose and K levels.
Symptoms: Dizziness, HTN or hypotension, tremor, headache, tachycardia, hypokalaemia, seizures, angina, arrhythmias, nervousness, muscle cramps, dry mouth, palpitations, nausea, fatigue, malaise, insomnia, hyperglycaemia, metabolic acidosis. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. β-blockers may be considered but should be used w/ caution.
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of CV effects w/ potent CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g. ketoconazole, ritonavir). Reduced bronchodilatory effect w/ β-blockers. Increased risk of hypokalaemia w/ non K-sparing diuretics. MAOIs and TCAs may potentiate the effect of salmeterol on vascular system.
Description: Salmeterol stimulates intracellular adenyl cyclase, the enzyme that catalyses the conversion of ATP to cyclic-3',5'-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) resulting in relaxation of bronchial smooth muscle and inhibition of release of mediators of immediate hypersensitivity from mast cells.
Onset: Asthma: 30-48 min. COPD: 2 hr.
Duration: Approx 12 hr.
Absorption: Low or undetectable systemic absorption. Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 20 min.
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: 96%.
Metabolism: Extensively metabolised via hydroxylation to α-hydroxy-salmeterol by CYP3A4 isoenzyme.
Excretion: Via faeces (60%), urine (25%). Half-life: 5.5 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Salmeterol, CID=5152, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from heat or sunlight.
MIMS Class
Antiasthmatic & COPD Preparations
ATC Classification
R03AC12 - salmeterol ; Belongs to the class of adrenergic inhalants, selective beta-2-adrenoreceptor agonists. Used in the treatment of obstructive airway diseases.
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