Published Aug 26, 2003
Regulators say GlaxoSmithKline Plc's asthma drugs Serevent and Advair will carry new warnings about a higher, though small, risk of life-threatening asthma attacks and deaths.
Reuters/Yahoo!, Aug. 14, 2003
renerian, BSN, RN
I am on one of those drugs. Thanks for the information and I will talk to my Dr. about it.
This is very interesting. . .I am on singular and advair (I use to be on serevent). My asthma has been under great control and I have not used my albuterol for a long time. About 2 weeks ago I had a sudden, very BAD asthma attack. It came out of nowhere and my boyfriend was very concerned and asked me if I needed to go to the hospital. Although, I probably should have, I didn't and instead took a bunch of puffs of albuterol. It eventually passed, but it was very scary. I racked my brain trying to figure out what the trigger was and then I read that article that just came out. . . . so yes, this can happen.
Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN
My grandma takes advair. I will be visiting her soon, printed out the link to take with me.
Why thank you for posting this Karen. I am also on Advair and Singular and the two together have helped turn my life around. No problems for me like the ones described.
P_RN, ADN, RN
Thank you Karen. I know of two co-workers who died from severe asthma attacks. It was said they both had the serevent inhaler with them instead of the rescue one.
NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
It bears repeating: Serevent is a MAINTENANCE medication.
Albuterol is a fast acting RESCUE medication for acute flareups. Can be taken every 4 hours via inhaler or nebulizer. If two rounds of treatments don't relieve chest tightness/wheezing GET TO THE ER.
I've had Residents say "no more wheezing, pt ok" only to call a code 5 min later as pt had such severe lung inflamation causing airway constriction and intubation with mechanical ventilation needed. DONT BE FOOLED.
My rescue inhaler is never more than an arms length away. Don't have to use it to often but when I do it is there.
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