Seretide contains fluticasone propionate and salmeterol xinafoate. In the United States, the product, sold by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), bears the brand name Advair Diskus. The inhaled medications relaxes constriction of breathing passages, but it can also put users at increased risk for infections and lung spasms.
GSK markets Seretide in New Zealand for the control of asthma symptoms. Seretide also has indications in other countries for relieving breathing problems related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
Common Side Effects
The most common side effect from using Seretide are upper respiratory tract infections, yeast infections of the mouth, nausea, headaches, muscle and bone pain and bronchitis.
Rare Side Effects
Some patients using Seretide have experienced sinusitis, hoarseness, cough, diarrhoea and gastrointestinal problems. Reports from patients using Seretide have included changes in hearing and muscle stiffness.
Do not use Seretide if you have dairy allergies. The medication can weaken bones and slow growth in young children. Also, the inhaler works only to prevent asthma attacks, not to stop attacks that have already begun.
If you use Seretide, you should not use antiretroviral medications such as ritonavir (Kaletra from Abbott). Also, you should only use monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, beta blockers and diuretics with caution. These medications include Nardil (phenelzine from Pfizer), amitriptyline, atenolol (e.g., Tenorim from AstraZeneca) and hydrochlorothiazide.