Salmeterol is a member of the drug family known as long-acting, beta-adrenergic
bronchodilators. It is inhaled by mouth, into the lungs, to treat asthma and prevent bronchospasm. Salmeterol is also
used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, and Foods
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May Be Beneficial:Supportive
interaction—Taking these supplements may support or otherwise help your medication
Depletion or interference
Side effect reduction/prevention
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Interactions with Herbs
A test tube study demonstrated that the bronchodilating effects of salbutamol, another
beta-adrenergic bronchodilator drug, were significantly increased by the addition of
forskolin, the active component of the herb Coleus forskohlii.1 The
results of this preliminary research suggest that the combination of forskolin and
beta-agonists might provide an alternative to raising the doses of the beta-agonist drugs as
they lose effectiveness. Until more is known, coleus should not be combined with salmeterol
without the supervision of a doctor.
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1. Yousif MH, Thulesius O. Forskolin reverses tachyphylaxis to the
bronchodilator effects of salbutamol: an in-vitro study on isolated guinea-pig trachea. J
Pharm Pharmacol 1999;51:181–6.
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