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A patient with a recent diagnosis of asthma is anxious because she experienced an asthma attack and was unable to relieve the symptoms despite taking several puffs of her prescribed salmeterol (Serevent). How should the nurse respond to the patient's concerns?
A)Remember that your Serevent isn't effective when you take it at the time of an asthma attack.
B)It's important to take your Serevent as soon as you feel the first sensation of an asthma attack.
C)Unfortunately, Serevent can take up to 15 minutes to relieve your difficulty breathing.
D)It's best to take repeated doses of Serevent, every 5 minutes, until your symptoms subside.
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Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice
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Formoterol (Foradil) and salmeterol (Serevent) are long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists used only for prophylaxis of acute bronchoconstriction. They are not effective in acute attacks because they have a slower onset of action than the short-acting drugs.

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