Seretide Evohaler & Accuhaler
Seretide Evohaler & Accuhaler
A standard inhaler designed for people with moderate to severe asthma. Used regularly and correctly, Seretide Evohaler can ease asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.
- Preventative Asthma Treatment
- Active Ingredients: Fluticasone Propionate And Salmetarol Xinafoate
- Reduces Swelling, Inflammation And Irritation In The Lungs
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.
How Does Seretide Work?
Seretide accuhaler is an asthma inhaler which contains two medicines. One ingredient is the long-acting bronchodilator salmeterol. Salmeterol keeps your airways open and prevents asthma symptoms. The second medicine is fluticasone. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid, which reduces inflammation and the swelling in your airways. Seretide is a purple inhaler and it needs to be used every day.
The purple inhaler contains two ingredients which prevent asthma attacks and symptoms. The two medicines are Salmeterol and Fluticasone.
Salmeterol is often referred to as a bronchodilator, because it dilates your airways. It is a long-acting medicine and its effect lasts for approximately twelve hours. It is used to prevent asthma and is not suitable as a treatment for acute symptoms.
Fluticasone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. It relieves asthma by reducing the swelling in your airways and the irritation in your lungs. Fluticasone propionate is also used to treat allergic rhinitis (nasal congestion caused by an allergic reaction).
In combination, the two ingredients in your Seretide inhaler are very effective at preventing asthma symptoms and dangerous asthma attacks. In order to work, Seretide has to be used on a daily basis. The purple inhaler does not help control acute symptoms, so you need to keep a blue reliever inhaler at hand in case you experience an attack.
Correct inhaler use
Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler. Remove the mouthpiece cover and check inside to ensure it's clean. Shake the inhaler 4-5 times.
Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base and fingers on the top of the canister – your hand should make a C shape. Breathe out as far as is comfortable and place the mouthpiece in your mouth, between your teeth. Close your lips around it and don't bite.
Breathe in through your mouth - just after you start to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister to release a puff of medicine. Continue breathing in steadily and deeply. Hold your breath for as long as is comfortable.
Wait 30 seconds and repeat to take another puff. Replace the mouthpiece cover after use.
Seretide Inhalers Online
You can request to buy Seretide online, from our UK registered online pharmacy and prescriber service. After completing your assessment and checking out, your order will be passed to our UK registered prescriber for review. If approved, our pharmacy team will dispense and dispatch your medication to your chosen address.
Can you buy a Seretide inhaler over the counter?
Seretide, in the UK, is a prescription-only medicine that cannot be bought over the counter. However, you can request to buy Seretide online from registered online pharmacies, like PharmacyOnline.co.uk You will need to complete an online questionnaire for our presciber to assess. This makes sure that it is safe and suitable for you to use.
How do I use seretide
Always use your inhaler as prescribed by your doctor. Follow these simple steps to ensure your inhalation is successful:
1. Open the Seretide inhaler and hold its outer case in one hand. Use the thumb of your other hand to push the thumbgrip as far away from you as you can to open a small hole in the mouthpiece. You will hear a clicking noise.
2. Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece pointing towards you and slide the lever as far back as possible. You will hear a click as one dose of the spray enters the mouthpiece.
3. Hold the Seretide accuhaler away from you and breathe out as far as you can comfortably do so. Make sure you do not breathe into your accuhaler.
4.Take the mouthpiece between your lips and breathe in through your mouth. Take a steady and deep breath. Hold your breath for ten seconds after breathing in (or as long as comfortable), then breathe out slowly.
5. Rinse your mouth with plenty of water and spit it out - this helps reduce side effects such as a hoarse voice and oral thrush.
Slide the thumb-grip back towards you to close the accuhaler. You will hear a click.
How often do I need to use Seretide?
Your doctor will advise you on how often you need to use your Seretide inhaler. You should inhale your medication in the morning and the evening, ideally at the same time every day. If your symptoms improve, your doctor may recommend that you reduce the dosage to once a day. Do not change the frequency of inhalations without your doctor’s recommendation. If your symptoms get worse you need to speak to your doctor who will check whether your medication needs to be adjusted.
If you forget to take a dose just continue your treatment taking the next dose at the correct time. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the one you have missed.
Seretide can sometimes cause side effects. The most common side effect is a headache. More than one in ten Seretide users experience headaches.
Common Seretide side effects
- thrush (fungal infection) in the mouth
- sore tongue
- throat irritation
- hoarse voice
- join aches and swellings
- muscle pain
- muscle cramps
Because Seretide contains steroids it can sometimes cause ‘central serous chorioretinopathy – a rare and serious eye condition. Get medical attention as soon as possible if you get any sight problems on Seretide.
Do not use a Seretide inhaler if you are allergic to salmeterol xinafoate, fluticasone propionate or lactose monohydrate.
Speak to your doctor before using Seretide if you suffer from:
- heart disease
- overactive thyroid gland
- high blood pressure
- low potassium levels in your blood
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor whether you can continue using Seretide.
Salmeterol and Fluticasone
Tell your doctor if you are currently taking or have recently taken any other medication. Seretide can interact with other medications. These include:
- beta-blockers (used to treat hypertension)
- antiviral and antifungal medicines, such as ritonavir, ketoconazole and itraconazole
- corticosteroids in the form of tablets or injections
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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