Fostair Inhaler

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Fostair Aerosol inhaler is popular asthma treatments, containing two active ingredients, beclometasone dipropionate and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.
Beclometasone a corticosteroid and Formoterol a long-acting bronchodilator.
Making Fostair a very effective asthma treatment.

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Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There’s currently no cure, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it doesn’t have a big impact on your life.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Treatments

The main types are:

reliever inhalers – used when needed to quickly relieve asthma symptoms for a short time (e.g salbutamol)
preventer inhalers (steroid) – used every day to prevent asthma symptoms occurring
Some people also need to take tablets.

Causes and triggers

Asthma is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This makes the tubes highly sensitive, so they temporarily narrow.

It may occur randomly or after exposure to a trigger. Common asthma triggers include:

allergies – to house dust mites, animal fur or pollen, for example
smoke, pollution and cold air
exercise
infections like colds or flu
Identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers can help you keep your symptoms under control.

Product Description

Fostair

Fostair is a popular asthma treatment containing two active substances which are inhaled through your mouth.
The two active substances are beclometasone dipropionate and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.
Beclometasone dipropionate belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids which have an anti-inflammatory action reducing the swelling and irritation in your lungs.
Formoterol fumarate dihydrate belongs to a group of medicines called long-acting bronchodilators which relax the muscles in your airways and helps you to breathe more easily.

Together these two active substances make breathing easier, by providing relief from symptoms
such as shortness of breath, wheezing and cough in patients with asthma or COPD and also help to prevent the symptoms of asthma.

How and when to use it

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Asthma

Fostair can be prescribed by your doctor in two different ways:
a) Use Fostair every day to treat your asthma together with a separate “reliever “ inhaler to treat sudden worsening of asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and cough.

Adults and the elderly:
The recommended dose of this medicine is one or two puffs twice daily. The maximum daily dose
is 4 puffs.
Remember: You should always have your quick-acting “reliever” inhaler with you at all times to
treat worsening symptoms of asthma or a sudden asthma attack.

b) Use Fostair every day to treat your asthma and also use Fostair to treat sudden worsening of your asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and cough.

Adults and the elderly:
The recommended dose is one puff in the morning and one puff in the evening.
You should also use Fostair as a “reliever” inhaler to treat sudden asthma symptoms.
If you get asthma symptoms, take one puff and wait a few minutes.
If you do not feel better, take another puff.

Do not take more than 6 Fostair “reliever” puffs per day.
The maximum daily dose of Fostair as your only asthma inhaler is 8 puffs.
If you feel you need more puffs each day to control your asthma symptoms, contact your doctor to
seek his advice. He may need to change your treatment.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Asthma attacks can get worse very quickly. If you are struggling to breathe or have asthma symptoms that are not getting better, go to hospital immediately or call an ambulance.

How to use your inhaler

How to use a Small Volume Spacer

Like all medicines, Fostair can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
As with other inhaler treatments there is a risk of worsening shortness of breath and wheezing
immediately after using Fostair and this is known as paradoxical bronchospasm. If this occurs
you should STOP using Fostair immediately and use your quick-acting “reliever” inhaler
straightaway to treat the symptoms of shortness of breath and wheezing. You should contact your
doctor straightaway.
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any hypersensitivity reactions like skin allergies, skin
itching, skin rash, reddening of the skin, swelling of the skin or mucous membranes especially of the
eyes, face, lips and throat.

Common (affecting less than 1 in 10 people):
• Fungal infections (of the mouth and throat), headache, hoarseness, sore throat.
Pneumonia in COPD patients: Tell your doctor if you have any of the following while taking Fostair
as they could be symptoms of a lung infection:
• fever or chills
• increased mucus production, change in mucus colour
• increased cough or increased breathing difficulties

For a complete list of site efffects see the Patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet
Take the asthma control Test

How to use your inhaler

How to use a Small Volume Spacer