Fostair Pink Asthma Inhaler
The Fostair Pink Asthma Inhaler (100-6, 200-6) can be used in two ways: either as a regular everyday preventative with a separate reliever inhaler to relieve asthma attacks, or use the same Fostair Inhaler as a preventative and a reliever.
Asthma attacks can happen at any time and often without warning. Common symptoms include: shortness of breath, tight chest and wheezing. The Fostair pink inhaler has two active ingredients, Beclometasone Dipropionate, which reduces swelling, inflammation and irritation of the lungs, and Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate, which helps the airways in the lungs to stay open.
The Fostair 100/6 or 200/6 inhaler is also suitable for sufferers of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
What is 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 your Fostair Inhaler
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
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.
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 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.