Seretide Accuhaler

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Seretide (Fluticasone + Salmeterol) contains two active ingredients – Salmeterol and Fluticasone. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid, which reduces swelling and irritation in the lungs. Salmeterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. it works by keeping the airways in the lungs open making it easier for air to get in and out.

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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

Seretide Accuhaler

Seretide contains two medicines, salmeterol and fluticasone propionate:

• Salmeterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. Bronchodilators help the airways in the lungs to stay
open. This makes it easier for air to get in and out. The effects last for at least 12 hours.
• Fluticasone propionate is a corticosteroid which reduces swelling and irritation in the lungs.

You must use Seretide every day as directed by your doctor. This will make sure that it works properly
in controlling your asthma.
Seretide helps to stop breathlessness and wheeziness coming on. However Seretide should not be used to relieve a sudden attack of breathlessness or wheezing. If this happens you need to use a fast-acting ‘reliever’ (‘rescue’) inhaler, such as salbutamol. You should always have your fastacting‘rescue’ inhaler with you.

How and when to use it

• Use your Seretide every day, until your doctor advises you to stop. Do not take more than the
recommended dose. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

• Do not stop taking Seretide or reduce the dose of Seretide without talking to your doctor first

• Seretide should be inhaled through the mouth into the lungs.

For asthma
Adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/100 – One inhalation twice a day
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/250 – One inhalation twice a day
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/500 – One inhalation twice a day

For adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/500 – One inhalation twice a day

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, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. To reduce
the chance of side effects, your doctor will prescribe the lowest dose of Seretide to control your
asthma.
Allergic reactions: you may notice your breathing suddenly gets worse immediately after using
Seretide. You may be very wheezy and cough or be short of breath. You may also notice itching, a
rash (hives) and swelling (usually of the face, lips, tongue or throat), or you may suddenly feel that
your heart is beating very fast or you feel faint and light headed (which may lead to collapse or loss of
consciousness). If you get any of these effects or if they happen suddenly after using Seretide, stop
using Seretide and tell your doctor straight away. Allergic reactions to Seretide are uncommon
(they affect less than 1 person in 100).
Other side effects are listed below:
Very Common (affects more than 1 person in 10)
• Headache – this usually gets better as treatment continues.
• Increased number of colds have been reported in patients with COPD.
Common (affects less than 1 person in 10)
• Thrush (sore, creamy-yellow, raised patches) in the mouth and throat. Also sore tongue and hoarse
voice and throat irritation. Rinsing your mouth out with water and spitting it out immediately
and/or brushing your teeth after taking each dose of your medicine may help. Your doctor may
prescribe an anti-fungal medication to treat the thrush.
• Aching, swollen joints and muscle pain.
• Muscle cramps.
The following side effects have also been reported in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease (COPD):
• Pneumonia and bronchitis (lung infection). Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following
symptoms: increase in sputum production, change in sputum colour, fever, chills, increased cough,
increased breathing problems.
• Bruising and fractures.
• Inflammation of sinuses (a feeling of tension or fullness in the nose, cheeks and behind the eyes,
sometimes with a throbbing ache)
• A reduction in the amount of potassium in the blood (you may get an uneven heartbeat, muscle
weakness, cramp).

For a complete list of side effects see the patient information leaflet

Patinet information leaflet

Take the asthma control Test

How to use your inhaler

How to use a Small Volume Spacer