Flixotide is a commonly prescribed Asthma medication used to treat the symptoms of Asthma attacks and other breathing difficulties. Flixotide 50mcg works by relaxing the muscles in the airways to the lungs, making it easier for an individual to breathe nomally.
What is Flixotide?
Flixotide is a type of inhaler commonly referred to as a preventer inhaler. Preventer inhalers certain steroids that can help prevent the symptoms of asthma over time when taken correctly.
Flixotide is a type of corticosteroid inhaler, it contains anti-inflammatory sprays and powders that when inhaled can help to prevent asthma attacks and other symptoms associated with asthma. When inhaled, the active ingredient within a flixotide inhaler reduces swelling in your airways allowing air to pass through more freely.
Most commonly, there are two types of inhalers that the majority of asthma sufferers will be prescribed, a preventer inhaler and a reliever inhaler. Preventer inhalers are prescribed to those patients that suffer from frequent symptoms of asthma. A reliever inhaler is used by patients who experience the symptoms of asthma when they come in contact with a known trigger such as pollen or cold air.
A reliever inhaler is used to widen the airways and reduce asthma symptoms for a short period of time. They are essential in treating asthma attacks and can provide instant relief. A preventer inhaler such as flixotide will usually be prescribed to patients that are frequently suffering from asthma attacks.
In the event of an asthma attack, flixotide will not help stop an attack; a preventer inhaler must be taken for instant relief. An asthma attack must be treated by an inhaler containing salbutamol such as ventolin that can quickly open up the airways.
How does Flixotide work?
Flixotide evohaler and accuhaler all contain the same active ingredient fluticasone propionate which belongs to the family of medicines called corticosteroids. These types of steroids are often referred to as “steroids” however they are completely different to the steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders for muscle growth and performance.
Corticosteroids are natural to the human body and are responsible for controlling the body’s natural inflammatory response. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and infection. It is your body’s way of telling the immune system to heal or repair itself or even fight against what we call a “foreign invader” such as bacteria and viruses. However if the inflammatory response occurs in places where it is not needed or if it goes on for too long it can become problematic.
When inhaled, fluticasone is absorbed by the cells in the lungs and airways and stops these cells from triggering an inflammatory response. When fluticasone stops these cells from causing inflammation it also relaxed the airways allowing air to pass through more freely.
When used regularly, flixotide helps prevent asthma attacks and symptoms of asthma.
How do I take Flixotide?
It is important that you are using the correct technique when it comes to using your inhaler to ensure that you are getting the full benefit. If you are not using your inhaler correctly, this can mean that very small amounts of the medicine will reach your lungs and your symptoms may not be helped when you need it.
We recommend always reading the manufacturers guidelines which you can find inside the inhaler box. As flixotide inhalers are available in a number of different brands, it is important to familiarise yourself with the manufacturers guidelines and recommendations. Keeping your inhaler clean is also very important as this can prevent you from inhaling other forms of bacteria which may also trigger your symptoms.
By using your inhaler correctly you will ensure that your lungs are receiving the correct dosage of flixotide when needed. You should also arrange to have your inhaler technique checked regularly by your doctor or GP.
You can also watch a number of online "how to" videos to ensure you are using your inhaler correctly.
Flixotide is a long term asthma treatment and should be taken twice daily, every day. It is important to use flixotide as directed by your doctor, you should try not to skip a dose or stop taking your inhaler as this may cause asthma symptoms to flare up.
Patients will usually be advised to take 1 or 2 puffs every morning and evening. If it important to continue using your inhaler even if your breathing feels normal or you haven’t experienced and asthma symptoms in some time. Flixotide will only stop your asthma symptoms if it is used every day.
Flixotide inhalers come in a variety of doses ranging from 50mcg to 250mcg, the dosage that you are prescribed will depend on the severity of your symptoms and condition.
This is what is called a metered dose inhaler which means the medicine contained within the inhaler will be released in a fine mist or spray making it easier to inhale. To use an evohaler, you will need to simultaneously press down on the canister and breathe in the spray at the same time to ensure that the full dose of the medication is reaching your lungs.
This type of inhaler is inhaled as a dry powder with the medication being contained in blisters. To take the medications you need to slide the lever on the side of the inhaler, this movement opens the blister and releases the medication making it ready to be directly inhaled.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take a dose of your inhaler you should take it as soon as you remember. However if at the time you remember is close to taking your next dose, you should simply sip the dose you missed and take your next dose as normal.
It is important to not double dose to make up for a missed dose.
If you have accidentally taken too many puffs, this is unlikely to cause any harm or side effects if it is a one off. However if you are consistently taking too many puffs of your inhaler, using a steroid inhaler too much over a long period of time can increase your chances of side effects.
Who can use a Flixotide Inhaler?
Most people are able to use a steroid inhaler; they are a relatively safe medication to take when taken correctly as prescribed.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
- You have previously had a an allergic reaction to any form of steroid in the past
- Have TB or another infection of your lungs or airways
- Are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby.
Flixotide Inhaler during pregnancy warning
Most steroid inhalers are safe to use during pregnancy. It is important to ensure that asthma is well controlled within pregnancy. As asthma inhalers are commonly taken by inhaler, this also minimises the amount of medication that enters the bloodstream reducing the risk to the baby developing inside the placenta.
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, please speak to your GP about the potential benefits and risks of using your flixotide inhaler when pregnant.
It is safe to take flixotide when breastfeeding. However if you are breastfeeding we would again recommend speaking to your doctor if you have any concerns.
Flixotide Drug Interactions
If you are taking any other medications, it is possible that these may affect the way flixotide works.
Please inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications. The most common medications that can interact with the effectiveness of flixotide are:
- Other medications that contain corticosteroids
- Antibiotics such as clarithromycin or telithromycin
- Protease inhibitors used for HIV infections
The above medications may increase the level of fluticasone in the body which can also increase the risks of side effects
Flixotide side effects and precautions
Steroid inhalers usually cause little or no side effects when taken exactly as prescribed. However there may be some side effects that are experienced when using a steroid inhaler.
- A sore mouth or throat
- A croaky/hoarse voice
- Develop a cough
- Oral thrush
To minimise the likelihood of experiencing side effects, patients can follow the following steps.
- Take your inhaler exactly as prescribed
- Take your inhaler exactly as you have been shown, you can speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure if you are taking your inhaler correctly.
- Use your inhaler with a spacer which makes inhaling the medication easier and ensures that the full dosage is being taken correctly.
- Wash you inhaler before and after use.
Where can I buy Flixtoride 50mcg Online?
Flixotide 50mcg inhaler can only be acquired through licensed pharmacies and can only be purchased by displaying a doctor’s prescription. You can purchase this medication directly from Medicine Direct, our UK based doctors will create a prescription for you and send the medicine directly to your specified address. Clenil Modulite is another commonly prescribed preventer inhaler in the UK.
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