- Reduces inflammation of the lungs and airways
- Prevents future Asthma attacks
- Provides effective relief for up to 12 hours
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What is Seretide?
Seretide is a long-acting bronchodilator which helps the airways in the lungs to stay open. It contains two active ingredients, salmeterol and fluticasone propionate.
Seretide is an inhaler that makes it easier for air to go in and out of your lungs. The effects of this inhaler last for 12 hours at a time.
It comes available either as the Accuhaler or the Evohaler; both contain the same medicine, but the way they release the medicine differs.
It is available to order online when you have a prescription from your doctor. The Seretide inhaler is available to order online at Medicine Direct; if you order before 2pm, you will have the option of next day delivery.
What is Seretide used to treat?
Seretide is used to treat patients who suffer from moderate to severe asthma. The medicines contained within Seretide reduce inflammation of the lungs and can help prevent future asthma attacks.
The Seretide inhaler is effective in helping to stop wheezing and breathlessness from coming on. It can be used to help prevent asthma attacks. This will be prescribed by your doctor.
Who can use the Seretide inhaler?
The Seretide inhaler is a commonly prescribed inhaler to treat asthma, but it is not suitable for everyone.
If you suffer from asthma and your doctor prescribes you an inhaler, you should make sure they are aware if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- You have an overactive thyroid gland
- You have high blood pressure
- You have had or currently have tuberculosis (TB) or any other lung infection
- You have diabetes mellitus
- You have low potassium in your blood
- You have heart disease, including a fast heartbeat or irregular heartbeat
If you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you should inform your doctor before you start to use the inhaler.
Similarly, you should inform your doctor before using Seretide if you are currently breastfeeding. There may be more suitable asthma treatments available for you to use instead.
Seretide is not linked to any problems with driving or operating machinery, but some people do experience tiredness while taking it. If you do feel excessively tired while taking the inhaler, you should not drive, ride a bike, or operate machinery until you feel better.
You must use Seretide every day as instructed by your doctor. Do not deviate from your doctor's instructions. Always check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
This inhaler comes in different doses, but you will only be given 1 inhaler.
Depending on how well your asthma treatment goes, your doctor may alter your dosage and how often you take the inhaler.
Do not stop taking the inhaler, even if you begin to feel better, before your doctor tells you it is safe to stop. You should not reduce or increase the dose your doctor has instructed you to take.
Rinse your mouth after using the Accuhaler or Evohaler to prevent the risk of thrush appearing in your mouth.
Using the Seretide Accuhaler:
To treat asthma in adults and children over 12 years of age:
- 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
To treat asthma in children 4 to 12 years of age:
- Seretide Accuhaler 50/500 - One inhalation two times a day
Using the Seretide Evohaler:
Adults and children aged 12 years and over
- Evohaler 25/50 - 2 puffs two times a day
- Evohaler 25/125 - 2 puffs two times a da
- Evohaler 25/250 - 2 puffs two times a day
Children 4 to 12 years of age
- Evohaler 25/50 - 2 puffs two times a day
- Seretide is not recommended for use in children below 4 years of age
What if I forget to take it?
If you forget to take Seretide, just take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is not almost time for your next scheduled dose.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip out the dose you missed and continue taking it as usual.
Never take an extra dose of medicine to attempt to make up for a skipped dose.
What if I use it more than I am supposed to?
You should never use the inhaler more often than your doctor instructs you to. If you accidentally overuse the inhaler, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you do exceed your dosage, you may find that your heart beats faster, you are dizzy, feel shaky or have muscle weakness and aching joints.
What happens if I stop taking it?
You should not stop taking this treatment unless advised to do so by your doctor.
In rare cases, you run the risk of adverse reactions if you suddenly stop using Seretide or reduce your dosage. Some of these effects include:
- Sudden weight loss
- Stomach pain
- Lower levels of sugar in your blood
- Headaches and/or drowsiness
- Loss of appetite or feeling sick
- Low blood pressure
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Seretide Side effects
As with all medicines used to prevent asthma, using Seretide does come with the risk of certain side effects.
Not everyone will experience an adverse effect from using a Seretide inhaler, but you should let your doctor know if you experience any of the following while you are using the inhaler:
- Fever or chills
- Increased mucus production or a change in the colour of your mucus
- Increased cough or increased breathing problems
- Oral thrush (rinse your mouth after using the inhaler to help prevent this problem)
- Muscle cramps
- Aching/swollen joints or muscle pain
You should be aware that this list is not exhaustive. For a list of more serious reactions, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this product's page.
Adverse Side Effects
The main adverse effects of using this inhaler can be found on the main product page.
In rarer cases, some people do experience more serious side effects while using the Seretide Accuhaler or Evohaler to treat asthma.
You should speak to your doctor if you experience any of these reactions:
- Very fast heartbeat
- Feeling shaky, a fast heartbeat or an uneven heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Allergic skin reaction
- Mood changes, such as becoming irritable
- Fungal infections
- Blurred vision
In some instances, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to Seretide. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should either call 999 or go to A&E immediately:
- Swelling of the throat, mouth, lips, tongue, or face
- Difficulty in breathing of speaking
- A skin rash that is itchy, red, blistering, swollen or peeling
- You are wheezing
- You have tightness in the chest of throat
This list may not be exhaustive. You should always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start taking this medication.
If you have any concerns or questions, always speak to your doctor before taking any treatment for asthma or any other condition.
Seretide Warnings and Drug Interactions
If you use Seretide with other medicines, they may interact with each other.
You should always tell your doctor if you are currently using any medicine, whether it is for asthma symptoms or a completely different ailment. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
In particular, you should inform your doctor if you are currently using or have recently used any of the following:
- Medicines to treat HIV
- Medicines which contain fluticasone propionate or salmeterol
- Beta blockers for high blood pressure or heart conditions
- Diuretics (water tablets) to treat high blood pressure
- Any other bronchodilators (such as salbutamol)
- Xanthine medicines, which are often used in the treatment of asthma
- Corticosteroids (either by mouth or injection)
- Any medicines that are to treat infections
You should always make sure you thoroughly read the patient information leaflet before using the Accuhaler or Evohaler as this list may not be exhaustive.
The active ingredients contained in both the Seretide Evohaler and Accuhaler are salmeterol and fluticasone propionate.
They also contain norflurane.
Refer to the patient information leaflet for the full list of inactive ingredients contained in these products.
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