Flixotide Inhalers

Flixotide is a steroid inhaler, part of the preventer group of inhalers. This reduces the inflammation in the lungs, making it easier to breathe, helping to prevent an asthmatic reaction. To be most effective preventer inhalers are usually intended for daily use. Preventer inhalers are often prescribed alongside a reliever inhaler, such as Ventolin or Salamol. Fill in the preventer consultation and our doctors will assess your answers to make sure the Flixotide Evohaler is safe for you. Dr Felix encourages regular check-ups of your asthma with your local doctor or nurse.

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Medicine Quantity Strength Price
Flixotide evohaler1 inhaler50mcg£26.25
Flixotide accuhaler1 inhaler50mcg£27.25
Flixotide accuhaler1 inhaler100mcg£30.25
Flixotide evohaler1 inhaler125mcg£42.25
Flixotide accuhaler1 inhaler250mcg£42.45
Flixotide evohaler1 inhaler250mcg£57.25
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What is Flixotide?

Flixotide inhalers are preventer inhalers used to treat asthma. Flixotide is prescribed for asthma sufferers who need to use their blue reliever inhaler more than twice a week in order to manage the symptoms and stop them occurring. 

Flixotide inhalers for asthma

Flixotide inhalers are predominantly used to treat asthma. The inhaler is taken twice a day to manage the condition and stop symptoms and asthma attacks from occurring. 

Flixotide for COPD

Flixotide inhalers can also be used to ease the symptoms of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) by reducing flare ups and soothing irritation in the lungs. 

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredient contained in Flixotide is fluticasone propionate.

Inactive ingredients

HFA 134a is the other ingredient.. 

Do Flixotide inhalers contain steroids?

Flixotide is a type of steroid. It contains fluticasone propionate which is a synthetic type of the chemical produced naturally by the body. These chemicals are called corticosteroids, more commonly known as steroids. They perform many functions in the body including inflammation control. The type of steroid in your inhaler is different to the anabolic steroids frequently used in bodybuilding. 

Dosage

Flixotide dosage

For children, the starting dose is 50mg. For adults and children over the age of 16 with mild asthma they will usually start with 100mg, whereas moderate-severe asthma sufferers will be prescribed with 250-500mg. Always take the correct dose as prescribed by your doctor. 
 

When to give the Flixotide

If you are giving Flixotide to your child or assisting an adult, it should be given twice a day as instructed by their doctor. Having a set time in the morning and evening can help to establish a routine. 

When to take your Flixotide inhaler

Flixotide inhalers are usually taken twice every day, once in the morning and once at night. The exact times will depend on your schedule and lifestyle but it will be most effective when taken at the same times each day. 

How to take Flixotide inhalers

Flixotide inhalers should always be taken as directed by your doctor. Before using your inhaler for the first time, check it is working correctly by removing the mouthpiece cover and releasing a puff into the air. When you are ready, sit or stand up straight and steady your breathing. Shake the canister 4-5 times and remove the mouthpiece cover. Breathe out before sealing the mouthpiece between your lips. As you start to breathe in, press down on the canister to release a puff of the medicine as you continue to inhale. Hold your breath for up to ten seconds before exhaling slowly. If you have been instructed to take another puff, wait for 30 seconds before repeating. Rinse out your mouth with water afterwards. 

When to stop taking your Flixotide inhaler

You should only stop taking your Flixotide inhaler if your doctor has said so. Your inhaler needs to be used everyday, even if you feel better and are no longer experiencing symptoms. This means that the medicine is working but your asthma is likely to be triggered if you stop using your inhaler correctly. 

Why do I need to use my Flixotide inhaler regularly?

Flixotide inhalers need to be used regularly in order to manage your asthma and reduce the inflammation in your lungs. If not then your symptoms may not be under control leaving you at risk of having an asthma attack. 

What should I do if I forget to use my Flixotide inhaler?

If you forget to use your Flixotide inhaler then take it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed one. Don't double up the dose. You'll usually need to use your Flixotide inhaler twice a day.

What should I do if I find I’ve used my Flixotide inhaler more than I should have?

If you have taken too many puffs on your inhaler then it's unlikely to be a cause for concern. If this is something that worries you then it's always best to speak to a doctor to make sure. 

Side Effects

Flixotide side effects

The most common side effect is oral thrush. This can be prevented by rinsing your mouth out with water after using your inhaler. Other common side effects are: 

  • Hoarse voice 
  • Bruising 

Rare side effects include: 

  • Glaucoma 
  • Cataracts 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Cushing's syndrome 
  • Mood changes
  • Slowed growth in children 

Contraindications

Do not use Flixotide if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Extra care should be taken if: 

  • You have ever experienced tuberculosis in the lungs 
  • You have a fungal or viral infection in the airways 
  • You have diabetes 

Drug interactions

If you are taking any other medications then inform your doctor before taking Flixotide. Other treatments containing corticosteroids may increase the likelihood of experiencing side effects. The following medications may interact with Flixotide: 

  • Ketoconazole 
  • Itraconazole  
  • Voriconazole
  • Clarithromycin
  • Telithromycin
  • Cobicistat
  • Ritonavir
  • Telaprevir 

Flixotide and pregnancy

Flixotide is safe to use during pregnancy. Having asthma which is not under control poses more risk to the baby than medication taken via an inhaler. 
 

Can I take Flixotide and Ventolin together?

Ventolin can be used alongside Flixotide. Your Ventolin inhaler should be used to relieve symptoms during an asthma attack so you should always have it to hand just in case. 

Treatment Options

Flixotide Accuhaler vs Flixotide Evohaler

The Flixotide Evohaler is known as a metered dose inhaler. This releases the medicine in a mist or fine spray format. The Accuhaler is a dry powdered inhaler. Each individual dose comes in a blistered pack which is released by sliding the lever on the inhaler. The Accuhaler may be easier to use if you find it difficult to push down on the Evohaler and breathe at the same time. Both types of inhaler contain the same medicine just in different formats. 

Q&A

Will Flixotide inhalers treat an asthma attack?

Flixotide inhalers should not be used to treat an asthma attack. If you have an asthma attack then always use your reliever inhaler instead. Your Flixotide inhaler is only for managing your asthma and preventing symptoms from flaring up. 

What do Flixotide inhalers taste like?

Flixotide inhalers may leave an unpleasant taste if it hits the back of your throat or tongue instead of going straight into your lungs. If it's taken correctly then you shouldn't be able to taste it. 

Are Flixotide inhalers safe for children?

Flixotide inhalers are suitable for children and it will be given as a smaller dose. It's recommended that you use a spacer to help your child to use their inhaler correctly. Do not give a child a Flixotide inhaler unless advised to by their doctor.

Are Flixotide inhalers safe for long term use?

Flixotide inhalers are designed for long term use in order to manage your asthma so it's indeed safe for long term use. 

Can Flixotide inhalers be used for any other conditions?

Flixotide inhalers are used to treat asthma but can also provide relief for COPD. They should only be used as your doctor has prescribed it.

How to doctors decide to prescribe Flixotide inhalers for children?

A doctor will thoroughly evaluate your child's symptoms before prescribing them treatment for asthma. They will only be given an inhaler like Flixotide if they have needed to use their reliever inhaler more than twice a week. The dose given will be smaller than what would be prescribed for an adult and calculated to ensure it is safe for children. Doctors must always weight up the risks and the benefits of any medication before prescribing it.

How do Flixotide inhalers affect the lungs?

Flixotide inhalers work by stopping the chemicals which trigger an allergic reaction response from being released into the lungs. This means it stops the lungs from getting inflamed, reducing wheezing, coughing, breathlessness and chest tightness. 

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