Seretide Accuhaler

The Seretide Accuhaler contains two active ingredients: fluticasone and salmeterol. Fluticasone is a steroid, which works by reducing the inflammation in the lungs. Whereas, Salmeterol opens and relaxes the airways, making it easier to breathe. The Seretide Accuhaler should not be used during an attack of breathlessness, as it is not designed for instant relief and it will not work. For this you should use a reliever inhaler such as Ventolin. If you would like to order inhalers through Dr Felix, simply complete the 2 minute online consultation. Our UK registered doctors will assess your responses, before issuing a prescription if the inhaler is safe for you. Dr Felix encourages regular check ups of your asthma with your local doctor or nurse.

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What is the Seretide Accuhaler?

Seretide is a combination inhaler used to manage and control asthma. As a preventer inhaler, it is used daily to stop symptoms from flaring up and causing an asthma attack. It combines corticosteroids with a bronchodilator to both soothe inflammation and open the airways.

Why do I need to use Seretide regularly?

Seretide needs to be used daily to keep your asthma under control. It prevents your symptoms from flaring up or leading to an asthma attack, allowing you to breathe easier and have less reliance on your reliever inhaler. You need to keep using it, even if you feel better, or your symptoms will start to get worse.

Will Seretide treat an asthma attack?

Seretide cannot be used to treat an asthma attack. Only your blue reliever inhaler should be used in the event of an asthma attack. Seretide is for prevention only and cannot relieve symptoms after they have occurred. 

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredients in Seretide are salmeterol and fluticasone propionate.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredient contained in Seretide is lactose.

Dosage

What should I do if I forget to use Seretide?

If you have forgotten a dose of Seretide then take it as soon as you can unless it's nearly time for your next one. You should never take double the dose to make up for a missed one. 

What should I do if I find I’ve used Seretide more regularly than I should have?

Using more Seretide than you should have is unlikely to be harmful. It may cause you to experience side effects but in general, this is nothing to worry about. Keep using your Seretide inhaler exactly as your doctor has prescribed and rinse out your mouth with water after each use to help prevent oral thrush.

Seretide dosage

The standard dosage of Seretide is 1-2 puffs twice a day. Always follow your doctor's instructions on how much to take as the dose will vary depending on the severity of your asthma and the proximity of triggers or allergies.

How to take Seretide

Seretide Accuhaler is a dry powder inhaler. Before each use, slide the plastic lever all the way over to one side and then slide it back in the opposite direction. This releases the blister pack containing a dose of the medicine. When you are ready, breathe out fully before placing the mouthpiece between your lips and sealing them. Breathe in as slowly and deeply as you can, holding your breath for up to ten seconds before exhaling with care. Repeat these steps if you need to take two puffs.

How to start taking Seretide

Start taking Seretide as soon as you have been prescribed the inhaler. It's usually taken once in the morning and once in the evening. Seretide is often prescribed for people whose asthma has gotten worse, or if one type of preventer medicine has not proved effective for keeping it under control. 

How and when to stop taking Seretide

You should not stop taking Seretide unless you doctor advises you to do so. Seretide must be taken daily as prescribed. It it a long term form of treatment and your doctor will regularly review your condition to ensure the inhaler is working correctly. 

Side Effects

Seretide side effects

Common side effects include: 

  • Headaches 
  • The cold virus (for COPD sufferers)
  • Irritation in the throat
  • A hoarse voice
  • Oral thrush
  • Muscle aches or cramps 

Uncommon side effects may include: 

  • Tremors 
  • Heart palpitations
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Faster heart rate 
  • Cataracts 
  • Chest pain
  • Hyperglycemia 
  • Glaucoma
  • Cushing's syndrome 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Slowed growth in children 

Patients with COPD may experience: 

  • The cold virus
  • Sinusitis 
  • Decreased level of potassium in the blood 
  • Pneumonia 
  • Bronchitis 
  • Fractured bones 

Contraindications

Seretide is not suitable for anyone who is allergic to the ingredients or for children under four. 

Inform your doctor if you:

  • Are diabetic 
  • Have an overactive thyroid gland
  • Have heart problems 
  • Have phaeochromocytoma
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have low potassium in your blood
  • Have an infection of the lungs or airways

Drug interactions

Always inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications to ensure that the combination is safe. In particular, if you are taking: 

  • Any other type of corticosteroids 
  • Beta blockers
  • Diuretics 
  • Digoxin 
  • Itraconazole 
  • Ketoconazole 
  • Ritonavir 

How to cope with side effects of Seretide

Rinsing out your mouth after using your inhaler will help to prevent fungi from building up and causing thrush. It can help to brush your teeth or use mouthwash regularly. Always use your inhaler as instructed and make sure you read the instructions carefully before starting. 

Treatment Options

Seretide vs Symbicort

Seretide and Symbicort are both combination inhalers which work in similar ways to reduce inflammation in the lungs and to relax and widen the airways to allow you to breathe easier. Seretide contains fluticasone and salmeterol whereas Symbicort contains budesonide and formoterol.

Seretide vs other asthma inhalers

Seretide is a combination inhaler which means it has a stronger effect than single medicine inhalers. It can help to manage more severe asthma, as well as COPD. As a preventer inhaler, it cannot be used to treat an asthma attack so it's important to have your reliever inhaler to hand in case you need it.  

Seretide Evohaler vs Seretide Accuhaler

The Seretide Evohaler is a metered dose inhaler which releases the medicine in the form of a spray or mist. It can feel trickier to use as you must press down on the canister and breathe in at the same time. The medicine contained in the Accuhaler is a dry powder, each dose being released before you breathe it in. This model may be more suitable for children and teenagers as it does not require two actions at once.

Q&A

What does Seretide taste like?

Seretide may produce an unpleasant taste if the medicine hits the back of the throat or mouth instead of going directly into the lungs. This is a sign you are not using your inhaler correctly. If you struggle to use the correct technique, you can use it with a spacer which makes it easier to use.

Can I take Seretide for breathing problems that are not asthma?

Seretide may also be prescribed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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