Seretide And Symbicort Inhalers

Asthma is a chronic problem categorised by repeated attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. Asthma currently affects over 235 millions people according to the World Health Organisation. Although asthma cannot bed cured, it can be managed

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What is a combination inhaler?

A combination inhaler contains two types of medicine which work together to control your asthma. They work as both a preventer and long-acting reliever inhaler. Stronger than a standard preventer inhaler, a combination inhaler may be prescribed for more severe asthma or if you are struggling to manage your asthma with a preventer inhaler alone. 

How do combination inhalers work?

Combination inhalers work in two ways. They contain corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in the lungs and airways, relaxing them so that air can flow in and out more easily. They also contain a long-acting bronchodilator which relieves symptoms in response to a trigger. 

How long does it take for combination inhalers to work?

Your combination inhaler will start to work in the first couple of minutes. After several weeks of use, you should notice a big improvement. It won't provide instant relief like your reliever inhaler so it's important to still use your blue inhaler if you experience an asthma attack. 

When is a combination inhaler prescribed?

A combination inhaler is prescribed if a preventer inhaler is not enough to manage your symptoms alongside your reliever inhaler. If you are using a preventer inhaler and still getting breathless and experiencing chest tightness, wheezing or coughing then report this to your GP who will review your condition and current medication. 

How often do you take a combination inhaler?

A combination inhaler should be used everyday in order to prevent and manage ongoing symptoms. Even if you feel better, continue taking your inhaler daily otherwise your airways will become inflamed again and your symptoms will return. Always use your asthma medication as instructed and ask your doctor if you are unsure. 

How effective are combination inhalers?

Combination inhalers are effective if they are taken correctly and mean you will experience fewer asthma attacks. Everyone's asthma is different, however what works for one person may not suit another. That's why it's important to see your GP regularly to review your symptoms and how well you are managing your asthma. 


What are the types of combination inhalers?

Combination inhalers contain both corticosteroids and bronchodilators. These combinations include: 

  • Fluticasone and salmeterol (Seretide)
  • Budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort)
  • Mometasone and formoterol (Dulera)
  • Fluticasone and vilanterol (Breo)

Are Seretide and Symbicort inhalers suitable for asthma?

Seretide and Symbicort are two types of combination inhalers which are suitable to treat asthma. 

Are Seretide and Symbicort inhalers suitable for COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be treated effectively with both Seretide and Symbicort inhalers. 

Do I need to use a reliever inhaler as well?

If you have been prescribed a combination inhaler then you will still need to have your reliever inhaler for quick relief or to treat an asthma attack. 

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