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AirFluSal Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) is a type of “preventer” inhaler. It should be taken every day to prevent the symptoms of asthma including asthma attacks and exacerbations. This is different to a “reliever” inhaler which is used when acute symptoms including cough, breathlessness, and a tight chest occur. AirFluSal is the tradename, and the active ingredients are salmeterol and fluticasone.
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About AirFluSal Metered Dose Inhaler
- AirFluSal MDI is an inhaled medication that is used to treat severe asthma and other breathing difficulties including COPD
- It is only prescribed for adults aged 18 and over
- AirFluSal MDI is used when a combination of other asthma medications, including inhaled corticosteroids, are required to keep asthma under control
- AirFluSal MDI is a “preventer” asthma medication, taken regularly to prevent the symptoms of asthma but not to treat acute episodes including asthma attacks
- The inhaler comes in two different strengths
- It is important to read the patient leaflet for a full list of side effects and cautions.
How Does AirFluSal MDI Work?
AirFluSal MDI is used for the treatment of moderate to severe asthma. It contains a combination of a corticosteroid (fluticasone) and a bronchodilator (salmeterol).
Corticosteroids such as fluticasone help to reduce swelling in the airways by dampening down the activity of inflammatory cells in the airways, including mast cells and white blood cells. With the swelling minimised, it is easier to draw air into the lungs, making breathing feel easier and reducing any associated wheezing.
Bronchodilators such as salmeterol relax the muscles around the airways, helping to open the passageways to make it easier to breathe.
The combination of medications contained within AirFluSal MDI therefore helps to minimise the symptoms associated with asthma.
Unlike a reliever inhaler, preventer inhalers can take several days to alleviate your symptoms. It can take up to two weeks before you notice the full benefit of taking AirFluSal MDI. It is important to continue taking your inhaler as prescribed, as stopping it increases the risk of your asthma symptoms returning.
You may also need a reliever inhaler to treat any flare ups of asthma that occur.
How is AirFluSal MDI Taken?
Unlike a reliever inhaler which is only taken when your symptoms suddenly worsen, you should take AirFluSal MDI every day. Many people will take their inhaler in the morning and in the evening. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s information to ensure you take your inhaler properly.
The inhaler should be shaken prior to use. Gently breathe out and then place the inhaler into your mouth. Press the canister down, and inhale to draw the medication in as you breathe. Hold your breath to allow time for the medication to get deep into your lungs, and then exhale. Taking an inhaler can take some practice, and some people find it helpful to practice in front of a mirror for their first attempts.
AirFluSal MDI can be combined with a spacer device to make it easier to get the drug into the airways within the lungs. In this case, spray the inhaler into the spacer chamber and then inhale the medication at your own pace. This is ideal for those who find it difficult to co-ordinate inhaling the medication.
The steroid can increase your risk of developing a fungal infection within your mouth. It is therefore advisable to rinse your mouth to wash any remaining steroid out after you have taken your inhaler. Using a spacer can help to reduce the risk of fungal infections occurring.
Dosage of AirFluSal MDI
AirFluSal MDI is available in two different strength inhalers.
- 25/125mcg contains 25 micrograms of salmeterol and 125 micrograms of fluticasone propionate.
- 25/250mcg contains 25 micrograms of salmeterol and 250 micrograms of fluticasone propionate.
The inhaler is usually taken once in the morning and once at night. Check the label to ensure you take the correct dose.
Your healthcare professional will prescribe the right dose inhaler based on your asthma symptoms and response to this and other medications.
Are there any Side Effects?
Like all medications, AirFluSal MDI can have some side effects. The most common side effects include:
- Oral thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth)
- Irritation of the throat
- Hoarse voice
- Inflammation of the nose and nasal passages
- Contusions to the skin
- Low potassium levels
- Muscle aches and pains
Side effects are more likely to occur following long-term use of AirFluSal MDI. If side effects persist or are troublesome, you should speak to your doctor for further advice.
If you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) including breathlessness, lip or tongue swelling, call 999 immediately.
AirFluSal MDI Warnings
AirFluSal MDI is only prescribed for adults, but may not be suitable for everyone. You should tell your doctor if you:
- Have an irregular heartbeat
- Have low potassium levels
- Have diabetes
- Have thyroid disease
- Have, or have ever had, tuberculosis
- Are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding.
Some medications can interact with AirFluSal MDI. You may be advised that AirFluSal MDI will not suit you if you already take:
- A different inhaler
Because AirFluSal MDI may not suit everyone, we will complete a Consultation with you including a health questionnaire. This will ensure that the medication will be suitable for you.
A qualified prescriber will review your current medications, including any herbal remedies or supplements, to ensure that AirFluSal MDI will not interact with them.
Once prescribed, AirFluSal MDI will be ordered on your behalf via electronic prescription, allowing you to pick the medication up at your convenience.