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Seretide is the brand name for an inhaler that contains the steroid fluticasone and a bronchodilator called salmeterol. It is prescribed for adults with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Seretide is a preventer inhaler that should be used regularly to prevent flare ups of asthma or COPD.
- Manages and controls asthma
- Relieves breathlessness
- Keeps the airways open
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- Seretide is a preventer inhaler used to keep the symptoms of asthma and COPD under control
- Seretide contains a steroid called fluticasone and a bronchodilator called salmeterol
- Seretide reduces the inflammation within the airways making it easier to breathe, as well as reducing respiratory symptoms including wheeze and cough
- You will likely also require a reliever inhaler to be taken in case of an asthma attack (exacerbation of asthma) or an exacerbation of COPD
- It is important to read the patient leaflet for a full list of side effects and cautions.
How Does Seretide Work?
Seretide is an inhaler that contains two different drugs. The first is the steroid fluticasone. Fluticasone helps to reduce the swelling within the airways. It does this by dampening down the actions of inflammatory cells in the airways, including mast cells and white blood cells.
Once the swelling is minimised, it is easier to draw air into the lungs via the airways. This makes your breathing feel easier and helps to reduce wheezing.
Seretide also contains the long acting bronchodilator salmeterol. It relaxes the muscles around the airways, helping to open the passageways to make it easier to breathe.
Some people feel an improvement soon after taking their inhaler. However, it can take up to two weeks before you notice the full benefit of taking a Seretide inhaler. At this point, it is important to continue using your inhaler every day as prescribed. Stopping your inhaler is likely to lead to your symptoms of asthma or COPD recurring.
You may also need a “reliever” inhaler in case of a sudden flare up of symptoms including breathlessness, wheezing, or coughing.
How is Seretide Taken?
Seretide is available as an Accuhaler (a round, dry powder inhaler) or an Evohaler (a metered dose inhaler).
The two inhalers are taken differently, and it is important that you read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you take the inhaler properly.
For the Seretide Evohaler, the following instructions will help you understand how to take your inhaler.
- Sit or stand up straight to take your inhaler.
- Check the dose counter to be sure that the inhaler isn’t empty.
- Remove the cover and check there is nothing inside the mouthpiece.
- Shake the inhaler well.
- Breathe out away from the inhaler.
- Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips around it to form a good seal. Do not bite the inhaler.
- Push the top of the canister down firmly and breathe in quickly and deeply. This will help to draw the medication into the lungs.
- Take your finger off the canister and remove the inhaler from your mouth, then keep your mouth closed.
- Hold your breath for 10 seconds, or for as long as is comfortable.
- Breathe out slowly.
- If you are prescribed a second dose, repeat steps 4 to 10.
- Replace the cap of the inhaler.
Some people find it easier to take their Seretide Evohaler with a spacer device. Speak to your doctor if you think you might benefit from using a spacer.
If you are prescribed the Seretide Accuhaler, the following instructions may help.
- Sit or stand up straight to take your inhaler.
- Open the inhaler by pushing the thumb grip around until the inhaler clicks.
- Next, slide the lever down until it clicks. This means that the powder is now ready to be inhaled.
- Breathe out away from the inhaler, and then place the mouthpiece into your mouth.
- Breathe in slowly but deeply to inhale the medication.
- Remove the inhaler from your mouth and then hold your breath for around 10 seconds.
- If you are prescribed a second dose, repeat steps 2 to 7.
- Close the Accuhaler once you have taken the full dose.
Dosage of Seretide
Most people will take one dose of Seretide twice daily.
The Seretide Evohaler is available in three different strengths:
- 25/50 contains 25 micrograms of salmeterol and 50 micrograms of fluticasone
- 25/125 contains 25 micrograms of salmeterol and 125 micrograms of fluticasone
- 25/250 contains 25 micrograms of salmeterol and 250 micrograms of fluticasone.
The Seretide Accuhaler is stronger, and is also available in three different strengths:
- 50/100 contains 50 micrograms of salmeterol and 100 micrograms of fluticasone
- 50/250 contains 50 micrograms of salmeterol and 250 micrograms of fluticasone
- 50/500 contains 50 micrograms of salmeterol and 500 micrograms of fluticasone.
Your dose of Seretide will depend on the condition you are being treated for, and the severity of your symptoms. It is important to follow your individual prescription to ensure you take the correct dose.
Are there any Side Effects?
Like all medications, Seretide can have some side effects. The most common side effects include:
- Inflammation or infection of the nose or throat
- Irritation of the throat
- Hoarse voice
- Skin bruising more easily
- Muscle cramps
- Aches and pains
- Candida of the mouth (a fungal thrush infection in the mouth)
- Chest infections
- Low potassium level on blood testing.
Some side effects are likely to settle down, but if they persist or become troublesome you should speak to your doctor for further advice. If you think you have an infection, contact your doctor as antimicrobial treatment may be required.
The risk of developing a fungal infection in the mouth can be reduced by rinsing your mouth with water after taking the inhaler.
More serious side effects are rare. They are more likely if you have been taking Seretide or another steroid inhaler or tablet for a long time. The side effects include:
- Signs of an infection including high temperature, cough with phlegm or mucus, pain on passing urine (peeing), or mouth sores
- A round puffy face known as ‘moon face’ – this can be a sign of Cushing’s Syndrome
- Diarrhoea and vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, tiredness, and dizziness – these can be signs of adrenal problems
- Blurred vision due to glaucoma or cataracts.
Serious allergic reactions happen very rarely. If you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) including breathlessness, lip swelling or tongue swelling, call 999 immediately.
Seretide may not be suitable for everyone. You should tell your prescriber if you:
- Have an allergy to any of the ingredients in Seretide
- Have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medication
- Have a heart rhythm abnormality
- Have thyroid disease
- Have low potassium levels on blood testing
- Have diabetes
- Are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding.
Your prescriber can then advise whether Seretide is a suitable medication for you.
Occasionally, using a new inhaler can lead to worsening of your symptoms. If you notice shortness of breath, wheeze, or a persistent cough after taking Seretide inhaler, use your reliever inhaler and contact your doctor straight away.
Some medications can interact with Seretide. You may be advised that Seretide will not suit you if you already take:
- Beta blockers
- Medications for HIV or AIDS
- Antifungal medications.
Because Seretide 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 Seretide will not interact with them.
Once prescribed, Seretide will be ordered on your behalf via electronic prescription. Seretide will then be conveniently dispatched from one of our partner pharmacies.