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    Budesonide + Formoterol

    A preventer inhaler usually taken on a daily basis to keep your asthma well managed.

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    Bronchodilator reliever inhaler used to act quickly on asthma symptoms and other lung conditions.

    • Starting from £34.00
    Ventolin Evohaler



    Quickly relieves asthma symptoms by relaxing your airways to help you breathe more easily.

    • Starting from £22.00
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    Fast-acting reliever inhaler used to treat asthma symptoms when they develop.

    • Starting from £23.00
    Red Qvar Easi-Breathe inhaler with white cap at the bottom

    Qvar Easi-Breathe


    An inhaler that delivers prevention medication directly to your lungs to help manage your asthma.

    • Starting from £33.00
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    Easyhaler Salbutamol


    Widely used asthma reliever medication. Provides instant relief from asthma symptoms.

    • Starting from £25.00
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    Flixotide inhalers are usually orange and contain a steroid to help prevent asthma symptoms.

    • Starting from £26.00
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    One a day preventative asthma tablets. Generic version of Singulair.

    • Starting from £22.00
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    Contains the corticosteroid budesonide to help prevent asthma symptoms. Uses a no-push mechanism.

    • Starting from £41.00
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    Blue, CFC free inhaler that acts fast to relieve asthma symptoms.

    • Starting from £31.00
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    Fluticasone + Salmeterol

    Long acting bronchodilator for asthma. It opens up the airways and tackles inflammation.

    • Starting from £47.00
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    Branded treatment for quick asthma relief that lasts for 12 hours or more.

    • Starting from £67.00
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    Branded tablets used to prevent asthma symptoms. Usually taken alongside other medications.

    • Starting from £63.00

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    What do the different asthma inhaler colours mean?

    What do the different asthma inhaler colours mean?

    Asthma inhalers come in lots of colours. However, the most memorable tend to be the brown and blue ones, probably because they are prescribed more frequently. People often refer to their inhalers by the colour instead of their name, as it can be easier to do so. But what do the colours actually mean and how reliable are they as a guide?

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    What is an asthma action plan?

    What is an asthma action plan?

    By following your asthma action plan you’ll lower the chances of worsening your condition. Asthma can be debilitating, but having a set plan to follow helps you to have more control over your life and your condition.

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    What is an asthma attack?

    Knowing the signs of an asthma attack and what to do is really important if you or someone you know suffers from asthma. It could save a life.

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    What is asthma?

    Asthma is a condition which can be serious, and needs to be managed with the right medication. It’s a condition that affects the lungs, with swelling of the airways and tightness in the chest making it more difficult to breathe. 

    Minor cases can be a nuisance, but more severe cases may be life threatening. There’s currently no cure for it, but inhalers can prevent or relieve symptoms, so asthma can be well-managed without it affecting your life too much. 

    How common is asthma?

    More than 8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with asthma (so around 12% of the population), with approximately 5.4 million receiving treatment for it. So it’s fairly common.

    Worldwide, it’s thought to affect more than 300 million people, and be prevalent in 4.5% of the global population. It’s more common in developed countries, but the prevalence of it is increasing in less developed countries too.

    You’re more likely to get it as a child than during adulthood, but you can still develop it when you’re a bit older. It affects more boys than girls in early childhood, but this gender ratio switches amongst adults.

    Some people grow out of asthma, but it’s normally a long-term condition if you get it as an adult. 

    Are there different types of asthma?

    Yes. There are several different forms of asthma that you can develop. Allergic asthma is caused by allergic reactions to specific substances. Adult-onset asthma first presents in adulthood, while childhood asthma occurs when you’re a child.

    There’s also occupational asthma, which you can develop in the workplace (usually due to an allergy), and nocturnal asthma (which occurs at night). You can get acute or chronic asthma, seasonal asthma (which occurs at certain times of the year) and exercise-induced asthma too.

    There’s a rare type of asthma called eosinophilic asthmawhich is when your body produces too many white blood cells. Eosinophil counts measure the level of white blood cells in your body and can help monitor the condition. 

    Eosinophilic asthma usually starts in adults between the ages of 35 and 50. We’re still learning about the condition, but it can’t be easily treated with many of the usual medications. Corticosteroids seem to be the best treatment for most people. 

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    What causes asthma?

    While we know what can trigger an attack, the root cause of asthma isn’t entirely clear.

    Genetics, the environment, and the relationship between these two factors are thought to play a role. Asthma rates have also risen in urban areas in the past few decades, which has led some to suggest that air pollution may contribute towards it.

    Respiratory infections and physical activity are also linked to asthma attacks, but ultimately the condition can be triggered by many factors which vary from one person to the next.

    What to look out for with asthma symptoms

    Moderate asthma symptoms include wheezing, coughing and chest tightness. These can be easily treated with the right medication. Severe asthma attack symptoms include being too breathless to speak, dizziness, blue fingers or lips and fainting.

    It’s only when asthma symptoms develop into an asthma attack that you should seek immediate medical help, especially if you don’t have your treatment with you. Severe asthma flare-ups can be tackled with medication that eases symptoms very effectively. So in short – it’s important that you always have your asthma treatment with you. 

    How long does asthma last?

    Asthma’s a lifelong condition and there’s currently no cure. Thankfully, it can be well managed with easy-to-take medications that have few side effects. Mild symptoms may only last for a few minutes, whilst more severe symptoms can persist for longer. 

    Asthma breathing difficulties are the most likely symptoms, which can be alarming when they’re severe. But the good news is that there is medication that can get to work on these symptoms immediately.

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    What are the different types of asthma treatment?

    There are a few different sorts of asthma medication. Long term treatments come as inhalers and tablets, reducing your risk of having an attack. There are also reliever treatments for when an attack comes on, which are usually inhalers. Injections and infusions are available if your asthma is more serious, but you’ll need to see a specialist for that.

    Some people use a combination of reliever and preventer treatments, and some inhalers even do both at once. These are called combination inhalers.

    What are the different types of asthma inhalers?

    Preventer inhalers are usually brown in colour and are the main asthma treatment. They contain a low dose steroid called corticosteroids which keep inflammation and swelling in your airways under control. Because they stop swelling and inflammation from increasing in your airways, there’s less chance of you having a serious reaction to your asthma triggers. 

    It’s important to use this inhaler every day, even when you don’t have symptoms. Most people take their preventer inhaler twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. 

    Reliever inhalers are only used for quick relief when you get symptoms (or when you’re having an asthma attack). They’re fast acting and work quickly in the airways to relax the muscles, so that you can breathe more freely. Reliever inhalers tend to be blue in colour.

    There are also combination inhalers, which contain two types of treatment: a corticosteroid preventer and a long-acting bronchodilator. The preventer restricts inflammation in your airways, whilst the long-acting bronchodilator medicine gives you relief on an ongoing basis from symptoms like tightness in the chest and feeling breathless. 

    You need to take your combination inhaler every day, even if you aren’t feeling unwell. 

    It’s important to note that a lot of combination inhalers won’t provide you with quick relief if your symptoms get worse, or if you have an asthma attack. So if you get symptoms, you should always have your reliever inhaler with you to tackle symptoms quickly. Because the medicine in combination inhalers is long acting rather than fast acting, it can’t treat symptoms that develop suddenly. 

    A clinician may recommend that you use a combination inhaler if your preventer inhaler isn’t keeping your asthma under control. 

    What are the best practices for asthma prevention?

    As well as using the preventer inhaler daily, there are a few things you can do to stop an asthma flare-up from happening. Knowing the signs of asthma and what causes them is important as you can avoid many of the triggers that lead to an attack. These can include things you’re allergic to or even stress. 

    It may also be helpful to maintain the air quality in your work or home if pollution and allergens are a trigger for you. 

    A clinician will normally help you put together a personal action plan that can make it easier to stay on top of your asthma. This includes how to monitor the condition, what you should do if you have an asthma attack and information about your medicines.

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    How is Qvar Easi-Breathe different from other treatments for asthma?

    There is another kind of Easi-Breathe inhaler called Salamol Easi-Breathe. It has a different active ingredient to Qvar Easi-Breathe, as it has salbutamol in it rather than beclometasone. They’re different types of drugs, as the beclometasone in Qvar Easi-Breathe is a corticosteroid while the salbutamol in Salamol Easi-Breathe is a beta-2 receptor agonist. So one may work for you if the other doesn’t. But because they’re both Easi-Breathe inhalers, they’re used in the same way.

    Is Qvar Easi-Breathe similar to any other treatments?

    There are other treatments for asthma that contain beclometasone. Some of them contain the same active ingredient in the same dose, but are sold under other brand names. So they all work in very similar ways. The main difference is that Qvar is the only Easi-Breathe inhaler containing beclometasone. So it’s used slightly differently.

    There are also combination inhalers that contain beclometasone as well as another active ingredient, like formoterol. Combination inhalers contain a corticosteroid like beclometasone as well as a long-acting bronchodilator. These are usually used for people with asthma who have more severe symptoms, or who struggle to control their asthma.

    Do I need a prescription for Qvar Easi-Breathe?

    Yes, you’ll need a clinician to prescribe you Qvar Easi-Breathe before you can buy it. It contains a strong corticosteroid treatment and it’s designed for people with asthma. So it’s not safe for everyone to use. If you do have asthma and you think Qvar Easi-Breathe might be right for you, talk to your clinician.

    How effective is Qvar Easi-Breathe?

    Qvar Easi-Breathe is a powerful asthma treatment. In one study, people treated with Qvar Easi-Breathe over 12 weeks saw significant improvements in peak expiratory flow. This is a good measurement of the openness of airways as well as breathing ability. Participants needed to use their rescue medications less, and saw an overall improvement in their asthma symptoms. Their quality of life also improved. A longer-term study also found that lung function and asthma control improved significantly over 14 months of treatment. So Qvar Easi-Breathe really works, and it’s safe to use long-term.

    Why should I buy a Qvar Easi-Breathe inhaler online with Treated?

    Treated can make managing your asthma easier. If you order Qvar Easi-Breathe online with us, we’ll have it delivered to you. You can sign up for flexible subscriptions, so we’ll deliver it to you before you run out. We’ll remember so you don’t have to.

    Buying Qvar Easi-Breathe inhaler with us also puts you in touch with our clinical team. We’ll contact you during treatment to make sure your medication is working the way it should. And if you ever have questions or concerns, we’re only a message away.

    Is Seretide a steroid inhaler?

    Seretide contains a corticosteroid called fluticasone. This reduces inflammation in the lungs by preventing your cells from releasing chemicals that cause inflammation in the lungs and airways.

    The other active ingredient, salmeterol, is a long acting beta-2 agonist. This helps to open up the airways and makes breathing easier.

    Which is better: Seretide Accuhaler or Seretide Evohaler?

    It depends what you find easier to use, and which dose you need. They both do the same job, just in different ways. And the dosing is slightly different. Your clinician can help you decide which inhaler is best for you.

    The active ingredients in Seretide Evohaler enter your lungs as a mist, and the same active ingredients are found in the Seretide Accuhaler in powder form.

    The inhalers are both purple, but look different. The Evohaler is an ‘L’ shaped inhaler, and the Accuhaler is disk-shaped.

    Some people find the Seretide Accuhaler easier to use because there’s no need to time your breathing as you take the dose of medicine.

    The traditional aerosol inhaler (which is what Evohaler is a modern equivalent of) has been a popular form of treatment for asthma for over 50 years. Being easy to manufacture makes it highly affordable. Children and older people can find it difficult to time their breathing correctly when using an evohaler and this reduces the amount of medicine that reaches the lungs. Historically there has been concern about the environmental impact of aerosol inhalers and their effect on the ozone layer,  but many inhalers, including Seretide, are now made using CFC-free propellants.

    Is Seretide safe during pregnancy?

    Yes. It’s safe to use Seretide during pregnancy.

    If you have asthma, you are likely to be closely monitored throughout your pregnancy due to the changes that your body goes through when you’re pregnant.

    Is Seretide the same as Serevent?

    Seretide and Serevent are different. The two active ingredients in Seretide mean that it’s a combination treatment, while Serevent only has one ingredient.

    Serevent contains a reliever agent only, and doesn’t contain a long-acting medication to prevent symptoms. They both contain the same reliever ingredient, though.

    Are there alternatives to Seretide?

    There are other combination inhalers that can be used as an alternative to Seretide.

    Seroflo and Combisal offer a cheaper alternative to Seretide but contain the same active ingredients: salmeterol and fluticasone

    Symbicort is made by the same manufacturer as Seretide. It contains different active ingredients to Seretide, but works in a similar way. Symbicort is used less frequently than Seretide to achieve the same effects.

    Can Seretide also be used in COPD?

    Yes. Seretide can be used to treat asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) because it helps to prevent and relieve the effects of inflammation in the lungs. But the dose of Seretide prescribed for COPD may be different to that prescribed for asthma.

    COPD is the name given to a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

    Do I need a prescription for Seretide?

    Yes. Seretide is a prescription only treatment, so our clinician will need to make sure that it’s a safe and suitable treatment option for you, and they’ll need to ensure that you’re taking the correct dose to control your asthma.

    Can you take Seretide and Ventolin together?

    You can take Seretide and Ventolin alongside each other, because they’re different types of inhalers. Seretide is an inhaler that helps to prevent asthma, and you’ll use it as a regular medicine you take every day at set times. Ventolin is an on-demand inhaler that helps to relieve asthma symptoms when you get them. So they do different jobs.

    On occasion, you might be advised to use your reliever inhaler immediately before your preventer inhaler, because this can sometimes help you administer the preventer dose better.

    Why should I buy my Seretide inhaler online with Treated?

    We’re making asthma care convenient. Tell us about your health, and we’ll advise you on the right treatments just for you. You can choose your medication from our options, and how often you’d like to receive your treatment from our pharmacy too.

    We’re also big on aftercare. So our clinicians will stay in touch with you on a regular basis to find out how you’re getting on with your treatment. You can change, pause or cancel your subscription at any point.

    What side effects can asthma inhalers cause?

    If you’re using your preventer and reliever inhalers, side effects aren’t particularly common, but it’s important to be aware of them.

    Preventer inhalers can cause a sore, or generally irritated, throat. It usually happens when you’ve taken too much treatment, or used consistently high doses. You can avoid this by making sure that the medication spends as little time in your throat as possible. Rinsing your mouth out after use can also help. But if you find that it persists, let our clinician know. They may recommend another type of inhaler or medication.

    With reliever inhalers, one in ten people may experience mild shakiness and an increased heartbeat. If you experience these side effects, drop our clinician a message. They can advise you on alternative treatments or they may adjust your dose.

    What about asthma and allergies?

    Allergic asthma is a common form of the condition. It’s asthma that’s triggered by allergens such as dust mites, pets and pollen, so you should try to manage your exposure to these where you can (keeping your pets out of your bedroom for example, and clean your pet’s bedding and toys regularly). You’ll usually be prescribed a preventer inhaler and a reliever inhaler to tackle the symptoms.

    Asthma chest pain is a common reaction to allergies and can easily be mistaken for other health problems, such as a heart attack.

    Are there natural remedies for asthma?

    There are many complementary treatments for asthma but they shouldn’t replace the prescription medication a clinician recommends. Breathing techniques can help control shortness of breath and reduce the need for reliever treatment, but you should always keep your inhaler close by, just in case.

    Air purifiers for asthma can help to reduce allergens as they clean the air, but they can be expensive and aren’t always effective. There’s little evidence that homeopathy or acupuncture offer any benefit.

    What’s the difference between an asthma nebulizer and inhaler?

    While there are differences in how the two provide the medication, they’re effectively the same thing. Inhalers are worked by a manual pump action, much like an air freshener. Portable nebulizers are powered by a small electrical charge that releases a mist that’s inhaled, while the plug in versions blow air into a mask that you wear. Both are designed to get the medication into the lungs as quickly as possible.

    Why should I buy asthma treatment with Treated?

    Preventer inhalers, reliever inhalers, combination inhalers. There’s quite a lot to get your head around with asthma medications.

    At Treated, we’ll break it all down for you. Let us know about your health and our clinicians will advise you on asthma treatments that are safe and suitable for you to use. You choose your medication, and how often you’d like to receive it from our pharmacy (as well as the quantity of it each time too). Change, pause or cancel your subscription anytime.

    We’re on hand to answer any questions you’ve got about your treatment. You just need to sign in and send them a message. They’ll be in touch with you on a regular basis to find out how you’re getting on with your medication, and can make any adjustments for you.

    How effective is Ventolin?

    Ventolin is a straightforward and easy to use device that allows you to get the medication to the airways as quickly as possible. This is vital for its effectiveness when treating an attack.

    Its effectiveness has been proven to be high, with a significant reduction in the need for hospitalisation. The peace of mind provided by a fast acting asthma treatment is also great for your freedom and general well-being.
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