Compare AirFluSal with other asthma treatments

The list of asthma inhaler names is a long and potentially confusing one. What’s considered the best asthma inhaler for one person won’t necessarily suit the needs of another. The different active ingredients, the alternative methods of application and potential side effects can all play a part in what treatment suits you; so we’re here to help you get a better understanding of the various different asthma inhaler treatments available.

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AirFluSal

AirFluSal

Fluticasone propionate, salmeterol xinafoate

A combination inhaler to keep your asthma in check.

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Fluticasone propionate, salmeterol xinafoate
25 mcg dose / 125mcgs 120d CFC free PMDI; 25 mcg dose / 250mcgs 120d CFC free PMDI; 50 mcg dose / 500mcgs 60d DPI
Inhaler
N/A
Sandoz
Prescription-only
£51.95
Sereflo

Sereflo

Fluticasone + Salmeterol

A combined preventer inhaler for long-term management of asthma. Comes as a pMDI.

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Fluticasone + Salmeterol
25mcg/125mcg; 25mcg/250mcg
Inhaler
N/A
-
Prescription-only
£49.95
Stalpex

Stalpex

Fluticasone propionate, salmeterol xinafoate

An easy-to-use inhaler that relieves and prevents symptoms of COPD and asthma.

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Fluticasone propionate, salmeterol xinafoate
50mcg/500mcg DPI
Inhaler
N/A
Glenmark
Prescription-only
£51.95
Soltel

Soltel

Salmeterol

Daily CFC-free bronchodilator that works by opening the airways in the lungs.

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Salmeterol
25mcg
Inhaler
N/A
Cipla
Prescription-only
£49.95
Relvar Ellipta

Relvar Ellipta

Vilanterol + Fluticasone

An easy-to-use preventer inhaler for long term asthma symptoms.

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Vilanterol + Fluticasone
92mcg/22mcg DPI; 184mcg/22mcg DPI
Inhaler
N/A
GlaxoSmithKline
Prescription-only
£63.95
Fusacomb Easyhaler

Fusacomb Easyhaler

Fluticasone + Salmeterol

Daily combination inhaler for asthma and COPD that works for up to 12 hours.

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Fluticasone + Salmeterol
50mcg/500mcg; 50mcg/250mcg
Inhaler
N/A
Orion Pharma
Prescription-only
£61.95
Fostair

Fostair

Beclometasone + Formoterol

A combination inhaler for asthma maintenance. Sometimes used as a reliever.

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Beclometasone + Formoterol
100mcg/6mcg; 200mcg/6mcg
Inhaler
N/A
Chiesi
Prescription-only
£88.95
Fobumix Easyhaler

Fobumix Easyhaler

Budesonide + Formoterol

Asthma and COPD prevention and relief in a dry powder inhaler.

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Budesonide + Formoterol
160mcg/4.5mcg DPI; 320mcg/9mcg DPI; 80mcg/4.5mcg DPI
Inhaler
N/A
Orion Pharma
Prescription-only
£41.95
Soprobec

Soprobec

Beclomethasone dipropionate

Prevention steroid inhaler available in four strengths to help manage your asthma.

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Beclomethasone dipropionate
50mcg; 100mcg; 200mcg; 250mcg
Inhaler
N/A
Glenmark
Prescription-only
£27.95
Sirdupla

Sirdupla

Fluticasone + Salmeterol

Control and relieve your asthma symptoms with a combined preventer inhaler.

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Fluticasone + Salmeterol
25mcg/125mcg; 25mcg/250mcg
Inhaler
N/A
Cipla
Prescription-only
£64.95
  • Manufacturers subject to change.
  • Start and duration of effects are estimations.
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How to choose an asthma inhaler

Before you choose an inhaler, there are certain factors that need to be taken into account for your specific needs. These can include your symptoms and their severity, your lifestyle and any other health issues you have, whether related to asthma or not.

You need to be able to effectively use your inhaler so that the medication can reach your airways and lungs. If you struggle using your inhaler then there’s more chance of you not receiving the right dose of the active ingredient which can lead to poorly managed asthma.

Therefore choosing an asthma inhaler is more about which one suits you the best in terms of how you administer it and whether it prevents or relieves asthma symptoms.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of asthma inhalers: relievers and preventers. Relievers are used to treat asthma symptoms as and when they present. Preventers are used to keep asthma symptoms at bay and therefore prevent asthma attacks from occurring. They can also be called maintenance inhalers.

Reliever inhalers are usually blue and contain fast-acting active ingredients. Preventer inhalers are usually brown or purple and contain one or two ingredients that stop symptoms, or at least severe symptoms, from presenting.

It’s important to understand that the colours of the inhalers are not meant to act as an accurate guide. Some products differ from these colour codes, so be sure to read the product’s packaging or speak with your prescribing clinician.

Most people living with asthma will be prescribed a reliever inhaler to begin with, but if you need to use it frequently, a preventative treatment will likely be recommended. Some people use a combination inhaler that works to prevent symptoms, as well as treat them quickly when they do occur.

Another way to look at the types of inhalers are as evohalers and accuhalers. These terms refer to how the medication is administered or released into the airways.

Evohalers are devices that are basically standard inhalers, those that require you to time your breathing so that you inhale the medication fully. Accuhalers instead use a dried powder that is propelled into the airways without the need to ‘actuate’ it with your breath. Many people find accuhalers easier to use as a result, but it’s really a matter of personal preference. It’s important to know how to use your inhaler correctly, so your treatment is as effective as it can be. So if you’re using a different type of inhaler than you normally use, make sure to read the instructions carefully first.

When is a combi inhaler a good option?

Combination inhalers are usually used to step up a patient’s treatment in order to help them gain better control of their condition. They are rarely prescribed as a first line of treatment unless your asthma is particularly severe.

Combined treatments are used daily to prevent any symptoms from flaring up. The treatment should be taken daily and at the same time, even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms.

Who should use asthma tablets?

There are a few reasons why you may be prescribed tablets instead of inhalers. It might be that you have struggled to tolerate inhalers, as they can cause issues with sore throats and other irritations.

On the other hand, as tablets are digested, this might lead to other side effects, including nausea and vomiting. Tablets can cause very common and common side effects and can be one of the reasons they are not routinely offered.

You might also be prescribed tablets alongside inhalers if your asthma is severe or if inhalers are not proving fully effective in treating the condition.

The only real difference between Ventolin and Salbutamol is packaging. Salbutamol is the active ingredient in Ventolin. There are other branded inhalers that also contain salbutamol. There might be some differences in the device that administers the medication, but the medication itself is the same.

Studies have also shown that other brands of salbutamol are just as effective as each other. One study that compared Salamol vs Ventolin showed no difference in the medications effects, but it’s possible that some of the non-active ingredients, some of which may differ, might cause some issues .

While both Bricanyl and Ventolin are bronchodilators, medications that help to open up the airways, they are not the same drugs.

Bricanyl and Ventolin are both fast acting beta agonists, which means they get to work quickly to tackle the symptoms of asthma, making them reliever inhalers.

What to do if you want to change inhaler

Customer-SatisfactionAsthma is a serious condition that can affect people in different ways. Keeping on top of symptoms and avoiding asthma attacks is the overall aim so that you can get on with the important things in life. This can mean that getting the right dosage and type of treatment may require a little patience.

If you feel that your asthma could be better managed as you’re not getting the effects you need from your inhaler, speak with a clinician. They'll be able to help you find the best solution for your specific needs, whether it be changing the dosage, inhaler or type of medication.

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This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.

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