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Flixotide is used to help control asthma. It’s a preventer inhaler that you use daily to reduce inflammation in your airways.
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Flixotide asthma inhalers are made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and prevent symptoms of asthma. Flixotide inhalers contain fluticasone propionate, a steroid that reduces irritation in the lungs.
Flixotide inhalers are ‘preventer’ inhalers. So they shouldn’t be used to give immediate relief during an asthma attack. You use them to stop flare-ups of your asthma symptoms from happening, such as swelling, and this reduces your chances of having asthma attacks.
Flixotide inhalers are available in two forms: accuhaler and evohaler.
All asthma inhalers are colour-coded. Flixotide inhalers are orange, often referred to as ‘your orange inhaler’.
Flixotide orange inhalers are available in two forms: evohaler and accuhaler. Both flixotide inhalers contain the same ingredients, but look different.
The flixotide evohaler is what people picture when they think of an inhaler. It’s an ‘L’ shaped orange inhaler with a canister inside which is pressed to deliver the flixotide into the lungs. When you use it, it produces a fine spray or mist.
A set dose is released when you press down on the top of the canister. To take the dose into your lungs, you breathe at the same time as pressing the canister.
The accuhaler is in a circular container, rather than a standard ‘L’ shaped one. It’s an orange inhaler containing flixotide (like evohaler) but it releases a dry powder, rather than a fine spray. The accuhaler delivers a set dose of powdered flixotide into the lungs.
The body naturally produces the steroid needed to control inflammation in the lungs. Asthma sufferers need a flixotide inhaler because they need more of the steroid than their body produces.
The inhaler’s active ingredients are absorbed into the cells in your lungs and stops the cells from releasing the chemicals that cause inflammation.
Flixotide evohalers come in different strengths. Your clinician will decide which dosage size is right for you.
The flixotide evohaler is available in three dosage sizes:
The flixotide accuhaler comes in four different dosage sizes:
Flixotide 100 mcg
Flixotide 500 mcg
Flixotide nebules are used with a special pump called a nebuliser. Each nebule contains 2ml of liquid, 0.5mg of which is fluticasone.
All treatments come with a patient information leaflet, and you should refer to this if you’re unsure on how to use your inhaler. If you have any questions about how to use your inhaler, sign in to your account and send our clinician a message. They should be able to help.
To use a flixotide evohaler (often referred to as a flixotide puffer):
Fluticasone propionate is also available as flixotide nasal spray, and is often prescribed when a a flixotide aerosol inhaler is not suitable or when flixotide is used to treat an allergy
To use flixotide nasal spray:
If you’re unclear on how to use it, you should take a look at the package information leaflet that comes with your medication, or seek advice from our clinician.
To use your flixotide accuhaler:
If you feel like your inhaler isn’t keeping your asthma symptoms under control, you should send our clinician a message. If your breathing suddenly gets worse, you should seek medical attention immediately or go to hospital straight away.
Like all medicines, the flixotide accuhaler and flixotide evohaler can cause side effects. If this happens you should check the package information leaflet that comes with your medication for advice.
Typically, you use flixotide evohaler and accuhaler twice a day.
If you feel that your inhaler is not controlling your asthma, it’s important to contact our clinician. Signs that your asthma is not well controlled include:
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