Seretide can be used as both a preventer inhaler and a reliever inhaler to both alleviate asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks. It is available in two forms of inhaler, Accuhaler and Evohaler, and can help to lower the chances of an attack from occurring. Containing two active ingredients, salmeterol and fluticasone, this treatment works by clearing the airways and reducing inflammation in the lungs.
"Asthmatic symptoms if left untreated could potentially prove harmful. For sufferers of the condition, it is essential to have the right inhaler treatment to hand."
Seretide Frequently Asked Questions
The inhaler is an ideal medication for sufferers of asthma who would like to reduce their symptoms and the likelihood of having an asthma attack on a daily basis. It fights the inflammation caused by asthma in the lungs, and reduces irritation to the air passages.
The Seretide inhalers also have a unique design that is highly suitable for asthmatics that have difficulty with traditional ‘spray’ inhalers. They also hae an indicator that shows how many doses of medication are left, which makes replacing your treatment before you run out easier.
Seretide’s active ingredients salmeterol and fluticasone work in two distinct ways to help lower asthma attack risks and alleviate symptoms.
Salmeterol is what’s known as a bronchodilator. This is what helps airways stay open, allowing air to move through them more easily and the effects of this can last for at least 12 hours. Fluticasone, like most other preventer inhaler ingredients, is a corticosteroid, which reduces inflammation and swelling in the lungs, in turn lowering their irritability. Together the two ingredients combine to provide effective preventative treatment of asthma.
Most patients who suffer from asthma can use the Accuhaler and Evohaler safely. However, you should inform your prescribing doctor, or include it in our online consultation, if you suffer or have suffered from tuberculosis (TB), high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. This may affect your suitability for treatment. People who are lactose intolerant should also practice caution when using the treatment and report any abnormal responses to their doctors if experienced.
You should avoid using Seretide all together if you are allergic to the active ingredients.
You should only use the medication as prescribed and instructed by a doctor. This inhalers also function differently, in that they do not provide the traditional spray of medication. Simply inhaling the treatment correctly will ensure the medicine has been delivered properly. It may take some time to adjust or experience the effects fully.
In terms of dosages, exact dosages will depend on the severity of your asthma but in general for adults and children it’s one inhalation twice per day. Do not increase your dosage before consulting your doctor.
All prescription medications carry the risk of side effects, although usually these are mild if experienced at all. They tend to disappear after usage as the body adjusts to the treatment.
Common side effects of Seretide include headaches, thrush in the mouth or throat, aching joints and muscle pain. As said these should be mild, but you must consult your doctor immediately if any persist or grow worse.
Rare side effects include tachycardia (fast heartbeat), muscle cramps and behavioural changes (particularly in children). If you have difficulty breathing or wheezing after using the medication, or have any of the rare side effects, straight after using the inhaler you should discontinue treatment immediately. You would also need to consult your doctor straight away about any interactions you’ve had.
OnlineClinic offers the Seretide Accuhaler and Seretide Evohaler online in the UK after a free online consultation. Our team of doctors will then determine if the asthma treatment is a suitable option for you to use to prevent symptoms. If they feel the medication is an effective and safe choice, they will issue a prescription which is passed to our pharmacy. We will then dispense your medication and delivery it to you free of charge.