Flixotide Accuhaler

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Flixotide is used to relieve asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath. It contains a corticosteroid, which has anti-inflammatory properties, reducing inflammation in your airways and helping you breathe more easily.

What is Flixotide Accuhaler/Evohaler?

Flixotide is a medicine used to treat asthma. Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes difficulty in breathing. Symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing or chest tightness. Flixotide can help relieve and control these symptoms.

Flixotide is available on prescription only, from your doctor or pharmacist. Alternatively, we can prescribe it to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.

Flixotide is taken using an inhaler. Depending on your prescription, this will either be an Accuhaler or an Evohaler. A Flixotide Accuhaler is a spherical shaped dry powder inhaler, and a Flixotide Evohaler is an L-shaped inhaler whereby the medicine is delivered through a pressurised canister.

For more information about Flixotide, consult the patient information leaflets for Accuhaler or Evohaler.

How it works

Flixotide contains the active ingredient fluticasone propionate, a corticosteroid. Inhaled Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties, and when you use Flixotide, it will help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the lungs, helping you breathe more easily.

It’s important to know that Flixotide is a preventer medication, and should be used every day to help prevent asthma symptoms. It is not a reliever inhaler and should not be used to treat asthma attacks.

Flixotide usually takes a few days to begin working and it is very important that you use it regularly. It comes in numerous strengths - 50 micrograms, 100 micrograms, 125 micrograms, 250 micrograms and 500 micrograms.

Before you take it

You should not use Flixotide if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate or any of the other active or inactive ingredients in this medication. A full list of ingredients is contained in the patient information leaflet. If you are unsure, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. You may another medication to help prevent asthma attacks.

Flixotide is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. However, as a general rule, you should not drive while using any medication until you know exactly how it affects you.

Flixotide contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, you should not use Flixotide and should speak with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss an alternative medication.

If you are being treated or have ever been treated for tuberculosis, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Flixotide.

If you are taking steroid tablets, you must consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Flixotide. If you are taking or have just finished taking steroid tablets, you may be required to carry a steroid warning card. Ask your doctor if this is necessary.

Flixotide is only to treat asthma. It should not be taken to treat any other conditions.

If you are pregnant or become pregnant when taking Flixotide, you must go to your doctor to ask for advice. It is very important that your asthma is managed correctly during pregnancy, and you should not start or stop taking any medication without your doctor’s approval.

Flixotide may interact with some other medicines. You should exercise caution and seek medical advice where appropriate if you are also taking any of the following:

  • Medications to treat HIV such as ritonavir
  • Antiviral medications such as cobicistat which may increase the effects of fluticasone propionate
  • Antifungal medications such as ketoconazole
  • Any other medication containing corticosteroids
  • This is not an exhaustive list of warnings or interactions, and for a complete list you should consult the relevant patient information leaflet, or consult your health professional.

    Dosage Instructions

    You need to use Flixotide exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more than you have been told to. If you are in any way unsure, seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

    Make sure you have been shown how to use your Accuhaler or Evohaler, dependent on which one you have been prescribed. If you have taken the medication correctly, you will be able to taste the powder on your tongue. Children under 15 are recommended to use a spacer device with an Evohaler.

    The usual starting dose for adults and children over 16 years is 100 micrograms twice a day for mild asthma, and 250 to 500 micrograms daily for moderate to severe asthma. For children who are under 16, speak with your doctor to ascertain the correct dose.

    Your child’s height needs to be monitored by your doctor on a regular basis while they are taking Flixotide.

    You will be shown how to use the Accuhaler or Evohaler by your doctor or nurse, and on occasion they may wish to check that you are using it correctly. If you do not take your medication regularly or use your inhaler incorrectly, it may not help your asthma as well as it should.

    Do not take more of this medicine than you have been told to. If your symptoms do not improve or worsen, speak with your doctor as it may mean this medication is unsuitable for you, and you require a different type of asthma treatment.

    Common Side Effects of Flixotide

    Like all medications, Flixotide may cause side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature, and are not usually a cause for concern. However, if they are persistent, go to your doctor. Possible side effects include:

  • Oral Thrush
  • Sore tongue
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Flixotide may also cause more serious adverse effects. These are rare, but if you experience them, you should talk to your doctor or nurse. They include:

  • Thrush in the oesophagus
  • Sleeping problems
  • Joint pain
  • Increased level of blood glucose
  • Indigestion
  • Cushing’s syndrome after prolonged high doses
  • Blurred vision
  • It’s also possible to experience a severe allergic reaction after taking Flixotide. This is extremely rare, but if you are experiencing an allergic reaction this is a medical emergency and you should seek medical help immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Swelling of the face, tongue, eyelids, throat or mouth
  • Hives
  • Nettle rash
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest of throat
  • This is not a complete list of possible side effects - for a full list, you should consult the relevant patient information leaflet.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Is Flixotide suitable for children?

    Yes, providing it is taken as directed, Flixotide can be taken by children four years of age and over. Make sure you supervise them or show them how to use the inhaler. You should not administer this medicine to a child if it has not been prescribed to them. We do not prescribe any medication for anyone under 18.

    I’m pregnant. Can I use Flixotide?

    You should speak with your doctor to ascertain whether Flixotide is suitable for you if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Flixotide, you must continue taking the medication until your doctor tells you otherwise.

    What happens if I miss a dose?

    Simply take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it is nearly time for your next dose. In this case, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Never take two doses to make up for a missed dose.

    What happens if I take too much?

    You should only ever take the prescribed dose. If you have taken too much, speak with your doctor first, as your dose may need to be adjusted. If in doubt, immediately seek medical advice.

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