What is Seretide?
Seretide is an inhaler treatment for asthma. It is a “preventer” inhaler - when used regularly, it helps to stop breathlessness and wheezing from occurring, but it should not be used to relieve a sudden asthma attack. If this happens you need to use a fast-acting “reliever” inhaler, such as salbutamol.
Seretide’s active ingredients are salmeterol and fluticasone propionate and it is a prescription only medication. We can prescribe Seretide to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.
For more information, consult the patient information leaflet.
How it works
Salmeterol works by dilating the bronchi and bronchioles, decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway and increasing airflow to the lungs. This makes it easier for air to get in and out. Fluticasone propionate is a steroid, which reduces inflammation, swelling and irritation in the lungs.
Before you take it
Do not use Seretide if you are allergic to salmeterol, fluticasone propionate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. A full list of ingredients is available in the patient information leaflet.
Patients who suffer with any type of heart or cardiovascular problems, or have any type of condition that affects their blood pressure, should speak with their doctor before using Seretide. This is because some research has suggested that asthma inhalers may increase the risk of some cardiovascular diseases. An alternative treatment might be more appropriate.
If you have any conditions that affect your lungs, like tuberculosis, or your thyroid gland, you must speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Seretide.
Seretide may interact with other medicines and may cause them to work less effectively. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines and, in particular the following:
- Beta blockers, such as atenolol
- Medicines to treat infections, such as ketoconazole and erythromycin
- Xanthine medicines, often used to treat asthma
This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions. For a complete list, consult the patient information leaflet.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Never exceed the recommended dose.
Seretide should be used every day and should be continued until your doctor advises otherwise. The dosage you take will depend on how much you need to control your asthma, but most patients will be prescribed a dosage of one or two puffs twice each day.
If you notice that your asthma symptoms get worse, tell your doctor straight away. You should continue to use Seretide, but consult your doctor as you may need additional or alternative treatment.
Instructions for how to use the inhaler device is available in patient information leaflet.
Common Side Effects of Seretide
Like all medicines, Seretide may cause side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature, however, if they concern you, you should go to your doctor. Common side effects include:
- Thrush in the mouth and throat
- Muscle cramp
More rare side effects can occur and if you experience any of the following, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
- Chest pain
- Cataracts (cloudy lens in the eye)
- Very fast heartbeat
- A fungal infection
- Breathing difficulties or wheezing that gets worse straight after taking Seretide
Seretide may alter the normal levels of steroid hormones in the body, especially if high doses are taken over prolonged periods of time. Serious side effects may occur as a result, so if you experience glaucoma, thinning of bones or noticeable unintended weight gain, talk to your doctor.
Seretide may also cause an allergic reaction. This is rare, but if you experience an allergic reaction you should immediately seek medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may involve:
- Becoming short of breath
- Swelling or irritation of the face
This is not a complete list of side effects. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What happens if I use more Seretide than I should?
It is important to use the inhaler as instructed. If you accidentally take a larger dose than recommended, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. It may mean that you experience more frequent, or more serious side effects, including a faster heartbeat, dizziness or weakness.
What do I do if I forget to use Seretide?
It is important to use Seretide regularly to properly control your symptoms. If you forget to use it, do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Just take your next dose at the usual time.
What happens if I stop using Seretide?
You should not stop using Seretide unless your doctor has advised you to. If you stop using Seretide, your asthma symptoms may not be controlled. This can cause breathing difficulties, wheezing and, in severe cases, an asthma attack.
Can I use this medication while pregnant?
You should continue to take your asthma inhalers as normal during pregnancy, but ensure that you are monitored by your GP regularly and report any changes in your symptoms.