What is Seretide?
Seretide is an inhalation medicine that opens and protects the airways. It contains two active ingredients: fluticasone and salmeterol. Seretide makes the airways less sensitive to asthma triggers and reduces the chance of inflammation. It also makes breathing easier. Seretide is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Seretide used for?
Seretide is prescribed in patients with asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other respiratory disorders. The active ingredient salmeterol causes the muscles in the airways to relax. This allows the airways to open and makes it easier to breathe. Fluticasone makes the airways less sensitive to asthma triggers such as damp air, pet fur and smoke. It also reduces inflammation in the lungs. Seretide is used to prevent asthma symptoms such as chest tightness, coughing and shortness of breath, rather than to relieve them.
How to use Seretide
Seretide is taken by inhalation and is available as two types of inhaler devices: the Evohaler and Diskus inhaler. The Diskus is a dry powder inhaler. It comes pre-loaded with blisters containing individual doses of the medicine as a powder that you inhale. The Evohaler is a metered dose inhaler that delivers the medicine as a fine spray or mist. It is important that you hold your breath for at least 10 seconds after inhaling to keep the medicine in your lungs. Consult the package leaflet for instructions on how to use and clean your Diskus or Evohaler. To minimise the chances of side effects affecting the mouth you should rinse your mouth with water after inhaling each dose.
Seretide is available in various strengths. The exact strength and dosage regimen should be determined by a doctor. Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, the usual dose is:
- Adults and children aged four and above: one to two inhalations of the prescribed strength, twice a day.
Seretide is safe for children from 4 to 12 years, but they should only be given the lowest dose. Always follow the prescription exactly - never use more or less than the doctor recommends. Read the package leaflet before use.
This medicine may cause side effects such as:
- Thrush infection of the mouth and throat. This can usually be avoided by rinsing the mouth with water or brushing your teeth immediately after each time you use your inhaler;
- Awareness of your heartbeat (palpitations) or uncontrolled shaking movements in parts of your body (tremor);
- Muscle cramps.
Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe or persistent. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Seretide
Seretide is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to salmeterol, fluticasone or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Consult a doctor on the use of Seretide if you have health problems. This medicine may interact with other medicines such as certain beta blockers and antiviral drugs. Therefore, it is important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are taking when you order. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing Seretide with.
Seretide should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not affect your ability to drive safely.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol.