What is Flixotide?
Flixotide protects the airways from overstimulation. It contains the active ingredient fluticasone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid (adrenal cortex hormone). This medicine reduces hypersensitivity reactions in the lungs and decreases inflammation. Flixotide is taken by inhalation and is available as two types of inhaler devices: the Evohaler and Accuhaler inhaler. Flixotide is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Flixotide used for?
Flixotide makes the airways less sensitive to asthma triggers such as smoke, pet fur, cold air and exercise. This helps to prevent asthma attacks. Flixotide is prescribed in patients with asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other respiratory disorders. Flixotide helps prevent asthma attacks. It does not work to relieve an ongoing asthma attack. For rapid relief of an asthma attack you need to use a bronchodilator (a substance that dilates the bronchi and increases airflow to the lungs).
How to use Flixotide
Flixotide is available as a spray and powder. The Flixotide Evohaler is a metered dose inhaler that delivers the medicine as a fine spray or mist. With this inhaler you have to coordinate pressing down the canister and breathing in the spray. The Flixotide Accuhaler is a dry powder inhaler. It comes pre-loaded with blisters containing individual doses of powder medicine that you inhale. 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 your Evohaler or Accuhaler device. To minimise the chances of side effects affecting the mouth you should rinse your mouth with water after inhaling each dose. If you are also using a bronchodilator, you should use the bronchodilator first and then use your Flixotide inhaler. The bronchodilator opens up the airways, which will allow more of the active ingredient to reach your lungs.
Flixotide is available in various strengths: 50 mcg, 100 mcg, 125 mcg, 250 mcg and 500 mcg. The doctor will recommend the right variant for you depending on your symptoms. Unless otherwise advised, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- one inhalation of the prescribed dose, twice a day.
This medicine may cause side effects, including:
- Thrush infection of the mouth and throat;
- Painful tongue or sore throat;
- Hoarse voice;
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth.
When not to use Flixotide
Flixotide is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to fluticasone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have tuberculosis;
- You have a viral infection.
Flixotide should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.