Seretide

Seretide is a prescription-only inhaled medication for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It comes in three separate doses with two different inhaler types. You can either choose the aerosol inhaler type or the powdered format for your Accuhaler device.
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Seretide

Seretide is a prescription-only inhaled medication for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It comes in three separate doses with two different inhaler types. You can either choose the aerosol inhaler type or the powdered format for your Accuhaler device.


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Seretide Accuhaler is a dry powder inhaler to prevent the symptoms of asthma and COPD. Seretide Accuhaler contains two medicines Fluticasone and Salmeterol. Collectively, both these medicines reduce the inflammation in the lungs and eventually open up the air passages, thereby easing up the symptoms of Asthma and COPD. 

Seretide contains two drugs, namely, Fluticasone and Salmeterol. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid while Salmeterol is the ß-agonist bronchodilator. Fluticasone reduces the inflammation and swelling in the airways while Salmeterol relaxes the airway, thus clearing up the air passage for breathing.  Seretide enables ease of breathing in asthmatic and COPD patients. However, it is essential to understand that it does not cure Asthma and COPD. 

Seretide inhalers are available in three strengths-

  • 25 µg (salmeterol) / 100µg (fluticasone propionate)
  • 25 µg (salmeterol ) / 250µg (fluticasone propionate)
  • 25 µg (salmeterol) / 500µg (fluticasone propionate)

Seretide inhalers should be taken only twice a day, morning and evening and preferably at the same time every day. Seretide Inhaler is a dry powder inhalation device that contains 28-67 pre dispensed doses in a blister. The counter on the moulded plastic body of the Seretide inhalation device will keep you updated on the number of doses left in the device.

  1. Open the Seretide inhaler and, in one hand, hold its outer case. Now push the thumb grip with the thumb of your other hand and push it to its farthest position to open a small hole in the mouthpiece. A clicking noise indicates the opening up of the mouthpiece of the inhalation device.

  2. Hold the inhaler in such a way that the mouthpiece points towards you. Simultaneously, push the again to its farthest position. A clicking sound at this stage will indicate that one dose of the spay has entered the mouthpiece.
  3. Now, hold the Seretide accuhaler away from your mouth and breathe out as much as possible. Ensure that you do not breathe into the Seretide accuhaler.

  4. Thereafter, place the mouthpiece of your Seretide accuhaler between your lips and take in a breath through your mouth. Breathe steady and deep and hold it for ten seconds after breathing in (or as long as comfortable). Afterwards, slowly breathe out.

  5. Post usage, push the thumb-grip back towards you. A clicking sound will indicate the closure of the device.
  6. Post usage, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water and spit it out. This helps to reduce side effects like hoarse voice and oral thrush.

     

People having any of the following condition should inform your doctor about it.

  • Having any heart disease or history of cardiac intervention
  • Arrhythmia
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Suffering from high blood pressure
  • Active or history of tuberculosis
  • Deficiency of potassium or magnesium
  • Eye disease
  • Osteoporosis

Children below four years of age, pregnant or breastfeeding women, people allergic to the contents of Seretide inhaler should not use it.

  • Headache and increased incidence of cold in COPD patients are the most common side effects.

  • Improper cleaning of mouth with water after using the Seretide acuhaler device may lead to an oral thrush infection. Thorough cleaning of the mouth with water will help to avoid this side effect.

  • Hoarseness of voice, irritation of the throat, stomach upset, fluctuating blood pressure, and muscle pain are some of the other side effects.

Often, Salmeterol and Fluticasone cause a reduction in the potassium levels in the body (i.e., hypokalaemia). Usage of the following medicines can further reduce the potassium levels in the body-

  • Diuretics like, bendroflumethiazide and furosemide.
  • B-2 agonists, like salbutamol
  • Corticosteroids, like prednisolone
  • Xanthine derivates, like theophylline or aminophylline

Simultaneous usage of antifungals (like ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole), antibiotics(like clarithromycin or telithromycin), anti-viral drugs (like ritonavir, telaprevir) can lead to increased blood levels of Salmeterol or Fluticasone leading to a higher risk of side effects.

Seretide accuhaler is a prescription medicine. You can buy Seretide accuhaler online. It is recommended that you always buy Seretide accuhaler online from a trusted online pharmacy like MedsNow. You can buy Seretide accuhaler from our online pharmacy, MedsNow, after getting proper medical online consultation with our experienced team of doctors and pharmacists. Alternatively, you can procure an independent prescription as well. The medication will be delivered conveniently to your doorstep. It is good to have online consultation because it will ensure that Seretide accuhaler is the correct medicine for your medical problem and you consume its appropriate dose as well.

Seretide accuhaler should be not be stored above 30°C and 25°C), away from direct heat, humidity and light. Keep the medicine out of the reach of children. Seretide accuhaler should not be used beyond its expiry date mentioned on the cartoon of the Seretide accuhaler.

Is Seretide a steroid?
Seretide contains two drugs- Fluticasone and Salmeterol. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid or commonly known as ‘steroid’. However, Fluticasone is not an ‘Anabolic steroid’ often misused by athletes to enhance their athletic performance.

What is the difference between Seretide and Ventolin?
Seretide acuhaler is a dry powder inhaler that contains two medicines, Fluticasone and Salmeterol; however, Ventolin contains one medicine Salbutamol. Though both are used to relieve asthma and COPD symptoms, studies indicate that Salmeterol is more effective and well-tolerated than Salbutamol.

What happens if you stop taking Seretide?
Donot stop using Seretide at once. Usage of Seretide should be reduced gradually or as suggested by your doctor. Abrupt stoppage in the usage of Seretide may result in worsening breathing problems and adrenal insufficiency.

Can Seretide cause weight gain?
No, usage of Seretide does not result in weight gain.

How long does it take Seretide to work?
Seretide is a long-acting inhaler and does not show its effect immediately. Seretide takes around three to seven days to effectively reduce the incidences of wheezing in an asthmatic/COPD patient.

Can you overdose on a Seretide inhaler?
Overdosing of a Seretide inhaler has not been reported. However, overdosing and the related effects of individual drugs are well known.

Is Seretide anti-inflammatory?
Fluticasone present in the Seretide is a corticosteroid that has anti-inflammatory action. Fluticasone reduces inflammation and associated swelling in the airways of the patients, thus relieving them from breathing problems.

Is Seretide addictive?
No, Seretide is not addictive. Studies have shown that inhalers are not habit-forming.

How long should a Seretide inhaler last?
Seretide is a long-acting inhaler that shows effectiveness for about 12 hours. Thus, it helps to prevent the symptoms of asthma and COPD.

Can Seretide cause palpitations?
In rare cases, patients may report palpitation on the usage of Seretide. However, these may be transient and usually subside with regular usage.

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