Flixotide Accuhaler is a plastic inhaler device containing a foil strip with blisters. Each blister contains dosage of the active ingredient fluticasone propionate (often just called steroids). Flixotide helps to prevent asthma attacks in people who need regular treatment. This is why they are sometimes called ‘preventers’. They need to be used regularly, every day.
What is Flixotide?
Corticosteroids are bodily hormones generated naturally by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids possess several essential functions plus the management of the inflammatory reactions. Fluticasone is a synthetic corticosteroid which is utilised to minimise inflammation in the lungs. Please note that Corticosteroids are usually referred to as steroids however, it needs to be known that they varied from another steroids group called anabolic.
Flixotide helps in the prevention against the attacks of asthma. In asthma attack, the airways become constrict as a result of swelling and can likewise be clogged by mucus. This on the other hand makes it complicated for air to enter and out of the lungs. Fluticasone helps to prevent asthma attacks by stopping the swelling and surplus mucus production.
It is important to note that Flixotide is only a preventer and as a result will not provide you with fast relief of your symptoms once an attack has started. Therefore, endeavour to make use of your fast-acting reliever inhaler in order to relieve asthma attack. Ask your nurse for recommendation on how to proceed in case you have asthma attack.
How to take Flixotide?
Never worry perhaps you forget to use a dose. All you need do is to take the next dose when due. As a word of caution, never take a dual dose so as to cover for the dose you missed. You can follow an asthma action plan closely provided you have consented to one with your physician
In case you feel light in the chest or become breathless prior to the due time of the next dose, use a reliever inhaler in the normal way. You ought to get relieved within a few minutes.
The medicine in Flixotide should be inhaled using a special kind of inhaler called an Accuhaler.
- Make sure that you have one and can use it properly
- Instructions on how to use the inhaler are given as a step-by-step guide
- You should be able to taste the powder on your tongue if you have taken it correctly
- It takes a few days for this medicine to work and it is very important that you use it regularly.
When you should NOT use Flixotide
- you have ever been treated for tuberculosis (TB).
- you are using Flixotide at the same time as taking steroid tablets.
Also, if you have just finished taking steroid tablets. In both cases, you should carry a steroid warning card until your doctor tells you not to carry one. If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Flixotide.
- attempt to use Flixotide in the event that you react to fluticasone propionate or any of the other constituents of the drug. A few of the symptoms of a sensitivity may include: difficulty breathing or puffing, swelling of the eyelids, face, mouth/lips, throat, tightness or chest pain, fainting, lumpy rash (“hives”) or hay fever
- take this drug after it has expired. The use of the drug after it has expired may as well not work
- attempt to use your Flixotide inhalers during pregnancy. However, the only situation to its usage under this situation is if your physician recommends it.
- attempt to take your Flixotide after the expiry date (EXP). Using it after the its expiration may as well not work.
- attempt its usage if the packaging shows indications of tampering
- hand over the drug to another person.
Do not use Flixotide if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to:
- fluticasone propionate
- lactose or milk protein
- any of the other ingredients of Flixotide (listed in Section 6).
Do not use Flixotide if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Flixotide.
- Thrush problems of the throat (oral thrush) and mouth. This can be averted by washing the mouth using water and spitting it away just after every use of your inhaler. Perhaps you have oral thrush; your physician can recommend antifungal drugs to deal with it.
Common (has effects on 1 in every 10 individuals)
- Husky voice
Very uncommon (influences lower than 1 in every 10,000 individuals)
- Joint pains.
- Increased blood sugar level (hyperglycaemia).
- Unforeseen airways narrowing.
- General steroid effects like suppression of the adrenal glands, moon-shaped face(Cushing’s syndrome), glaucoma, cataracts, disrupted growth in kids and teenagers or reduced bone mineral strength may happen, normally only after the intake of high doses for a longer time.
- Depression, anxiety or sleep disorder.
- Behavioural modifications like aggression, hyperactivity and irritability (principally in kids).
The adverse effects outlined above might not contain all of the negative effects reported by the drug’s manufacturer.
If you notice any of the following serious side effects, stop using this medicine and talk to your doctor straight away. You may need urgent medical treatment.
- allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 100 people) – the signs include skin rashes, redness, itching or weals like nettle rash or hives
- severe allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people) – the signs include swelling of your face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itchy rash, feeling faint and light headed and collapse
- your breathing or wheezing gets worse straight after using your inhaler.
Using other medicines
The types of drug listed below may interact with Flixotide:
- enzyme inhibitors (cytochrome P450)
Should you be taking Flixotide with any of the drugs or types of drug mentioned above, ensure your physician knows about it.
Breastfeeding and pregnancy
Using your inhaler correctly
Buying Flixotide online
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