- Preventer Inhaler
- Contains corticosteroid
- Helps to control asthma
NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.
Flixotide Inhaler Online
Flixotide contains Fluticasone propionate, which belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids (often just called steroids). A very small dose of steroid is needed when it is inhaled. This is because it is inhaled straight to your lungs. Flixotide works by reducing swelling and irritation in the lungs. They have what is called an ‘anti-inflammatory action’. Flixotide helps to prevent asthma attacks in people who need regular treatment. This is why they are sometimes called 'preventers'. We also offer other preventers such as Clenil, Pulmicort and Qvar. They need to be used regularly, every day. Flixotide will not help treat sudden asthma attacks where you feel breathless.
A different medicine is used for treating sudden attacks (called a ‘reliever’). If you have more than one inhaler, be careful not to confuse them. We stock the following relievers: Ventolin, Salbutamol, and Salamol.
What is Flixotide?
Flixotide is a steroid inhalation device used in the treatment of Asthma to help aid in decreasing symptom exacerbation. Flixotide is a preventer device and should be used regularly for maximum benefit.
Symptoms commonly associated with Asthma are wheezing, shortness of breath and gasping for air. The active ingredient in Flixotide is Fluticasone propionate.
How does Flixotide work?
Inhaling steroids such as Fluticasone work by decreasing inflammation in your airways as well as decreasing the hyper-reactive response to allergens hence reducing symptoms.
How do you take Flixotide?
Use Flixotide twice daily, it should be used every day to gain maximal benefit. Ideally, try to use it 12 hours apart and roughly the same time each day.
How long does it take for Flixotide to start working?
You should see an improvement in symptoms after 7 to 14 days.
Can I use Flixotide as a reliever?
No, Flixotide is a preventer. It should be used regularly as prescribed to help prevent asthma attacks.
Is Flixotide a preventer?
Yes, it is a preventer inhaler, which means you need to take it every day regardless of your symptoms.
Should I rinse my mouth out after using Flixotide?
Yes, as it is a steroid inhaler there is a chance you can develop oral infections if some of the steroid is left in your mouth. To minimise this you should rinse out your mouth after use.
I have been asked to use two puffs, how long should I wait between each one?
Ideally, try to wait half a minute to one minute between puffs.
Side Effects of Flixotide
As with all medications, there are some side effects, although not everybody gets them. Some of the sides effects associated with Flixotide are:
- oral infections
- hoarseness of voice
- sore throat
- sore tongue
A full list of side effects can be seen in the patient information leaflet and it is always advised you read this prior to taking any medication.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
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