Flixotide (Fluticasone) Accuhaler

  • Preventative Asthma Treatment
  • Active Ingredient: Fluticasone Propionate
  • Reduces Swelling, Inflammation And Irritation In The Lungs
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What is Flixotide?

Flixotide Accuhaler is a plastic inhaler device containing a foil strip with 28 or 60 blisters. Each blister contains either 50, 100, 250 or 500 micrograms of the active ingredient fluticasone propionate. Fluticasone propionate is part of a group of medicines called corticosteroids (often just called steroids) which have anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce swelling and irritation in the lungs. A very small dose of steroid is required as it is inhaled directly into the lungs.

Flixotide is referred to as a preventer inhaler, it is used regularly every day and helps to stop asthma attacks for people who need regular treatment.

This inhaler is not designed to provide quick, immediate relief for asthma attack symptoms such as wheezing or breathlessness. For this, you would require a reliever inhaler which contains a different medicine.

For more information about Asthma, click here.

How to use Flixotide?

Flixotide comes in four different strengths and the medicine should be used as prescribed by your doctor. It will take a few days for the inhaler to work and it is important that it is used regularly.

For Adults and Children over the age of 16

Mild asthma

  • The usual starting dose is 100 micrograms twice a day

Moderate to severe asthma

  • The usual starting dose is 250 to 500 micrograms twice a day- The most that should be taken is 1000 micrograms twice a day

Side effects and precautions

  • sore throat and oral thrush- Gargling water after inhaling the medication can help to alleviate these symptoms

If any other side effects should arise from using Flixotide, please consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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Asthma is a long- term inflammatory lung condition that causes difficulty breathing. It is a common ailment that affects people of all ages and often begins during childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There is currently no cure for asthma but there are simple treatments that can help control the symptoms so that it does not have a big effect on your day to day life.

The main symptoms of asthma are:

● Wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)

● Breathlessness

● A tight chest, which can often feel like a band is being tightening around it

● Coughing

At times these symptoms can intensify, and this is known as an asthma attack. As there are other conditions that can have similar symptoms to an asthma attack, it is important to get a correct diagnosis so that you can receive the appropriate treatment. Consult your GP as they will be able to carry out some simple tests based on your symptoms.

Asthma self-assessment tool


The main types of treatment for asthma are

● Reliever inhalers – these are used when needed to provide quick relief from asthma symptoms (salbutamol)

● Preventer inhalers (steroid) – these are used every day for the prevention of asthma symptoms

● Additional medication- Some people may also need to take tablets to manage their symptoms

Causes and triggers
Asthma occurs when the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs become inflamed and they begin to swell. The swelling causes the tubes to become highly sensitive and they temporarily narrow. This can occur without any triggers but there are common causes which include:

● Allergies – these can include house dust mites, animal fur or pollen

● Smoke, pollution and cold air

● Exercise

● Infections such as colds or flu

By Identifying your asthma triggers, you can know what to avoid and this can help you keep your symptoms under control.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets


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 (may affect up to 1 in 100 people) – the signs include skin</p >

rashes, redness, itching or weals like nettle rash or hives

• severe allergic reactions (may affect up to 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

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Other side effects include:

Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)

• thrush in the mouth and throat</p >

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

• sore tongue or throat

• hoarseness of voice

Problems with your mouth and throat can be reduced by doing certain things straight

after inhaling your dose. These are brushing your teeth, rinsing your mouth or

gargling with water and spitting it out. Tell your doctor if you have these problems

with your mouth or throat, but do not stop treatment unless you are told to.

The following side effects have also been reported in patients with Chronic

Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):

• Pneumonia and bronchitis (lung infection). Tell your doctor if you notice any of

the following symptoms: increased sputum production, change in sputum

colour, fever, chills, increased cough, increased breathing problems

• Bruising

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

• thrush (candidiasis) in the oesophagus

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)

• sleeping problems or feeling worried, over-excited and irritable. These effects are

more likely to occur in children

• joint pains

• indigestion

• level of sugar (glucose) in your blood may be increased

• the way steroids are produced by your body may be affected when using Flixotide.

This is more likely to happen if you use high doses for a long period of time. This

can cause:

– children and young people to grow more slowly

– something called ‘Cushing’s syndrome’. This happens when you have too

much steroid in your body and it can cause thinning of your bones and eye

problems (such as cataracts and glaucoma which is high pressure in the eye)

Your doctor will help stop this happening by making sure you use the lowest dose

of steroid which controls your symptoms.

Although the frequency is not known, the following side effects may also occur:

depression, feeling restless or nervous. These effects are more likely to occur in



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