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Fostair is a pink asthma inhaler, and can be used as both a reliever and preventer inhaler. Fostair can be used daily to prevent asthma symptoms, and can also be used to relieve the symptoms of asthma when they happen. It works by relaxing the muscles in your airways, while also reducing swelling and inflammation.
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Fostair is a pressurised inhaler, sometimes called a puffer, used to treat asthma. It is a combination inhaler with 2 medicines – beclomethasone dipropionate (a steroid) and formoterol fumarate dihydrate (which opens your airways).
The 2 medicines help to relax the muscles in the airways, and reduce inflammation and swelling. Fostair is a pink inhaler that is prescribed to adult asthma patients who need more medication than a reliever (or blue inhaler) alone.
When it is used daily, Fostair can be used as a preventer inhaler to reduce symptoms in the long term. Sometimes it is also prescribed to be used as a reliever inhaler.
The Fostair inhaler is also used to treat the symptoms of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. COPD is a long term condition, often caused by smoking.
Is Fostair a steroid?
Yes, Fostair contains beclomethasone dipropionate, a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are an anti-inflammatory medicine and used to treat inflammatory conditions, like asthma. It also contains another ingredient to open up the airways, so it has a dual action.
What is the difference between Seretide and Fostair?
Seretide and Fostair are both examples of combination inhalers because they both contain 2 active medicines, which work differently to help treat your asthma or COPD. However, the active ingredients they contain are different.
Fostair contains a corticosteroid called ‘beclomethasone dipropionate’ and a long-acting bronchodilator called ‘formoterol fumarate’. Seretide contains a corticosteroid called ‘fluticasone propionate’ and a long-acting bronchodilator called ‘salmeterol’. Even though the active ingredients are different, both types of inhalers work in the exact same way.
The Fostair Inhaler contains 2 active ingredients that work together to relieve and prevent asthma symptoms. One active ingredient is beclomethasone dipropionate, which is a corticosteroid and reduces swelling and inflammation in the airways.
The other active ingredient is formoterol fumarate dihydrate, which is a long acting bronchodilator and works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, making it easier to breathe. It can be prescribed to prevent or relieve asthma symptoms.
How it works to prevent asthma symptoms
If you are using Fostair to prevent asthma symptoms, you will use the inhaler every day to treat asthma alongside a separate reliever inhaler to treat symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath when they become worse.
How it works to relieve asthma symptoms
If you are prescribed Fostair for use as a reliever, you will use it every day to prevent and also treat sudden symptoms, like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Remove the protective cap from the mouthpiece. Check the mouthpiece is clean and free from foreign objects including dust and dirt.
- Breathe out slowly and deeply.
- Hold the canister vertically so the body is pointing upwards.
- Place lips around the mouthpiece – do not bite it.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth.
- Just after you start to breathe, press down firmly on the top of the inhaler to release one puff, while continuing to take a deep breath in.
- Hold your breath for as long as possible and remove the inhaler from your mouth and breathe out slowly.
- Do not breathe into the inhaler.
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How to maintain your Fostair inhaler
- remove the protective cover from the mouthpiece
- wipe the inside and outside of the mouthpiece using a clean, dry cloth or tissue
- replace the protective mouthpiece cover
How to store your Fostair inhaler
Can I get Fostair online?
- Complete our short online medical assessment.
- One of our doctors will review your responses and decide whether it is safe and appropriate to prescribe Fostair to you.
- If it is, then you can choose to have your treatment posted to an address of your choice or you can arrange to collect it from a local Superdrug store.
Can I get Fostair over the counter?
Can I get Fostair on the NHS?
- fungal infections in the mouth and throat
- hoarse voice
- sore throat
- abnormal taste
- asthma attack
- burning lips
- changes to blood test results, like low white blood cells, increased platelets, increased blood sugar levels, increase in insulin, ketones, or free fatty acids.
- cough or productive cough
- difficulty swallowing
- excessive sweating
- flu-like symptoms
- inflamed sinuses
- irritated throat
- reddening of the face
- unusually fast heartbeat
- vaginal fungal infections
- tightness in the chest
- feeling like you missed a heartbeat
- high or low blood pressure
- kidney inflammation
- swelling of the skin and mucous membranes
- worsening of asthma
- shortness of breath
- swollen hands and feet
- skin allergies
- skin itching
- rash or reddening of the skin
- swelling of your eyes, face, lips, or throat.
Can you overdose on Fostair?
- heart palpitations
- increased heart rate
- changes in heart rhythm
- feeling sleepy
- low blood potassium levels
- high blood sugar levels
Does Fostair cause weight gain?
- an abnormal heart rhythm
- high blood pressure
- depression or mental health disorders
- nausea and sickness (vomiting)
- Parkinson’s disease
- an underactive thyroid gland
- heart disease
- water retention
- alcohol dependence
- high blood pressure
- abnormal heart rhythms
- heart failure
Side effects of long term use
- adrenal suppression – a problem affecting how your adrenal glands work
- glaucoma – increased pressure in the eyes
- growth retardation – slowed growth in children and adolescents
- thin bones – reduction in bone mineral density
Dr Draper studied at the University of Oxford and finished her training to become a doctor at University College London, with a special interest in innovation in medicine, online and digital medicine, improving access to healthcare and reducing inequalities in health and well-being.
Last reviewed on: 13/07/21