Always use your inhaler as prescribed by your doctor. Follow these simple steps to ensure your inhalation is successful:
1. Open the Seretide inhaler and hold its outer case in one hand. Use the thumb of your other hand to push the thumbgrip as far away from you as you can to open a small hole in the mouthpiece. You will hear a clicking noise.
2. Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece pointing towards you and slide the lever as far back as possible. You will hear a click as one dose of the spray enters the mouthpiece.
3. Hold the Seretide accuhaler away from you and breathe out as far as you can comfortably do so. Make sure you do not breathe into your accuhaler.
4.Take the mouthpiece between your lips and breathe in through your mouth. Take a steady and deep breath. Hold your breath for ten seconds after breathing in (or as long as comfortable), then breathe out slowly.
5. Rinse your mouth with plenty of water and spit it out - this helps reduce side effects such as a hoarse voice and oral thrush.
Slide the thumb-grip back towards you to close the accuhaler. You will hear a click.
How often do I need to use Seretide?
Your doctor will advise you on how often you need to use your Seretide inhaler. The usual dosage consists of one inhalation taken twice per day. You should inhale your medication in the morning and the evening, ideally at the same time every day. If your symptoms improve, your doctor may recommend that you reduce the dosage to once a day. Do not change the frequency of inhalations without your doctor’s recommendation. If your symptoms get worse you need to speak to your doctor who will check whether your medication needs to be adjusted.
If you forget to take a dose just continue your treatment taking the next dose at the correct time. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the one you have missed.