Using a Seretide inhaler is easy, as you can load the dose before taking the inhaler. This means you are able to breathe in the dose straight from the inhaler. When using your Seretide inhaler, follow these easy steps:
- Use your thumb to push the outer case around so that you can see the mouthpiece. You will hear a click when the mouthpiece is open.
- Hold the accuhaler with the mouthpiece facing you and slide the lever away from you until you hear a click. This means the dose is ready.
- Whilst holding the accuhaler in your hand, take a long breath out.
- Put the accuhaler mouthpiece between your lips and breathe in deeply through your mouth.
- Take out the accuhaler and hold your breath for 10 seconds, or as close to this as you can.
- Breathe out slowly.
- Rinse your mouth with mouthwash, water, or brush your teeth after using your inhaler. This will help to stop some common side effects, such as thrush.
- Close and store the accuhaler somewhere safe. Do not slide the lever unless you are taking your medication, as you may waste a dose.
When should I use my inhaler?
You should always use your Seretide accuhaler daily, as this will give you the best effect from the medications. If you use it 2 times a day, take it in the morning and evening. Only use your inhaler as prescribed and never take a double dose if you forget to take your medication.
How often can I use my Seretide inhaler?
You can use your Seretide inhaler as often as prescribed, which is usually twice a day as a ‘preventer’ inhaler. If you have symptoms, you should use your ‘reliever’ inhaler.
How many puffs of Seretide is safe?
The usual dosage of Seretide is 2 puffs a day. If you take a larger dose than you need, you may have some side effects such as dizziness, shaking, or a fast heartbeat. Speak with your doctor if you have taken too many puffs.
How long does my Seretide inhaler last?
Seretide inhalers are loaded with either 28 or 60 puffs. If you are prescribed your Seretide inhaler twice a day, with 1 puff each time, you will have 14 to 30 days of use, depending on which inhaler you have. Your Seretide accuhaler will have a counter which lets you know how many doses you have. When the numbers turn red, this means you have 5 puffs left.
How to maintain your Seretide inhaler
To maintain your Seretide Inhaler, so it works when you need it to, you need to clean it once a week. To clean, simply wipe around the mouthpiece with a dry tissue or cloth. Do not use water, or a damp cloth, as the dry powder is sensitive to moisture. If it does get wet, you may need to replace it.
How to store your Seretide inhaler
When storing your Seretide inhaler make sure to:
- keep away from hot places (above 30C)
If your Seretide inhaler has expired, do not throw it away in your usual waste bin. Speak to a pharmacist about where you can recycle or throw away your inhaler, as it may still contain medication.
- not use after the expiry date
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