Asthma   COPD

How to Use Seretide

Seretide taken twice per day, everyday, will let you get on with everyday things.

Seretide Accuhaler

an easy-to-use1 device, for asthma treatment, if you prefer not to use a spacer.

Includes a dose counter so you always know when to get your next Accuhaler.

Try the Seretide Accuhaler

Click here for step-by-step online instructions

Seretide Inhaler

includes a dose counter so you always know when to get your next inhaler.

Use with a spacer

  • To coordinate pressing the inhaler and breathing in
  • To help the medicine get to the lungs
  • To reduce side effects

Click here for step-by-step online instructions

Even if you're feeling better, keep taking Seretide twice a day, every day, as prescribed by your doctor

Asthma is like an iceberg

The asthma symptoms that are obvious are the tip of the iceberg, but underwater a lot more is going on. Seretide is a daily maintenance medication that works to prevent asthma attacks and help control your symptoms so even after your symptoms have improved, itís still really important to take Seretide regularly.

  • Combining two types of medication in Seretide, Inhaled Corticosteroids and Long-Acting Bronchodilators gives control of both inflammation and airway constriction
  • Note: Seretide should not be used to relieve a sudden attack of breathlessness or wheezing. If you get this sort of attack you must use a quick acting inhaler (e.g. Ventolin), also known as a reliever puffer. Always carry your blue Ventolin® reliever inhaler with you.
  • Inhaled corticosteroids work to reduce lung inflammation. They are not the same as anabolic steroids some body-builders may use to build up their muscles and increase strength
  • It's a myth that the longer you take your medications, the more medication you'll need
  • If you feel you are getting breathless or wheezy more often than normal, or you are using your reliever inhaler more than usual, you should go to your doctor
  • Most people taking this medicine have no problems. But as with all medicines, a few people may find that it causes side effects. If you have any of the following symptoms soon after taking Seretide, STOP taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately:
    • Sudden wheeziness and chest pain or tightness
    • Swelling of eyelids, face or lips
    • Lumpy skin rash or "hives" anywhere on the body

    Also tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Headache, muscle cramps, skin rash or trembling, increase in pulse rate or irregular heartbeat

    Very rarely the person taking the medicine may feel anxious, have disturbed sleep or notice an increased irritability (mainly in children).

    Consult your doctor if you are worried about yourself or your child.

    This is not a complete list of side-effects. If you have any other unexpected effects or symptoms that you do not understand, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Click here for complete Seretide Consumer Medicine Information.

How to use your Seretide Accuhaler or MDI

Seretide Accuhaler step-by-step instructions:
Take 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose at night.

Step 1. Open

  • Holding your Accuhaler in one hand, as shown, place the thumb of your other hand on the thumb grip
  • Open your Accuhaler by pushing the thumb grip right around until it clicks
  • The mouthpiece should now be fully visible (see photo in step 2)

Step 2. Slide

  • Youíll also see the lever
  • Hold the mouthpiece towards you and push the lever away from you until it stops
  • The number in the dose-counter window will be reduced by one

Step 3. Breath out then inhale

  • Breathe out as much as possible
  • Put the mouthpiece to your lips
  • Breathe in steadily through your Accuhaler (not through your nose)
  • Remove your Accuhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds
  • Breathe out slowly
  • Rinse your mouth with water after using your Accuhaler

Step 4. Close

  • Close your Accuhaler by sliding the thumb grip back to the original position
  • This makes your Accuhaler ready to use again next time
  • The dose counter on the top of the Accuhaler shows how many doses are left to use

Step 5. Rinse mouth with water after using

Seretide Inhaler step-by-step instructions:
A spacer helps you get the most from your inhaler. It allows more medicine to get down into your lungs where it is needed.3

Step 1. Remove Cap

  • Take the cap off and shake your inhaler

Step 2. Insert inhaler

  • Place your inhaler into the spacer

Step 3. Release Medicine

  • Breathe out gently
  • Put the spacer mouthpiece between your lips and make an airtight seal
  • Hold the spacer as level as you can
  • Press the top of the inhaler down once to release Seretide into the spacer (one single puff at a time)

Step 4. Inhale normally

  • Breathe in slowly through your mouth immediately
  • With the spacer still between your lips breathe in and out normally 10 times

Step 5. Rinse mouth with water after using

  • To keep your spacer clean, wash it once a week in warm soapy water using a soft cloth. Allow to drip dry. Do not rinse or towel dry

Did you know?...

Seretide controls the inflammation in your airways to help prevent asthma symptoms long-term2.