flutiform for adults and adolescents


How does flutiform treat my asthma?

Asthma is an inflammation of the airways, which are the small tubes in your lungs that air flows through when you breathe in and out. This inflammation causes them to tighten and become smaller, making it difficult to breathe.

flutiform combines two commonly used medications for asthma in a single inhaler:

  1. fluticasone propionate - an inhaled corticosteroid (or ICS)
    Belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids, which help reduce swelling and inflammation in the airways.
  2. formoterol
    Belongs to a group of medicines called long-acting β2 agonists or long-acting bronchodilators. Long-acting bronchodilators help to relax the airways so they widen again, making it easier for you to breathe.
  3. These two medicines work together to help improve your breathing.

When should I take flutiform?

You should always take flutiform as directed by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

The usual dose is two puffs, twice a day, so putting your inhaler near your toothbrush can help you remember to use it morning and night. 

flutiform helps prevent asthma attacks but if you are having an asthma attack (characterised by breathlessness and a wheezing chest), flutiform will not help. If this happens, you will need to use a fast-acting ‘reliever’ medicine such as salbutamol (usually a blue inhaler). 


What do I do if I forget to take flutiform?

If you forget to take a dose, take the next one as soon as you remember. However, if it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as scheduled, returning to your normal routine of two puffs in the morning and at night, or as instructed by your doctor. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.

 


When and how do I prime (prepare) my flutiform inhaler?

It is important to prime (prepare) your flutiform inhaler to ensure it works properly and gives you the correct dose. There are three situations where you will need to do this: 

  1. Before the first use
  2. If you have not used the inhaler for three or more days
  3. If the inhaler has been exposed to freezing conditions.

To prime (prepare) your inhaler, follow these simple steps: 

  1. Remove the inhaler mouthpiece
  2. Shake the inhaler well
  3. Point the inhaler away from you and press down on the aerosol canister to release one puff. Repeat this step three more times until you have released four puffs in total.

How do I use my flutiform inhaler?

There are a few important steps to follow when using your inhaler:

  1. Remove the mouthpiece cover and check that the inhaler is free from dirt or dust
  2. Give the inhaler a shake
  3. While sitting or standing upright, breathe out slowly and as deeply as possible, to as far as is comfortable
  4. Hold your inhaler upright with your thumb(s) on the base of the mouthpiece and index finger(s) on the top of the inhaler
  5. Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips tight around it; do not bite the mouthpiece
  6. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth and at the same time press down on the aerosol to release one puff, continuing to breathe in steadily and deeply (ideally for about four to five seconds)
  7. While holding your breath, remove the inhaler from your mouth. Continue to hold your breath for as long as is comfortable. Do not breathe out into your inhaler
  8. For your second puff, keep the inhaler upright, then repeat the steps above
  9. Replace the mouthpiece cover.

Always rinse your mouth out, gargle with water or brush your teeth after you have taken your inhaler and spit out the residue. This may help prevent you from developing a sore mouth and throat or a hoarse voice.


Do I have to shake my flutiform inhaler?

Yes. It is important to shake your flutiform inhaler before each puff. This helps to ensure that your
medicine is well mixed


How and when do I clean my flutiform inhaler?

You should clean your flutiform inhaler once a week.

Remove the mouthpiece cover, but do not remove the aerosol canister. Wipe the inside and outside of the mouthpiece and inhaler with a clean, dry cloth or tissue then replace the mouthpiece cover. Do not put the metal canister into water.


How many puffs are there in my flutiform inhaler?

Your inhaler contains 120 puffs, for a 30-day supply. 


How does the flutiform dose counter work?

The dose counter is designed to easily show you how many doses you have left. 2

It counts down in units of 10 from 120 to 60 and features a green background. From 60 to zero it counts down in units of five. From 60 to 30, your counter will have a yellow background, and when you have fewer than 30 doses remaining (about a week's supply), the background will be red. 2


Can I use a spacer with my flutiform inhaler?

If you have trouble using your flutiform inhaler, your doctor might give you something called a spacing device, or spacer, to help make it easier. 

Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to use a spacer with your inhaler. 


How should I store my flutiform inhaler?

You should store your flutiform inhaler at normal room temperature. Do not store it above 25°C and do not refrigerate.

If your inhaler is exposed to freezing temperatures, allow it to warm up to room temperature for 30 minutes and prime it before using.

Do not use the inhaler when: 

  • The expiry date printed on the label, foil pouch and carton has been passed
  • It has been removed from the foil pouch for more than three months
  • The dose indicator reads ‘0’.

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