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1 What Flixotide is and what it is used for
Package Leaflet: Information for the user



50 micrograms,
100 micrograms,
250 micrograms,
500 micrograms

fluticasone propionate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before
you start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.

3 How to use Flixotide

Flixotide Accuhaler is a plastic inhaler device containing a foil strip with
28 or 60 blisters. Each blister contains 50, 100, 250 or 500 micrograms
of the active ingredient fluticasone propionate.
Fluticasone propionate belongs to a group of medicines called
corticosteroids (often just called steroids). A very small dose of steroid is
needed when it is inhaled. This is because it is inhaled straight to your
Flixotide works by reducing swelling and irritation in the lungs. They have
what is called an ‘anti-inflammatory action’.
Flixotide helps to prevent asthma attacks in people who need regular
treatment. This is why they are sometimes called ‘preventers’. They need
to be used regularly, every day.
Flixotide will not help treat sudden asthma attacks where you feel

Flixotide comes in four different strengths. Your doctor will have decided
which strength you need. Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor
has told you. Check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
The medicine in Flixotide should be inhaled using a special kind of inhaler
called an Accuhaler.

taken it correctly
It takes a few days for this medicine to work and it is very
important that you use it regularly
Adults and Children over 16 years of age

2 What you need to know before you use Flixotide
Do not use Flixotide:

it again.

ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6)

may harm them, even if their signs of
illness are the same as yours.
your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:

What Flixotide is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you use
How to use Flixotide
Possible side effects
How to store Flixotide
Contents of the pack and other

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking Flixotide if:

carry a steroid warning card until your doctor tells you not to carry one
or pharmacist before using Flixotide.
Other medicines and Flixotide
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken
or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without
a prescription. This includes herbal medicines. Remember to take this
medicine with you if you have to go into hospital.

or pharmacist before using Flixotide.
Using Flixotide with food and drink
You can use Flixotide at any time of day, with or without food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Flixotide Accuhaler 250 micrograms and Flixotide Accuhaler 500 micrograms
are not recommended for children 16 years and under.
Flixotide Accuhaler have their height checked regularly by their doctor.
Your doctor may give you a Flixotide Accuhaler of a higher strength if your
dose is increased.
If you are using high doses of an inhaled steroid for a long time
you may sometimes need extra steroids for example during
stressful circumstances such as a road traffic accident or before
an operation. Your doctor may decide to give you extra steroid
medicines during this time.
Patients who have been on high doses of steroids, including
Flixotide Accuhaler for a long time, must not stop taking their
medicine suddenly without talking to their doctor. Suddenly
stopping treatment can make you feel unwell and may cause
symptoms such as vomiting, drowsiness, nausea, headache,
tiredness, loss of appetite, low blood sugar level and fitting.

Flixotide contains lactose
your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars (have
an intolerance to some sugars), talk to your doctor before using this

inhaler. They should check how you use it from time to time. Not using
the Flixotide Accuhaler properly or as prescribed may mean that it will
not help your asthma as it should.
protection from moisture and should only be opened when you are
ready to use it for the first time. Once opened the foil wrapper should
be discarded.

red to warn you when there are only a few doses left. Once the counter
shows 0, your inhaler is empty.
Do not use your inhaler more often than the doctor told you to. Tell your
doctor if your medicine does not seem to be working as well as usual, as
your chest problem may be getting worse and you may need a different
Your doctor may have told you to take more than this as an emergency
that you keep to your doctor’s instructions as to how many blisters to take
and how often to use your inhaler.


wrapper. To open this wrapper, tear along the jagged edge,
then remove the Accuhaler, and throw the wrapper away.
other sharp objects as you may harm yourself or the Accuhaler.
Ask someone to help you.


To open your Accuhaler, hold the
outer case in one hand and put
the thumb of your other hand on the
thumbgrip. Push your thumb away
from you as far as it will go. You will
hear a click.
This will open a small hole in the


Hold your Accuhaler with the
mouthpiece towards you. You can
hold it in either your right or left hand.
Slide the lever away from you as far
as it will go. You will hear a click. This
places a dose of your medicine in the
Every time the lever is pulled back
a blister is opened inside and the
powder made ready for you to inhale. Do not play with the lever
as this opens the blisters and wastes medicine.


Hold the Accuhaler away from your mouth, breathe out as
far as is comfortable. Do not breathe into your Accuhaler.
Do not breath in again yet.

Instructions for use

planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this
Driving and using machines
Flixotide is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or


Children (4 to 16 years of age)

your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Flixotide.

Using your inhaler


Put the mouthpiece to your
lips; breathe in steadily and
deeply through the Accuhaler with
your mouth, not through your nose.
Remove the Accuhaler from your
mouth. Hold your breath for about
10 seconds or for as long as is


To close the Accuhaler, slide the
thumbgrip back towards you, as
far as it will go. You will hear a click.
The lever will return to its original
position and is reset.
Your Accuhaler is now ready for you to
use again.
Afterwards, rinse your mouth with
water and spit it out.

Cleaning your Accuhaler
Wipe the mouthpiece of the Accuhaler with a dry tissue to clean it.
If you use more Flixotide than you should
talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
or as advised by your doctor. You should not increase or decrease your
dose without seeking medical advice.
If you forget to use Flixotide

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occur in children
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if:
does not get better, or gets worse

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stopped suddenly as this could make your asthma worse and could also
cause problems with the body’s hormones
Reporting of side effects

doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following serious side effects, stop using
this medicine and talk to your doctor straight away. You may need
urgent medical treatment.

Flixotide 50
Flixotide 100
Flixotide 250
Flixotide 500

Reference numbers


unwell with vague symptoms such as tummy ache, sickness, diarrhoea,
headache or drowsiness. This can happen during an infection such as a

If you stop using Flixotide
Do not stop treatment even if you feel better unless told to do so by
your doctor.

4 Possible side effects

Please be ready to give the following information:

This leaflet was last revised in April 2014.

safety of this medicine.

5 How to store Flixotide

skin rashes, redness, itching or weals like nettle rash or hives
signs include swelling of your face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which
may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itchy rash, feeling faint
and light headed and collapse
Other side effects include:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

the first time. Once opened, the foil wrapper should be discarded.
carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use.
These measures will help protect the environment.

6 Contents of the pack and other information
What Flixotide contains

Problems with your mouth and throat can be reduced by doing certain
things straight after inhaling your dose. These are brushing your teeth,
rinsing your mouth or gargling with water and spitting it out. Tell your
doctor if you have these problems with your mouth or throat, but do not
stop treatment unless you are told to.
The following side effects have also been reported in patients with
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):
any of the following symptoms: increased sputum production, change in
sputum colour, fever, chills, increased cough, increased breathing problems
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
effects are more likely to occur in children

What Flixotide looks like and contents of the pack
The plastic Accuhaler device is provided in a sealed foil wrapper. The
Accuhaler contains foil strips with blisters which contain fluticasone
propionate and lactose. The blisters protect the powder for inhalation
from the effects of the atmosphere.
Each blister contains 50 micrograms, 100 micrograms, 250 micrograms
or 500 micrograms fluticasone propionate, and lactose which acts as the
The 50, 100, 250 or 500 micrograms Flixotide packs contain sixty blisters.
The device has a counter which tells you the number of blisters remaining.
been reached, the numbers appear in red. When the counter shows 0, your
inhaler is empty and should be disposed of.
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using Flixotide. This is more likely to happen if you use high doses for a
long period of time. This can cause:
- children and young people to grow more slowly
- something called ‘Cushing’s syndrome’. This happens when you have
too much steroid in your body and it can cause thinning of your
bones and eye problems (such as cataracts and glaucoma which is
high pressure in the eye)
Your doctor will help stop this happening by making sure you use the
lowest dose of steroid which controls your symptoms.

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