FLIXOTIDE 100 MICOGRAMS ACCUHALER
Active substance(s): FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE
The product name is Flixotide™ 100
micrograms Accuhaler™, Flixotide™
250 micrograms Accuhaler™ or
Flixotide™ 500 Accuhaler™ but will be
referred to as Flixotide throughout the
leaflet. Leaflet contains information on
other strengths of Flixotide Accuhaler.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before
you start taking this medicine because
it contains important information for
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read
If you have any further questions, ask
your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for
you only. Do not pass it on to others. It
may harm them, even if their signs of
illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1 What Flixotide is and what it is used
2 What you need to know before you
3 How to use Flixotide
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Flixotide
6 Contents of the pack and other
1 What Flixotide is and what it is used for
Flixotide Accuhaler is a plastic inhaler device containing a foil strip with
60 blisters. Each blister contains 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
• A different medicine is used for treating sudden attacks (called a ‘reliever’).
• If you have more than one medicine, be careful not to confuse them.
2 What you need to know before you use Flixotide
Do not use Flixotide:
• If you are allergic to fluticasone propionate or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6).
Do not use Flixotide if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure,
talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Flixotide.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking Flixotide if:
• you have ever been treated for tuberculosis (TB).
• you are using Flixotide at the same time as taking steroid tablets. Also
if you have just finished taking steroid tablets. In both cases, you should
carry a steroid warning card until your doctor tells you not to carry one.
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor 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.
In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the
• a type of antiviral medicine known as a ‘protease inhibitor’ (such as
• medicines used to treat fungal infections (such as ketoconazole).
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor
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
If you are pregnant or are breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or
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
Flixotide contains lactose
Flixotide contains lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been told by
your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars (have
an intolerance to some sugars), talk to your doctor before using this
3 How to use Flixotide
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
Using this medicine
The medicine in Flixotide should be inhaled using a special kind of inhaler
called an Accuhaler.
• Make sure that you have one and can use it properly
• Instructions on how to use the inhaler are given as a step-by-step guide
• You should be able to taste the powder on your tongue if you have
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
• The usual starting dose is 100 micrograms twice a day.
Moderate to severe asthma
• The usual starting dose is 250 to 500 micrograms twice a day.
• The most taken should be 1000 micrograms twice a day.
Children (4 to 16 years of age)
• The usual starting dose is 50 micrograms twice a day.
• The most taken should be 200 micrograms twice a day.
Flixotide Accuhaler 250 micrograms and Flixotide Accuhaler
500 micrograms are not recommended for children 16 years and under.
It is recommended that children being treated with steroids, including
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.
Instructions for use
• Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist should show you how to use your
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.
• The Accuhaler is provided in a sealed foil wrapper. The wrapper provides
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
• The Accuhaler device holds blisters containing Flixotide as a powder.
• There is a counter on top of the Accuhaler which tells you how many
doses are left. It counts down to 0. The numbers 5 to 0 will appear in
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
treatment if your wheezing or breathing gets very bad. It is very important
that you keep to your doctor’s instructions as to how many blisters to
take and how often to use your inhaler.
Using your inhaler
1 Inside the carton, your Accuhaler is
provided in a sealed foil wrapper. To open
this wrapper, tear along the jagged edge,
then remove the Accuhaler, and throw the
wrapper away. If you have trouble tearing
the foil, do not use scissors or any other
sharp objects as you may harm yourself
or the Accuhaler. Ask someone to help
2 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 mouthpiece.
3 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 mouthpiece.
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.
4 Hold the Accuhaler away from your
mouth, breathe out as far as is
comfortable. Do not breathe into your
Accuhaler. Do not breathe in again yet.
5 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 comfortable.
Breathe out slowly.
6 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
If you use more than you should, talk to your doctor as soon as
It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist’s
label or as advised by your doctor. You should not increase or
decrease your dose without seeking medical advice.
If you forget to use Flixotide
• Take the next dose when it is due.
• Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.
If you stop using Flixotide
• Do not stop treatment even if you feel better unless told to do so by
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
4 Possible side effects
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.
• allergic reactions (may affect up to 1 in 100 people) - the signs include
skin rashes, redness, itching or weals like nettle rash or hives
• severe allergic reactions (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people) – the
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
• your breathing or wheezing gets worse straight after using your inhaler.
Other side effects include:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
• thrush in the mouth and throat
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• sore tongue or throat
• hoarseness of voice
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):
• Pneumonia and bronchitis (lung infection). Tell your doctor if you notice
any of the following symptoms: increased sputum production, change in
sputum colour, fever, chills, increased cough, increased breathing
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• thrush (candidiasis) in the oesophagus
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• sleeping problems or feeling worried, over-excited and irritable. These
effects are more likely to occur in children
• joint pains
• level of sugar (glucose) in your blood may be increased.
• the way steroids are produced by your body may be affected when
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.
Although the frequency is not known, the following side effects may also
• depression, feeling restless or nervous. These effects are more likely to
occur in children.
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if:
• after 7 days of using Flixotide your shortness of breath or wheezing
does not get better, or gets worse.
• you or your child is on high doses of inhaled steroid and become
unwell with vague symptoms such as tummy ache, sickness, diarrhoea,
headache or drowsiness. This can happen during an infection such as a
viral infection or stomach upset. It is important that your steroid is not
stopped suddenly as this could make your asthma worse and could also
cause problems with the body’s hormones.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine
5 How to store Flixotide
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children
• Do not store above 30°C
• Store in a dry place to protect from moisture
• Store in the original package
• Store the Accuhaler in the foil wrapper until you are ready to use it
for the first time. Once opened, the foil wrapper should be
• Do not use Flixotide after the expiry date which is stated on the
carton (EXP). The expiry date refers to the last day of that month
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to protect the
• If your accuhaler fails to work properly or show any signs of
deterioration, consult your doctor or pharmacist who will tell you
what to do.
6 Contents of the pack and other information
What Flixotide contains
• The active substance is fluticasone propionate
• The other ingredient is lactose monohydrate.
What Flixotide looks like and contents of the pack
Two-tone orange, circular device in moulded plastic with a dose
counter indicating 60 doses. The accuhaler is provided in a sealed
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 100, 250 or 500 micrograms fluticasone
propionate, and lactose which acts as the ‘carrier’.
The 100, 250 or 500 micrograms Flixotide packs contain
The device has a counter which tells you the number of blisters
It counts down from 60 to 0. To show when the last five blisters
have been reached, the numbers appear in red. When the counter
shows 0, your inhaler is empty and should be disposed of.
Procured from within the E.U. by the Product Licence holder:
PilsCo Ltd., 10-16 Colvilles Place, East Kilbride, G75 0SN.
Flixotide 100 micrograms Accuhaler PL 39467/0054
Flixotide 250 micrograms Accuhaler PL 39467/0055
Flixotide 500 micrograms Accuhaler PL 39467/0056
Glaxo Wellcome Production, Evreux, France.
Re-packaged by: Cross Healthcare Ltd., Unit 2a, Bandeath
Industrial Estate, Stirling, FK7 7NP.
Leaflet date: 03/04/2015
Accuhaler and Flixotide are Trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline
group of companies.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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