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FLIXOTIDE 50 MICROGRAMS ACCUHALER

Active substance(s): FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE

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S1003 Flixotide LEAFLET 20151005

Package Leaflet: Information for the user

FLIXOTIDE® 50 micrograms ACCUHALER®
(fluticasone propionate)
Your medicine is known as the above name but will be referred to
as Flixotide or Accuhaler throughout the following leaflet.

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
medicine.

By Nabeela Farooq at

Please note that information regarding other strengths of Flixotide
Accuhaler (100 micrograms, 250 micrograms and 500 micrograms)
may also be present in the below leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine because it contains important information for you.


Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.



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.

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 sure.
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-bystep 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
What is in this leaflet:
1

What Flixotide is and what it is used for

2

What you need to know before you use Flixotide

3

How to use Flixotide

4

Possible side effects

5

How to store Flixotide

6

Contents of the pack and other information

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 50 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 lungs.
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
breathless.


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

Mild 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 be discarded.



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.

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 following:


a type of antiviral medicine known as a ‘protease inhibitor’ (such
as ritonavir)



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 medicine.
Driving and using machines
Flixotide is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any
tools or machines.

The usual starting dose is 100 micrograms twice a day

Moderate to severe asthma

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 medicine.
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
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 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
mouthpiece.

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
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.



sleeping problems or feeling worried, over-excited and irritable.
These effects are more likely to occur in children



joint pains



indigestion



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:

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.
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.

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

-

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 occur:
 depression, feeling restless or nervous. These effects are more
likely to occur in children.
 nosebleeds
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:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.

If you use more than you should, talk to your doctor as soon as
possible.
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

5

HOW TO STORE FLIXOTIDE



KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.



Store in the original package. Store in a dry place to protect
from moisture.



Take the next dose when it is due.



Do not store above 30°C.



Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.



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
discareded.



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.



If the Flixotide shows any signs of deterioration or if it doesn’t
work properly, take it back to your pharmacist.



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 environment.

6

CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION

If you stop using Flixotide


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

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

What Flixotide contains


Each Flixotide Accuhaler blister contains powder for inhalation
providing 50 micrograms of the active ingredient fluticasone
propionate per actuation.



The other ingredient is lactose.

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



Peel off label from enclosed foil pouch and apply to the
Accuhaler when foil pouch is first opened.



Flixotide Accuhaler is a two-tone orange and brown coloured
circular moulded plastic device containing powder for inhalation
and with a dose counter indicating the number of doses
remaining. An Accuhaler is an easy to use inhaler which is
designed to release a dose of medicine into your lungs when
you take a breath in.



This device has a counter which counts down from 60 to 0.
Numbers 5 to 0 are red to warn you that the Accuhaler is nearly
empty. When the counter shows 0 the device is empty and
should be disposed of.



The devices are packed in cartons which hold one Accuhaler
each containing 60 inhalations.

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 problems

Product Licence Holder:

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

Procured from within the EU and re-packaged by the PL holder:
S & M Medical Ltd, Chemilines House, Alperton Lane, Wembley,
Middlesex HA0 1DX, UK.A



Manufacturer:



Bruising
thrush (candidiasis) in the oesophagus

This product is manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Operations UK,
Ltd., Priory Street, SG12 0DJ Ware – Hertfordshire, UK.
POM

PL 19488/1003

Leaflet revision date: 05 October 2015
Flixotide and Accuhaler are registered trademarks of the
GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
S1003 Flixotide LEAFLET 20151005

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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