FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 250 MICROGRAM EVOHALER
Active substance(s): FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE
FLIXOTIDE® 250 microgram EVOHALER®
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 250 microgram EVOHALER®
This medicine is available using either of the above names but will be referred to as
Flixotide throughout the following:
Patient Information 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.
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
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. It has what is called an
Flixotide helps to prevent asthma attacks in people who need regular treatment. This is
why it is sometimes called a 'preventer'. It needs to be used regularly, every day.
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.
Flixotide Evohaler 125 and 250 micrograms are not recommended for children below
16 years of age.
It is recommended that children being treated with steroids, including Flixotide Evohaler
have their height checked regularly by their doctor.
Your doctor may give you a Flixotide 250 microgram Evohaler 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 Evohaler 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 Evohaler properly or as
prescribed, may mean that the medicine will not help your asthma as it should.
The medicine is contained in a pressurised canister in a plastic casing with a mouthpiece.
Testing your inhaler
1 When using the inhaler for the first time, test that
it is working. Remove the mouthpiece cover by
gently squeezing the sides with your thumb and
forefinger and pull apart.
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 To make sure that it works, shake it well, point the mouthpiece away from you and press
the canister to release a puff into the air. If you have not used the inhaler for a week or
more, release two puffs of medicine into the air.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE FLIXOTIDE
Using your inhaler
It is important to start to breathe as slowly as possible just before using your inhaler.
Do not use:
• if you are allergic to fluticasone propionate or any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in section 6).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking 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, nurse 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 breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are 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.
3. HOW TO USE FLIXOTIDE
Flixotide comes in three different strengths. Your doctor will have decided which strength
you need. Always use Flixotide 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
• 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.
• If you are over 16 years of age and are on higher doses (above 1,000 micrograms
daily) you should take your medicine via the Volumatic® large-volume spacer device to
help reduce side-effects in the mouth and throat. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will
be able to advise you about this.
• Some people find it difficult to release a puff of medicine just after they start to breathe
in. The Volumatic spacer device helps to overcome this problem. Your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist will be able to advise you about this.
• It takes a few days for this medicine to work and it is very important that you use
1 Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler.
2 Remove the mouthpiece cover (as shown in the
first picture). Check inside and outside to make
sure that the mouthpiece is clean and free of
3 Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times to ensure that any
loose objects are removed and that the contents of
the inhaler are evenly mixed.
4 Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the
base, below the mouthpiece. Breathe out as far as
is comfortable. Do not breathe in again yet.
5 Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between
your teeth. Close your lips around it. Do not bite.
6 Breathe in through your mouth. Just after starting
to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister
to release a puff of medicine. Do this while still
breathing in steadily and deeply.
7 Hold your breath; take the inhaler from your
mouth and your finger from the top of the inhaler.
Continue holding your breath for a few seconds, or
as long as is comfortable.
8 If your doctor has told you to take two puffs, wait
about half a minute before you take another puff by
repeating steps 3 to 7.
9 Afterwards, rinse your mouth with water and spit
10 After use always replace the mouthpiece cover
straight away to keep out dust.
Replace the cover by firmly pushing and clicking
Practise in front of a mirror for the first few times. If
you see a ‘mist’ coming from the top of your inhaler
or the sides of your mouth you should start again.
Older children or people with weak hands may find it easier to hold the inhaler with both
hands. Put the two forefingers on top of the inhaler and both thumbs on the bottom below
the mouthpiece. If this does not help, a special device called a Haleraid® may make it
easier. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to advise you.
Cleaning your Evohaler
To stop your inhaler blocking, it is important to clean it at least once a week.
To clean your inhaler:
• Remove the mouthpiece cover.
• Do not remove the metal canister from the plastic casing at any time.
• Wipe the inside and outside of the mouthpiece and the plastic casing with a dry cloth
• Replace the mouthpiece cover.
Do not put the metal canister in water.
If you use more Flixotide than you should
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
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 your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
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
5. HOW TO STORE FLIXOTIDE
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use the expiry date printed on the carton or canister label.
• Do not store above 30°C and protect from frost and direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate.
If your inhalers get very cold, take the metal canister out of the plastic case and warm
it IN YOUR HANDS for a few minutes before use. NEVER use anything else to warm
it up. The metal canister is pressurised and should not be punctured, broken or burnt,
even when apparently empty.
• If your doctor tells you to stop using the inhaler, please take it back to the pharmacist
for safe disposal. Only keep the inhaler if your doctor tells you to.
• If your inhaler fails to work properly or shows any signs of deterioration you should
seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
• 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
What Flixotide contains
• Flixotide Evohaler delivers your medicine as an aerosol spray for you to inhale, through
your mouth, directly into your lungs where it is needed. Each puff provides
250 micrograms of the active ingredient, fluticasone propionate. It also contains a
propellant, HFA 134a.
• Flixotide Evohaler contains the same medicine as Flixotide Inhaler but may taste
slightly different because the propellant gas is different.
• Each canister provides 120 puffs.
Manufacturer and Product Licence Holder:
This product is manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Production, Zone Industrielle 2,
Rue Lavoisier 23, 27000 Evreux, France. It is procured from within the EU by the Product
Croydon CR0 4XS UK.
PL No: 10380/0490
Leaflet revision date: 11/01/2016
Flixotide® and Evohaler® Haleraid™ and Volumatic™ are registered trademarks of Glaxo
SmithKline group of companies.
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
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 young people
• 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 (e.g. 400
micrograms daily in children). This can cause:
- 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
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.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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