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FORMOTEROL 6 MICROGRAM TURBOHALER

Active substance(s): FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE

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08.07.15[13]

Oxis Turbohaler contains lactose
Oxis Turbohaler contains lactose, which is a type of sugar.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, talk to your doctor before using this medicine. The amount of
lactose in this medicine does not normally cause problems in people who
are lactose intolerant.

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 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 or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section
4.

The excipient lactose contains small amounts of milk proteins, which may
cause allergic reactions.

This medicine is available using any of the above names but will be
referred to as Oxis Turbohaler throughout this leaflet.
Also available in other strength.

Important information about your asthma or COPD symptoms
If you feel you are getting breathless or wheezy while using Oxis
Turbohaler, you should continue to use Oxis Turbohaler but go to see
your doctor as soon as possible, as you may need additional treatment.

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Oxis® Turbohaler® 6
Formoterol 6 microgram Turbohaler®
(formoterol fumarate dihydrate)

What is in this leaflet:
1. What Oxis Turbohaler is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Oxis Turbohaler
3. How to use Oxis Turbohaler
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Oxis Turbohaler
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Oxis Turbohaler is and what it is used for
Oxis Turbohaler is an inhaler. It contains a medicine called formoterol.
This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘long acting beta-agonists’ or
‘bronchodilators’.
It works by relaxing the muscles in your airways. This helps you to
breathe more easily. It starts to work within 1 to 3 minutes and the effects
last up to 12 hours.
Your doctor has prescribed this medicine to treat asthma or chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

3. How to use Oxis Turbohaler
 Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
 Do not increase the dose of Oxis Turbohaler prescribed by your doctor
without talking to your doctor first.
 If you are using Oxis Turbohaler regularly for asthma or COPD you
should continue to use your medicine, even if you have no symptoms.

Contact your doctor immediately if:

 Your breathing is getting worse or you often wake up at night with
asthma.

 You start getting chest tightness.
 You are not getting relief from your current dose.
 You need to take more than your usual dose for more than two days in
a week.

 You need to use your Turbohaler more often than usual before
exercise.
These signs could mean that your asthma or COPD is not being properly
controlled and you may need different or additional treatment
immediately.
Asthma
Oxis Turbohaler should not be used in children under 6 years of age.

Asthma
Oxis Turbohaler is used to treat asthma in adults, adolescents and
children 6 years and older. For asthma, your doctor will prescribe two
asthma inhalers: Oxis Turbohaler and a separate ‘corticosteroid’ inhaler.
These should be used together.
 Oxis Turbohaler is used to help prevent asthma symptoms from
happening.
 Some people also use Oxis Turbohaler when they need extra doses for
relief of asthma symptoms, to make it easier to breathe again.
 Oxis Turbohaler can also be used before exercise to prevent asthma
symptoms caused by exercise.

Adults (18 years and above)
 The recommended dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, once or twice a day.
 Your doctor may increase this to 4 inhalations, once or twice a day.
 Some people also use Oxis Turbohaler as a ‘reliever inhaler’. If you get
asthma symptoms, the usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations when they
happen.
 A total daily dose of more than 8 inhalations is not normally needed.
This includes the inhalations that you take every day, when you get
asthma symptoms and before exercise. However, your doctor may
allow you to take up to 12 inhalations a day. Do not use more than 12
inhalations in total in 24 hours.
 Do not take more than 6 inhalations at any one time.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Oxis Turbohaler can also be used to treat the symptoms of COPD in
adults. COPD is a long-term disease of the airways in the lungs, which is
often caused by cigarette smoking.

 The recommended dose is 2 inhalations, once or twice a day.
 Some children also use Oxis Turbohaler as a ‘reliever inhaler’. If your

2. What you need to know before you use Oxis Turbohaler
Do not use Oxis Turbohaler:
 If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to formoterol, or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Oxis Turbohaler if:
 You are diabetic. You may need some additional blood sugar tests
while you are using Oxis Turbohaler.
 You have high blood pressure or you have ever had a heart problem.
 You have problems with your thyroid gland.
 You have low levels of potassium in your blood. Your doctor may take
blood samples to check the levels of potassium in your blood.
 You have severe liver problems such as liver cirrhosis.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before using Oxis Turbohaler.
Other medicines and Oxis Turbohaler
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy
without a prescription and herbal medicines. This is because Oxis
Turbohaler can affect the way some medicines work and some medicines
can have an effect on Oxis Turbohaler.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the
following medicines:
 Beta-blocker medicines (such as atenolol or propranolol for high blood
pressure), including eyedrops (such as timolol for glaucoma).
 Medicines for a fast or uneven heart beat (such as quinidine).
 Medicines like digoxin, often used to treat heart failure.
 Diuretics, also known as ‘water tablets’ (such as furosemide). These
are used to treat high blood pressure.
 Steroid medicines that you take by mouth (such as prednisolone).
 Xanthine medicines (such as theophylline or aminophylline). These are
often used to treat asthma.
 Erythromycin (used to treat infections).
 Anti-histamines (such as terfenadine).
 Other substances that dilate the airways (bronchodilators, such as
salbutamol).
 Ephedrine (used to treat asthma or as a decongestant).
 Tricyclic anti-depressants (such as amitriptyline).
If any of the above applies to you, or if you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before using Oxis Turbohaler.
Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are going to have a general
anaesthetic for an operation or for dental work.
The addition of anticholinergics (such as tiotropium or ipratropium
bromide) to the treatment with Oxis Turbohaler, can help to open your
airways even more.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding

 If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are


planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this
medicine - do not use Oxis Turbohaler unless your doctor tells you to.
If you get pregnant while using Oxis Turbohaler, do not stop using Oxis
Turbohaler but talk to your doctor immediately.

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

How to take an inhalation
Every time you need to take an inhalation, follow the instructions below.
1. Unscrew the white cover and lift it off. You may hear a rattling sound.
2. Hold your Turbohaler upright with the turquoise grip at the bottom.
3. Do not hold the mouthpiece when you load your Turbohaler. To load
your Turbohaler with a dose, turn the turquoise grip as far as it will go
in one direction. Then turn it as far as it will go in the other direction (it
does not matter which way you turn it first). You should hear a click
sound. Your Turbohaler is now loaded and ready to use. Only load
your Turbohaler when you need to use it.
4. Hold your Turbohaler away from your mouth. Breathe out gently (as
far as is comfortable). Do not
breathe out through your
Turbohaler.
5. Place the mouthpiece gently
between your teeth. Close your
lips. Breathe in as deeply and
as hard as you can through
your mouth. Do not chew or
bite on the mouthpiece.
6. Remove your Turbohaler
from your mouth. Then
breathe out gently. The
amount of medicine that is inhaled is very small. This means you may
not be able to taste it after inhalation. If you have followed the
instructions, you can still be confident that you have inhaled the dose
and the medicine is now in your lungs.
7. If you are to take a second inhalation, repeat steps 2 to 6.
8. Replace the cover tightly after use.
Do not try to remove or twist the mouthpiece. It is fixed to your Turbohaler
and must not be taken off. Do not use your Turbohaler if it has been
damaged or if the mouthpiece has come apart from your Turbohaler.
As with all inhalers, caregivers should ensure that children prescribed
Oxis Turbohaler use correct inhalation technique, as described above.
Cleaning your Turbohaler
Wipe the outside of the mouthpiece once a week with a dry tissue. Do not
use water or liquids.
When to start using a new Turbohaler

 The dose indicator tells you how many doses are


Children and adolescents (6 to 17 years)





child gets asthma symptoms, the usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations when
they happen.
A total daily dose of more than 4 inhalations is not normally needed.
This includes the inhalations that your child takes every day, when they
get asthma symptoms and before exercise. However, your doctor may
allow your child to take up to 8 inhalations a day. Your child should not
use more than 8 inhalations in total in 24 hours.
Your child should not have more than 2 inhalations at any one time.

Your doctor (or asthma nurse) will help you to manage your asthma.
Once your asthma is well controlled your doctor may consider it
appropriate to gradually reduce the dose of Oxis Turbohaler.
Asthma caused by exercise
If you or your child have asthma symptoms caused by exercise, your
doctor may advise you or your child to use Oxis Turbohaler before
exercise as well. Oxis Turbohaler should not be used in children under 6
years of age.
Adults (18 years and above)

 The recommended dose is 2 inhalations before exercise.
 A total daily dose of more than 8 inhalations is not normally needed.



This includes the inhalations that you take every day, when you get
asthma symptoms and before exercise. However, your doctor may
allow you to take up to 12 inhalations a day. Do not use more than 12
inhalations in total in 24 hours.
Do not take more than 6 inhalations at any one time.

Children and adolescents (6 to 17 years)
 The recommended dose is 1 or 2 inhalations before exercise.
 A total daily dose of more than 4 inhalations is not normally needed.
This includes the inhalations that your child takes every day, when they
get asthma symptoms and before exercise. However, your doctor may
allow your child to take up to 8 inhalations a day. Your child should not
use more than 8 inhalations in total in 24 hours.
 Your child should not have more than 2 inhalations at any one time.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
 Only to be used by adults (aged 18 years and above).
 The recommended dose is 2 inhalations once or twice a day.
 Your doctor may advise you to take extra doses for relief of your COPD
symptoms.
 You should not have more than 8 inhalations a day.
 Do not take more than 4 inhalations at any one time.
Preparing your new Oxis
Turbohaler Inhaler
Before using your new Oxis
Turbohaler for the first time, you
need to prepare it for use as
follows.
 Unscrew the white cover and lift it
off. You may hear a rattling
sound.
 Hold your Oxis Turbohaler upright with the
turquoise grip at the bottom.
 Turn the turquoise grip as far as it will go in
one direction. Then turn it as far as it will go
in the other direction (it does not matter
which way you turn it first). You should hear
a click sound.
 Do this again, turning the turquoise grip in
both directions.
 Your Oxis Turbohaler is now ready for use.

left in the Turbohaler, starting with 60 doses when it
is full.
The dose indicator is marked in intervals of 10
doses. Therefore, it does not show every dose.
When you first see a red mark at the edge of the
indicator window, there are approximately 20 doses
left. For the last 10 doses, the background of the
dose indicator is red. When the ‘0’ on the red
background has reached the middle of the window,
you must start using your new Turbohaler.

Note:

 The grip will still twist and ‘click’ even when your
Turbohaler is empty.

 The sound that you hear as you shake your Turbohaler is produced by


a drying agent and not the medicine. Therefore the sound does not tell
you how much medicine is left in your Turbohaler.
If you load your Oxis Turbohaler more than once by mistake before
taking your dose, you will still only receive one dose. However, the dose
indicator will register all the loaded doses.

If you use more Oxis Turbohaler than you should
If you use more Oxis Turbohaler than you should, contact your doctor or
pharmacist for advice immediately. The following effects may happen:
trembling, headache or a rapid heart beat.
If you forget to use Oxis Turbohaler

 If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However,
if it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose.

 Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using Oxis Turbohaler
Do not stop using Oxis Turbohaler without talking to your doctor.
If you have any further questions on using your Turbohaler, 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 the following happens to you, stop using Oxis Turbohaler and talk
to your doctor immediately:
 Bronchospasm (tightening of the muscles in the airways which causes
sudden wheezing) after inhaling your medicine. This happens very
rarely, may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people.
Other possible side effects:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
 Palpitations (awareness of your heart beating), trembling or shaking. If
these effects occur, they are usually mild and usually disappear as you
continue to use Oxis Turbohaler.
 Headache.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

 Feeling restless or agitated.
 Disturbed sleep.
 Fast heart beat.
 Muscle cramps.

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

 Uneven heart beat.
 Nausea (feeling sick).
 Low level of potassium in your blood.
 Allergic reactions such as rash, itching and bronchospasm.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)

 Chest pain or tightness in the chest (angina pectoris).
 An increase in the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood.
 Taste changes, such as an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
 Changes in your blood pressure.
 Feeling dizzy.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side
effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
medicine.
United Kingdom - Yellow Card Scheme Website:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

5. How to store Oxis Turbohaler
 Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
 Keep this medicine below 30oC in a dry place. Replace cover properly
after use.
 Keep the cap screwed tightly onto your Turbohaler when you are not
using it. Do not use a damaged Oxis Turbohaler.
 Do not use Oxis Turbohaler after the expiry date printed on the carton
or on the side of your Turbohaler. 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 that are no
longer required. This will help to protect the environment.
 If your doctor has told you to stop taking your medicine, please return
any unused medicine to your pharmacist who will dispose them safely.
 If your inhalation powder becomes discoloured or shown any other
signs of deterioration please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Oxis Turbohaler contains
The active substance is formoterol fumarate dihydrate. Each dose
contains 6 micrograms of formoterol fumarate dihydrate of which you can
inhale 4.5 micrograms.
Your medicine also contains lactose.
What Oxis Turbohaler looks like and contents of the pack
Oxis Turbohaler is available as a multi-dose dry powder turbo inhaler with a
turquoise turning grip and a white plastic body and cover. A braille code
identification of formoterol is embossed at the bottom of the turning grip.
Each Oxis Turbohaler contains 60 actuations.
Manufacturer and Product Licence holder
Oxis Turbohaler is manufactured by AstraZeneca GmbH, 22880 Wedel,
Germany. Procured from the EU by Product Licence holder
Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1
1XD. Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.
POM

PL 20636/0921

Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref) 08.07.15[13]
Oxis and Turbohaler are trademarks of the AstraZeneca group.

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