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SERETIDE® 500 Accuhaler®

Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

(fluticasone propionate and salmeterol xinafoate)
Patient Information Leaflet

Driving and using machines
Seretide is not likely to affect your ability to drive or use machines.

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The name of your medicine is Seretide 500 Accuhaler but will be referred to as Seretide
throughout the leaflet. Other strengths of this product are also available.
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 symptoms and 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.

Seretide Accuhaler contains lactose
Seretide Accuhaler contains up to 12.5 milligrams of lactose in each dose. The amount of
lactose in this medicine does not normally cause problems in people who are lactose

3. How to use Seretide
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
• Use your Seretide every day until your doctor advises you to stop. Do not take more
than the recommended dose. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
• Do not stop taking Seretide or reduce the dose of Seretide without talking to your doctor
• Seretide should be inhaled through the mouth into the lungs.
For asthma
Adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/100 - One inhalation twice a day
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/250 - One inhalation twice a day
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/500 - One inhalation twice a day
Children 4 to 12 years of age
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/100 - One inhalation twice a day
• Seretide is not recommended for use in children below 4 years of age.
For adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Seretide Accuhaler 50/500 - One inhalation twice a day

What is in this leaflet:
1. What Seretide is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Seretide
3. How to use Seretide
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Seretide
6. Contents of the pack and other information

Your symptoms may become well controlled using Seretide twice a day. If so, your doctor
may decide to reduce your dose to once a day. The dose may change to:
• once at night - if you have night-time symptoms
• once in the morning - if you have daytime symptoms.

1. What Seretide is and what it is used for

If you are using Seretide for asthma, your doctor will want to regularly check your

Seretide contains two medicines, salmeterol and fluticasone propionate:
• Salmeterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. Bronchodilators help the airways in the lungs
to stay open. This makes it easier for air to get in and out. The effects last for at least 12
• Fluticasone propionate is a corticosteroid which reduces swelling and irritation in the
The doctor has prescribed this medicine to help prevent breathing problems such as:
• Asthma
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Seretide Accuhaler, at a dose of
50/500 micrograms, reduces the number of flare ups of COPD symptoms.
You must use Seretide every day as directed by your doctor. This will make sure that it
works properly in controlling your asthma or COPD.
Seretide helps to stop breathlessness and wheeziness coming on. However
Seretide should not be used to relieve a sudden attack of breathlessness or
wheezing. If this happens you need to use a fast-acting ‘reliever’ (‘rescue’) inhaler,
such as salbutamol. You should always have your fast-acting ‘rescue’ inhaler with

2. What you need to know before you use Seretide
Do not take Seretide:
If you are allergic to salmeterol, fluticasone propionate or to the other ingredient lactose
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before using Seretide if you have:
• Heart disease, including an irregular or fast heart beat
• Overactive thyroid gland
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes mellitus (Seretide may increase your blood sugar)
• Low potassium in your blood
• Tuberculosis (TB) now or in the past, or other lung infections
Other medicines and Seretide
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other
medicines. This includes medicines for asthma or any medicines obtained without a
prescription. This is because Seretide may not be suitable to be taken with some other
Tell your doctor if you are taking the following medicines, before starting to use Seretide:
• β blockers (such as atenolol, propranolol and sotalol). β blockers are mostly used for
high blood pressure or other heart conditions.
• Medicines to treat infections (such as ritonavir, ketoconazole, itraconazole and
erythromycin). Some of these medicines may increase the amount of fluticasone
propionate or salmeterol in your body. This can increase your risk of experiencing side
effects with Seretide, including irregular heart beats, or may make side effects worse.
• Corticosteroids (by mouth or by injection). If you have had these medicines recently, this
might increase the risk of this medicine affecting your adrenal gland.
• Diuretics, also known as ‘water tablets’ used to treat high blood pressure.
• Other bronchodilators (such as salbutamol).
• Xanthine medicines. These are often used to treat asthma.

It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions on how many inhalations to take and
how often to take your medicine.

If your asthma or breathing gets worse tell your doctor straight away. You may find
that you feel more wheezy, your chest feels tight more often or you may need to use more
of your fast-acting ‘reliever’ medicine. If any of these happen, you should continue to take
Seretide but do not increase the number of puffs you take. Your chest condition may be
getting worse and you could become seriously ill. See your doctor as you may need
additional treatment.
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 Seretide Accuhaler
properly or as prescribed may mean that it will not help your asthma or COPD as it
• The Accuhaler device holds blisters containing Seretide 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.
Using your inhaler
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Hold the Accuhaler away from your mouth, breathe out as far as is comfortable.
Do not breathe into your Accuhaler.
4. Put the mouthpiece to your lips; breathe in
steadily and deeply through the Accuhaler, 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.
5. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out, and/or brush your teeth. This
may help to stop you getting thrush and becoming hoarse.
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
As with all inhalers, caregivers should ensure that children prescribed Seretide Accuhaler
use correct inhalation technique, as described above.

Cleaning your inhaler
Wipe the mouthpiece of the Accuhaler with a dry tissue to clean it.
If you use more Seretide than you should
It is important to use the inhaler as instructed. If you accidentally take a larger dose than
recommended, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You may notice your heart beating faster
than usual and that you feel shaky. You may also have dizziness, a headache, muscle
weakness and aching joints.
If you have used larger doses for a long period of time, you should talk to your doctor or
pharmacist for advice. This is because larger doses of Seretide may reduce the amount of
steroid hormones produced by the adrenal gland.
If you forget to use Seretide
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Just take your next dose at the
usual time.
If you stop using Seretide
It is very important that you take your Seretide every day as directed. Keep taking it until
your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop or suddenly reduce your dose of Seretide.
This could make your breathing worse.
In addition, if you suddenly stop taking Seretide or reduce your dose of Seretide this may
(very rarely) cause you to have problems with your adrenal gland (adrenal insufficiency)
which sometimes causes side effects.
These side effects may include any of the following:
• Stomach pain
• Tiredness and loss of appetite, feeling sick
• Sickness and diarrhoea
• Weight loss
• Headache or drowsiness
• Low levels of sugar in your blood
• Low blood pressure and seizures (fits)
When your body is under stress such as from fever, trauma (such as a car accident),
infection, or surgery, adrenal insufficiency can get worse and you may have any of the side
effects listed above.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. To prevent these symptoms
occurring, your doctor may prescribe extra corticosteroids in tablet form (such as
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or

Rare (affects less than 1 person in 1000)
• Breathing difficulties or wheezing that get worse straight after taking Seretide.
If this happens stop using your Seretide inhaler. Use your fast-acting ‘reliever’
inhaler to help your breathing and tell your doctor straight away.
• Seretide may affect the normal production of steroid hormones in the body,
particularly if you have taken high doses for long periods of time. The effects include:
- Slowing of growth in children and adolescents
- Thinning of the bones
- Glaucoma
- Weight gain
- Rounded (moon shaped) face (Cushing’s Syndrome)
Your doctor will check you regularly for any of these side effects and make sure you are
taking the lowest dose of Seretide to control your asthma.
• Behavioural changes, such as being unusually active and irritable (these effects mainly
occur in children).
• Uneven heart beat or heart gives an extra beat (arrhythmias). Tell your doctor, but do
not stop taking Seretide unless the doctor tells you to stop.
• A fungal infection in the oesophagus (gullet), which might cause difficulties in
Frequency not known, but may also occur:
• Depression or aggression. These effects are more likely to occur in children.
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 via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the
Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Seretide
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Seretide 500 Accuhaler should be stored in a dry place below 30°C.
• Do not use Seretide 500 Accuhaler after the expiry date which is stated on the label and
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• If the product becomes discoloured or shows any other signs of deterioration, you
should seek the advice of your doctor or 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.

4. Possible side effects

6. Contents of the pack and other information

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. To reduce the chance of side effects, your doctor will prescribe the lowest dose of
Seretide to control your asthma or COPD.

What Seretide Accuhaler contains
• Each single inhalation provides a delivered dose (the dose leaving the mouthpiece)
of 47 micrograms of salmeterol (as salmeterol xinafoate) and 460 micrograms of
fluticasone propionate. This correponds to a pre-dispensed dose of 50 micrograms of
salmeterol (as salmeterol xinafoate) and 500 micrograms fluticasone propionate.
• The other ingredient is lactose (which contains milk proteins).

Allergic reactions: you may notice your breathing suddenly gets worse immediately
after using Seretide. You may be very wheezy and cough or be short of breath. You may
also notice itching, a rash (hives) and swelling (usually of the face, lips, tongue, or throat),
or you may suddenly feel your heart beating very fast or you feel faint and light headed
(which may lead to collapse or loss of consciousness). If you get any of these effects or
if they happen suddenly after using Seretide, stop using Seretide and tell your
doctor straight away. Allergic reactions to Seretide are uncommon (they affect less than
1 person in 100).
Pneumonia (infection of the lung) in COPD patients. (Common side effect)
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following while taking Seretide they could be
symptoms of a lung infection:
• fever or chills
• increased mucus production, change in mucus colour
• increased cough or increased breathing difficulties

What Seretide Accuhaler looks like and contents of the pack
• Seretide Accuhaler is a plastic inhaler device containing a foil strip with 60 blisters.
• An Accuhaler is an easy to use inhaler, which is designed to release a dose of medicine
into your lungs when you breathe in.
• The blister protects the powder for inhalation from the effects of the atmosphere.
Manufacturer and Product Licence Holder
This product is manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Production, Zone Industrielle No.2,
23 Rue Lavoisier, la madeleine, 27000, Evreux, France. It is procured from within the EU
by the Product Licence Holder: Swinghope Ltd, Commerce Way, Edenbridge TN8 6ED, UK
and repackaged by YMD Pharma Limited, Commerce Way, Edenbridge TN8 6ED, UK.

PL No: 10380/0580

Seretide 500 Accuhaler

Other side effects are listed below:

Leaflet revision date: 21/11/2017

Very Common (affects more than 1 person in 10)
• Headache - this usually gets better as treatment continues.
• Increased number of colds have been reported in patients with COPD.

Seretide® and Accuhaler® are registered trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of

Common (affects less than 1 person in 10)
• Thrush (sore, creamy-yellow, raised patches) in the mouth and throat. Also sore tongue
and hoarse voice and throat irritation. Rinsing your mouth out with water and spitting it
out immediately and/or brushing your teeth after taking each dose of your medicine
may help. Your doctor may prescribe an anti-fungal medication to treat the thrush.
• Aching, swollen joints and muscle pain.
• Muscle cramps.

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The following side effects have also been reported in patients with Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease (COPD):
• Bruising and fractures.
• Inflammation of sinuses (a feeling of tension or fullness in the nose, cheeks and behind
the eyes, sometimes with a throbbing ache).
• A reduction in the amount of potassium in the blood (you may get an uneven heart beat,
muscle weakness, cramp).
Uncommon (affects less than 1 person in 100)
• Increases in the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood (hyperglycaemia). If you have
diabetes, more frequent blood sugar monitoring and possibly adjustment of your usual
diabetic treatment may be required.
• Cataract (cloudy lens in the eye).
• Very fast heart beat (tachycardia).
• Feeling shaky (tremor) and fast or uneven heart beat (palpitations) - these are usually
harmless and get less as treatment continues.
• Chest pain.
• Feeling worried (this effect mainly occurs in children).
• Disturbed sleep.
• Allergic skin rash.

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