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SOLTEL CFC-FREE INHALER 25 MICROGRAMS PER ACTUATION PRESSURISED INHALATION SUSPENSION
Active substance(s): SALMETEROL XINAFOATE / SALMETEROL XINAFOATE / SALMETEROL XINAFOATE
Soltel CFC-free Inhaler 25 micrograms per actuation pressurised inhalation, suspension
salmeterol (as xinafoate)
The name of this medicine is Soltel CFC-free Inhaler 25 micrograms per actuation pressurised
inhalation, suspension which will be referred to as Soltel Inhaler throughout this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using 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, asthma nurse or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. 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, asthma nurse or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Soltel Inhaler is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Soltel Inhaler
3. How to use Soltel Inhaler
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Soltel Inhaler
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT SOLTEL INHALER IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Soltel Inhaler contains the medicine salmeterol. It is a ‘long-acting bronchodilator’. It helps the
airways in the lungs to stay open. This makes it easier for air to get in and out. The effects can
usually be noticed within 10 to 20 minutes and last for 12 hours or more.
The doctor has prescribed Soltel Inhaler to help prevent breathing problems. These could be
caused by asthma. Taking Soltel Inhaler regularly will prevent asthma attacks including asthma
brought on by exercise or at night.
Taking Soltel Inhaler regularly will also help prevent breathing problems caused by other chest
illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Soltel Inhaler helps to stop breathlessness and wheezing coming on. It does not work once you
are breathless or wheezy. If that happens, you need to use a fast-acting ‘reliever’ medicine, such
Your medicine is supplied to you in an inhaler. You breathe the medicine through your mouth
directly into your lungs.
Soltel Inhaler contains norflurane and does not contain any chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
Norflurane-containing inhalers are less harmful to the environment than older CFC-containing
inhalers. Soltel Inhaler may taste differently to older CFC-containing inhalers. This will make
no difference to how your medicine works.
If you are being treated for asthma, you should always be given both a Soltel Inhaler and a
steroid inhaler (or rarely steroid tablets) to use together. Both inhalers must be used regularly.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE SOLTEL INHALER
Do not use Soltel Inhaler
If you are allergic to salmeterol xinafoate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed
in section 6).
If you are allergic to peanut or soya, do not use Soltel Inhaler as it contains soya lecithin.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Soltel Inhaler
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, do not increase your number of puffs of
Soltel Inhaler. Your chest condition may be getting worse and you could become seriously ill.
See your doctor or asthma nurse as you may need a change in asthma treatment.
Once your asthma is well controlled your doctor may consider it appropriate to gradually reduce
the dose of Soltel Inhaler.
If you have been prescribed Soltel Inhaler for your asthma, continue to use any other asthma
medication you are already taking including your steroid inhaler or steroid tablets. Continue
taking the same doses as before, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Do this even if you feel
much better. Do not stop using your steroid inhaler (or taking any steroid tablets) when
you start using Soltel Inhaler.
Your doctor may want to check your health more regularly if you have an overactive thyroid
gland, heart disease, including an irregular or fast heartbeat, or diabetes mellitus (as salmeterol
may increase your blood sugar). If you have diabetes your doctor may want to monitor your
blood sugar more frequently than usual and may need to adjust the treatment you take for your
Other medicines and Soltel Inhaler
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or asthma nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
other medicines, including asthma medicines and any inhalers, and including medicines obtained
without a prescription. This is because Soltel Inhaler may not be suitable to be taken with other
Please inform your doctor or asthma nurse before using Soltel Inhaler, if you are currently being
treated for any fungal infections with medicines containing ketoconazole or itraconazole, or if
you are being treated for HIV with ritonavir. These medicines may increase the risk of you
experiencing side effects with salmeterol, including irregular heart beats, or may make side
Beta blockers should be avoided when using Soltel Inhaler, unless your doctor tells you to take
them. Beta blockers, including atenolol, propranolol and sotalol, are mostly used for the
treatment of high blood pressure or other heart conditions. Please tell your doctor or asthma
nurse if you are taking β blockers or have recently been prescribed β blockers as they may
reduce or abolish the effects of salmeterol.
Salmeterol can reduce the amount of potassium in your blood. If this happens, you may notice
an uneven heartbeat, muscle weakness or cramp. This is more likely to happen if you use
salmeterol with some medicines used to treat high blood pressure (diuretics) and other
medicines used to treat breathing problems such as theophylline or steroids. Your doctor may
ask you to have blood tests to check the amount of potassium in your blood from time to time. If
you have any concerns discuss them with your doctor or asthma nurse.
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 or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
The possible side effects associated with Sol tel Inhaler are unlikely to affect your ability to drive or
3. HOW TO USE SOLTEL INHALER
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
If you are being treated for asthma, you should always be given both a Soltel Inhaler and
a steroid inhaler to use together.
Use Soltel Inhaler every day until your doctor advises you to stop.
You will start to feel your medicine working within the first day of use.
Soltel Inhaler should be inhaled through the mouth.
Dosage for adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with asthma
The usual starting dose is 2 puffs twice a day.
If you have more severe asthma, your doctor may increase your dose to 4 puffs twice a day.
Dosage for children with Asthma
In children aged 4 to 12 the usual dose is 2 puffs twice a day.
Soltel Inhaler is not recommended for use in children below 4 years of age.
The safety and efficacy of Soltel Inhaler have not been demonstrated in children. Therefore Soltel
Inhaler should not be used in children 4 years of age and younger.
Dosage for adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including bronchitis and
The usual starting dose is 2 puffs twice a day.
Not for use in children and adolescents.
Instructions for use
Your doctor, asthma nurse or pharmacist should show you how to use your inhaler. They should
check how you use it from time to time. Incorrect use, not using the inhaler as prescribed or not using
it as described in this Leaflet, may mean that the medicine will not work as it should and so will not
help your asthma or COPD.
The medicine is contained in a pressurised canister in a plastic casing with a mouthpiece.
Testing your inhaler
When you use the inhaler for the first time you should test if it works properly.
1. Remove the mouthpiece cover by gently pressing the sides with your thumb and index finger.
2. Shake the inhaler, point the mouthpiece away from you and press the canister twice to release two
puffs into the air. If you have not used the inhaler for a week or more or if you have cleaned the
inhaler, you should release one puff into the air.
Using you inhaler
You should either stand up or sit upright when using the inhaler.
Remove the mouthpiece cover. Check the mouthpiece inside and outside to see that it is clean
Shake the inhaler well before use (figure 2) 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.
5. Breathe out as far as is comfortable (figure 3).
6. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth and close your lips around it but do not
bite it (figure 4).
7. Just after starting to breathe in as slowly as you can through your mouth, press down on top of
the inhaler to release a puff into your mouth while still breathing in steadily and deeply
8. While holding your breath, take the inhaler from your mouth and take your finger from the top of
the inhaler. Continue holding your breath for as long as is comfortable (figure 5).
9. If you are to take a second puff, wait about half a minute before repeating steps 3 to 8.
10. After use always replace the mouthpiece cover to keep out dust and fluff. The mouthpiece cover
is replaced by firmly pushing and snapping it into position.
Practise in front of a mirror the first few times. If you see ‘mist’ coming from the top of your inhaler
or the sides of your mouth you should start again.
If you find it difficult to use the inhaler, a Volumatic® spacer device may help to overcome this
problem. Contact your doctor, asthma nurse or pharmacist. If you do need to use the Volumatic ®
spacer device, please refer to the instruction leaflet provided with the spacer device, which includes
all the information you need to use the spacer correctly.
If the inhaler gets very cold, take the metal canister out of the plastic case and warm it in your hands
for a few minutes. Never use anything else to warm it up. After warming up the inhaler, spray one
puff in the air before use.
Cleaning your inhaler
To prevent your inhaler from getting blocked up it should be cleaned at least once a week.
Cleaning your inhaler:
Remove the mouthpiece cover.
Do not remove the canister from the plastic casing at any time.
Wipe the inside of the mouthpiece and the plastic casing with a dry cloth or tissue.
Release one puff into the air before next using the inhaler to test the inhaler.
Replace the mouthpiece cover.
Do not put the metal canister into water.
If you use more Soltel Inhaler than you should
It is important to use the inhaler as instructed. If you accidentally take a larger dose than
recommended you should contact your doctor, asthma nurse or pharmacist. You may notice your heart
beating faster than usual and that you feel shaky and/or dizzy. You may also have a headache, muscle
weakness and aching joints.
If you forget to use Soltel Inhaler
If you forget to use your inhaler you should take the next dose when it is due. Do not take a double
dose to make up for a dose you have forgotten.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, asthma nurse or
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Soltel Inhaler can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. To reduce
the chance of side effects, your doctor will prescribe the lowest dose of Soltel Inhaler to control your
asthma or COPD. The following side effects have been reported by patients using salmeterol.
Allergic reactions: you may notice that your breathing suddenly gets worse after using
salmeterol. You may experience:
Wheezing or coughing.
Rash, itching, swelling (usually of the face, lips, tongue or throat).
If you experience any of these side effects or if they occur suddenly after using salmeterol you should
tell your doctor immediately. These reactions to salmeterol are very rare (may affect up to 1 in
Other side effects are:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Feeling shaky, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations), headache, shaking hands (tremor).
Tremors are more likely to occur if you are taking more than two puffs twice daily. These side
effects do not last long and occur less as treatment with salmeterol continues.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Very fast heart rate (tachycardia). This is more likely to occur if you are taking more than two
puffs twice daily.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Difficulty in sleeping (insomnia).
A fall in the amount of potassium in the blood (you may notice an irregular heartbeat, muscle
weakness and/or muscle cramps). Your doctor may ask you to have blood tests to check the
amount of potassium in your blood from time to time. If you have any concerns discuss them
with your doctor or asthma nurse.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Breathing difficulties or wheezing that gets worse straight after using Soltel Inhaler. If this
happens stop using your Soltel Inhaler. Use your fast-acting ‘reliever’ inhaler to help your
breathing and tell your doctor straight away.
Irregular heartbeat or your heart gives an extra beat (arrhythmia). If this happens do not stop
using Soltel Inhaler but tell your doctor or asthma nurse.
An increase in the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood (hyperglycaemia). If you have
diabetes your doctor may want to monitor your blood sugar more frequently than usual and may
need to adjust the treatment you take for your diabetes.
Sore mouth or throat
Feeling sick (nausea).
Aching, swollen joints.
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
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE Soltel INHALER
Keep this medicine out of sight and reach of children.
Store below 30 C.
Do not freeze.
This canister contains a pressurised liquid. Do not expose to temperatures higher than 50 C.
Do not puncture, break or burn the canister, even when apparently empty.
Do not use Soltel Inhaler after the expiry date which is stated on the label and the carton after the
letters EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Soltel Inhaler contains
The active substance is salmeterol (as xinafoate).
Each metered dose (ex-valve) contains 25 micrograms salmeterol (as xinafoate). This is
equivalent to a delivered dose (ex-actuator) of 21 micrograms salmeterol (as xinafoate).
The other ingredients are anhydrous ethanol, soya lecithin (E322) and norflurane (HFA 134a).
What Soltel Inhaler looks like and contents of the pack
Soltel Inhaler is a mid-green inhaler holding an aluminium canister with a pale green mouthpiece
cover. Each canister contains 120 actuations, each actuation containing 25 micrograms salmeterol (as
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer:
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Cipla (EU) Limited, Dixcart House, Addlestone Road, Bourne
Business Park, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2LE, United Kingdom
Cipla (EU) Limited, Dixcart House, Addlestone Road, Bourne Business Park, Addlestone, Surrey,
KT15 2LE, United Kingdom
Cipla Europe NV, De Keyserlei 58-60 bus 19, Antwerpen, 2018, Belgium.
This leaflet was last revised in 08/2017.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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