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What is AirFluSal?
AirFluSal is a medicine that is used to treat severe asthma and other conditions where sufferers struggle with breathing.
How does AirFluSal work?
When treating asthma, AirFluSal helps to prevent breathlessness, and works to reduce the number of sudden attacks.
The active ingredients in the medication help the airways in the lungs to stay open, making it easier for air to get in and out and making it easier for the person to breathe normally. The medication also contains corticosteroids which reduce swelling and irritation.
What are the benefits of taking AirFluSal?
Asthma can be a debilitating illness that hinders daily life, while onset attacks of pain or breathlessness can be painful as well as worrying.
Taking AirFluSal will help to manage these conditions, with effects of the active ingredients lasting for at least 12 hours.
It should be noted however, that this medication is a preventative measure and not a quick fix. If you do have an attack of breathlessness or wheeziness, then you will need to instead use a fast-acting “rescue” inhaler, which you should always have with you.
How do I use AirFluSal?
AirFluSal is a prescription-only medication. Always follow the advice of your doctor and read the patient information leaflet provided in the medication packet.
Your doctor or nurse should show you how to properly use your inhaler before starting on this medication. The AirFluSal is an inhaler made up of a canister inside a plastic case with a mouthpiece, and there is a dose indicator on the front to tell you how many puffs it has left in it.
To administer a dose, stand or sit upright and hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece at the bottom. Remove the mouthpiece cover, shake 4 or 5 times and then breathe out as far as is comfortable. Immediately place the inhaler between your teeth (without biting down) and close your lips around it. Begin to breathe in deeply and slowly while pressing down on the top of the canister to release the medicine. Hold your breath for at least a few seconds and then wait a minute or two before administering another puff in the same way. Always replace the mouthpiece cover after use.
After use, it’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth, as leftover residue from the medication can leave you with a strange taste, and can also lead to thrush of the mouth or hoarseness.
AirFluSal contains the active ingredients salmeterol and fluticasone propionate, available in strengths of either 25/125 micrograms or 25/250 micrograms respectively, per delivered dose.
The recommended dose is two puffs twice a day, however your doctor will regularly check your asthma symptoms and may change your dose as required. Always follow the advice of your doctor and don’t take a different dose unless specifically told to.
Each time you use your inhaler, the dose indicator will count down so that when the numbers get low, you know to see your doctor to get a new one.
If you forget to use your AirFluSal then you should skip the forgotten dose and move straight onto the next one. Don’t double up on your dose to make up for a missed one.
If you take more AirFluSal than you should, then contact your doctor or pharmacist. Side effects of overdose include your heart beating faster than usual, feeling shaky, dizzy or weak, or developing a headache.
Side effects & precautions
Before taking AirFluSal, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not take AirFluSal if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are allergic to salmeterol, fluticasone propionate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
Your prescription of AirFluSal may also be affected by a number of other factors, so you should make your doctor aware if any of the following apply:
- Heart disease, including an irregular or fast heart beat
- Overactive thyroid gland
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes mellitus
- Low potassium in your blood
- Tuberculosis (TB) now, or in the past,
- Other lung infections
Like many medications with active ingredients, AirFluSal can affect or be affected by other medicines. Particular medications that you may experience this with include the following:
- Beta blockers (such as atenolol, propranolol and sotalol)
- Medicines to treat infections (such as ritonavir, ketoconazole, itraconazole and erythromycin)
- Corticosteroids (by mouth or by injection)
- Diuretics, also known as ‘water tablets’ used to treat high blood pressure
- Other bronchodilators (such as salbutamol)
- Xanthine medicines such as aminophylline and theophylline
If you are taking any of the above medications, then you should make your doctor aware so that they can advise whether or not AirFluSal will be the best course of action for you.
Bear in mind that AirFluSal is an ongoing treatment and should not be relied upon in the event of an attack of breathlessness. You should therefore always have a fast-acting “rescue” inhaler with you, for use in these circumstances.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding then you should consult your doctor before starting this medication, as there is limited knowledge about its effects on breast milk and they therefore may decide that another treatment is more appropriate.
The most common side effects of using AirFluSal include:
- Increased number of colds
- Thrush (sore, creamy-yellow, raised patches) in the mouth and throat
- Sore tongue and hoarse voice and throat irritation
- Aching, swollen joints and muscle pain
- Muscle cramps
- Fever or chills
- Bruising and fractures
- Inflammation of sinuses
- A reduction in the amount of potassium in the blood
If you do experience one or more of these side effects and they persist or worsen, then inform your doctor right away. You should also contact your doctor if you notice any serious side effects such as worsening of breathing ability, fainting or skin reactions.
How do I buy AirFluSal online?
You can safely buy AirFluSal online at UK Meds. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that AirFluSal is the right medication for your medical condition.