Combination Preventers

  • Combination preventer medications combine an inhaled corticosteroid  preventer (reduces swelling, redness and mucus in airways) with a long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) (relaxes airway muscles) in one device. They are usually prescribed when taking an inhaled corticosteroid preventer alone has not controlled asthma symptoms. Combination preventer medications are taken once or twice each day, usually morning and night.

    Side effects are the same as taking the medications separately. Possible local side effects include shaking hands, fast heartbeat, headaches, sore throat, hoarse voice and/or oral thrush. 

    Systemic side effects (caused through bloodstream absorption of the medication) are rare, but may include cataracts, glaucoma, skin bruising, adrenal suppression, growth suppression and/or osteoporosis. 

    Seretide 
       Seretide puffer 50
    Seretide
      50µg Puffer  
       Seretide puffer 125
      Seretide
        125µg Puffer  
       Seretide accuhaler 100
    Seretide
      100µg Accuhaler  
       Seretide accuhaler 250
    Seretide
      250µg Accuhaler  

    Also available in 250µg Puffer and 500µg Accuhaler

    Seretide is a combination medication containing an inhaled corticosteroid (fluticasone propionate) and a LABA (salmeterol). It is available in a puffer or an accuhaler for adults and children 4 years and over. Different strengths of medication are in slightly different coloured containers. 

    Symbicort 

     

       Symbicort turbuhaler
    Symbicort
      200/6µg Turbuhaler   

     

     Medication - Symbicort Rapihaler
    Symbicort Rapihaler

    Also available in 100/6 and 400/12µg Turbuhalers

    Symbicort is a combination medication containing an inhaled corticosteroid (budesonide) and a long acting reliever or symptom controller (eformoterol). It is available in a turbuhaler and a puffer (called Rapihaler) and is used for adults and children over 12 years old. Because eformoterol acts very quickly there is a special treatment plan (called SMART: Symbicort Maintenance and Reliever Therapy) where Symbicort can be taken as both reliever and preventer. This is only approved for adults (and children over 12 years old), and is not suitable for everyone. Only the lower dose Symbicort inhalers can be used for SMART and it has to be specifically prescribed for this use by your doctor.

    Flutiform
     Flutiform


    Flutiform is a combination medication containing an inhaled corticosteroid (fluticasone propionate) and a LABA (eformoterol). It is taken twice a day and is available in a puffer for adults and children over 12 years old. Different strengths of medication are in slightly different coloured containers. 

    Breo

    Breo is a combination medication containing an inhaled corticosteroid (fluticasone furoate) and a LABA (vilanterol). It is taken once a day and is available in an inhaler called Ellipta. It is indicated for adults. Different strengths of medication are in slightly different coloured containers. 

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