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The Flixotide Accuhaler and Evohaler are both long-term preventative treatments for asthma. Both versions of Flixotide work by delivering the active ingredient, fluticasone propionate, directly into the lungs, where it prevents inflammation of the airways.
Although it's not used to provide relief, it can help improve asthma symptoms with long-term use, often when used alongside a reliever inhaler treatment.
Fluticasone propionate is a type of steroid known as a corticosteroid, which means that it works to prevent inflammation within the bronchi. Inflammation makes them more sensitive than normal to irritation. These treatments are able to help because they prevent the release of chemicals that increase the risk of inflammation occurring. If the airways are less inflamed, there is less chance of irritation occurring.
Both the Evohaler and Accuhaler contain the active ingredient fluticasone propionate, but the way in which they deliver it to your system differs. The Accuhaler inhaler delivers the active ingredient via a powder version of the medication, whereas the Evohaler delivers the active ingredient via a compressed form of the medication. Please see the 'How to Use' section for further information.
Whilst they are very similar, the two inhalers differ in their method of delivery. Below you will find a helpful summary of how each inhaler operates, with further information so that you can make an educated choice.
|Step 1. Open
|Step 2. Slide
|Step 3. breathing out
|Step 4. Inhale
|Step 5. Close
|Step 6. Rinse
The Flixotide Accuhaler delivers a powder version of the medication to the lungs. This simply involves placing your mouth over the opening of the Accuhaler and inhaling a small amount of the treatment. This may be a more suitable option if you find it difficult to use an Evohaler, which involves pressing down on a canister. The Evohaler contains a set amount of doses, which are tracked every time you use the inhaler, so you'll know exactly when you're about to run out.
The Flixotide Evohaler looks like a standard inhaler and is designed to provide you with a dose of medication in a compressed form. Using the Evohaler simply involves pressing down the canister containing the active ingredient, while you inhale the medication through the mouthpiece. The Evohaler also has a set amount of doses, although it's not always easy to track of when your treatment is ready to be replaced. You may prefer to use the Evohaler if you are allergic to milk protein, which forms part of the ingredients found in the accuhaler.
This medication is available in four different doses and which one you should take will depend on the severity of your asthma. Your doctor may choose to alter your dose depending on the intensity of your symptoms at a particular point in time. Below is a general guide of recommended doses for both Flitoxide inhalers:
The Flixotide inhalers are less likely to cause side effects than most oral steroid treatments for asthma, but there is still a small risk. The most common negative effects are:
Both of these side effects can be prevented by rinsing the mouth after each dose. In severe cases nausea may occur, although this is also very unlikely. If you do experience any adverse effects whilst using this inhaler medication, ensure you speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
If you experience asthma symptoms more than twice a week, if you have to use your reliever more than twice a week or if you wake up at least once a week due to breathing difficulty, you might have been recommended a Flixotide Evohaler or Flixotide Accuhaler.
Although most adults are able to use these medications, there may be a few instances where it's not recommended that you do. Examples of these include:
Ensure you do mention in the online consultation if you are using any other medication, so that the doctor can make an informed decision. For further information about this medicine, please refer to the patient leaflet, which is available to download towards the end of this page.
You can buy the Flixotide Evohaler and Flixotide Accuhaler now from HealthExpress. To start the ordering process, simply complete an online consultation form, which will allow our doctor to evaluate whether you are suitable for this medicine. Once your consultation is approved, a prescription will be issued and your medication will be shipped directly from our pharmacy to your door. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our helpful customer service team.