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Seretide is an inhaled medication used in the treatment of pulmonary diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). The active ingredients are salmeterol, which widens the airways, and fluticasone, which inhibits inflammation and makes the airways less susceptible to stimuli.
Medically reviewed by Prof. Dr. O. Patho on December 17, 2018
Doctors prescribe Seretide for people with asthma and COPD.
In asthma, the airways narrow when they are stimulated, for example by smoke, cold and exertion.
The airways of people with COPD are chronically narrowed and contain a lot of mucus. Anxiety and coughing are common symptoms for both asthma and COPD.
Seretide is a combination of two active ingredients: salmeterol and fluticasone.
Salmeterol relaxes the muscles of the airways, thus reducing any narrowing, and breathlessness usually decreases within 20 minutes.
Fluticasone is an anti-inflammatory resembling the body's own adrenal cortex hormones (corticosteroids or corticoids). By inhibiting inflammation, it protects the airways in the longer term.The airways also become less sensitive to stimuli such as cold and exertion, as a result of which mucus formation and coughing decrease.
Seretide is available in various strengths, such as Seretide 250 and Seretide 500. The powder is contained in an inhaler or disk and must be inhaled.
After inhaling Seretide, rinse the mouth to clear any remaining powder. It is not easy to use inhaled medications such as Seretide. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can teach you how to do this.
You should also have a yearly check to monitor whether the product is still being used properly. Don’t stop this medication without consulting the doctor who prescribed it.
Seretide is produced by GlaxoSmithKline BV and available as Seretide accuhaler 250 and Seretide accuhaler 500. It may only be prescribed by a doctor.
Don’t buy cheap online variants of this medication. They may be counterfeit and potentially dangerous.