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Accuhaler

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Seretide, Ventolin Adult

Accuhaler - What is it for

  • Accuhalers are inhaler devices that help deliver a specific amount of medication to your lungs.
  • They are used to deliver medications that are used for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Both asthma and COPD affect the lungs which makes it harder for the person to breathe.

 

  • Accuhalers deliver a very small dose of the medication each time, thus you usually do not feel or taste anything after a dose.
  • Hence, it is important to use the Accuhaler correctly to get the full dosage and benefit from the medication.
  • This allows the medication to have a higher chance of reaching the small airways, which increases the effectiveness of the medication and helps reduce any side effects.

 

  • Each Accuhaler consists of a plastic device that contains dry powdered medication. When you slide the lever on the thumb grip, a dose is made available. It is activated by breath. This means that when you inhale, the Accuhaler automatically releases the medication.

 

Accuhaler - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Accuhaler cause?

Before taking Accuhaler, what precautions must I follow?

  • Do not blow into the Accuhaler or immerse it into water.
  • Do not open the Accuhaler or play with the lever when it is not in use.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Accuhaler?

Accuhaler - Dosage and How to Use

How should Accuhaler be used?

​Steps

Description
​1. ​Hold the Accuhaler in one hand and put the thumb of your other hand on the thumb grip.
​2. ​Open the Accuhaler by pushing the thumb grip away from you as far as it will go until you hear a click.
​3. ​Hold the Accuhaler with the mouthpiece towards you.
​4.​Push the lever away from you until you hear a click.
​5.​Breathe out gently and completely, away from the Accuhaler.
​6.​Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and seal tightly with your lips.
​7.​Breathe in steadily and deeply. You may taste some sweetness in your mouth, which is normal.
​8.​Remove the Accuhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for about 10 seconds or as long as you can.
​9.​Breathe out slowly through your mouth, away from the Accuhaler.
10.

Close the Accuhaler by sliding back the thumb grip back to its original position. It is ready for use again.

​11.​If another dose is required, repeat steps 1 to 10 after 1 minute.
12.​If the dose indicator shows red, there are 5 doses left.
​13.If your Accuhaler contains a steroid, please rinse your mouth with water after use to prevent oral fungal infection.

 

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Accuhaler - Handling

How should I handle Accuhaler safely?

Accuhaler - Storage

How should I store Accuhaler?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Accuhaler safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Accuhaler - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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