Fostair NEXThaler


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Fostair NEXThaler

Used for the treatment of Asthma/COPD

  • Relieves inflammation in the lungs
  • Helps to manage asthma symptoms
From £113.98

Fostair NEXThaler is a medicine that is used to treat severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

When treating asthma, Fostair NEXThaler helps to prevent attacks of breathlessness, and when treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it works to reduce the number of flare-ups.

The active ingredients in the medication help to relax the muscles in the airways, helping the lungs to stay open, and making it easier for air to get in and out. The medication also contains corticosteroids which reduce swelling and irritation, making it easier for the person to breathe normally.

Asthma and COPD can be debilitating illnesses that hinder daily life, while onset attacks of pain or breathlessness can be painful as well as worrying.

Taking Fostair NEXThaler will help to manage these conditions, with effects of the active ingredients lasting for at least 12 hours.

Although this medication is a long-term preventative measure, it can also act as a “rescue” inhaler. This means that in the case of an attack of breathlessness, it can work as a quick fix. You can however, use it only for its long-term benefits and use a separate “rescue” inhaler, should you wish.

Fostair NEXThaler 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. A slightly different shape to most inhalers, the Fostair NEXThaler has the mouthpiece on the top, with a cover for when it’s not in use. To administer a dose, start by holding the inhaler upright and open the cover fully. Breathe out as far as is comfortable and then bring the inhaler up to your mouth and close your lips around it. Breathe in through your mouth as hard as you can and hold that breath for 10 seconds. Then remove the inhaler from your mouth and breathe out gently, closing the cover after use.

You should not open the cover when you are not using it (as the dose indicator will count this as a dose and you may end up not realising when you need a new inhaler). 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.

Fostair NEXThaler contains the active ingredients beclometasone dipropionate anhydrous and formoterol fumarate dihydrate, available in strengths of 100/6 micrograms or 200/6 micrograms respectively, per dose.

The recommended dose differs depending on whether you’re using it to treat COPD or asthma, and whether it’s your only inhaler or you are using it alongside a “rescue” one. If you are using it to treat COPD then the recommended dose is 2 inhalations twice a day (suitably spaced apart). If you are using it only as a long-term asthma reliever then the recommended dose is 1 or 2 inhalations twice a day, although your doctor could increase this to 4 inhalations twice a day if they think you need it.

If you are using Fostair NEXThaler as a dual inhaler (for both long-term relief and as a fast-acting solution to an attack of breathlessness), then the recommended dose is 1 inhalation in the morning and 1 in the evening.

In the event of an asthma attack, take 1 inhalation and then wait a few minutes to see if this relieves the pain. If it does not, then take another, however you should never take more than 6 reliever inhalations in one day. You should also never exceed 8 inhalations in one day; if the maximum dose is not working then you should consult your doctor.

Each time you use your inhaler, the dose indicator will count down so that you know when to see your doctor to get a new one.

If you forget to use your Fostair NEXThaler 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 Fostair NEXThaler 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.

Before taking Fostair NEXThaler, you should always first consult your doctor. You should not take Fostair NEXThaler if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are allergic to beclometasone dipropionate anhydrous or formoterol fumarate dihydrate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine

Your prescription of Fostair NEXThaler may also be affected by a number of other factors, so you should make your doctor aware if any of the following apply:

  • heart problems, these include any known disorder of your heart
  • disorders of the heart rhythm such as increased or irregular heart rate
  • high blood pressure
  • narrowing of the arteries
  • an overactive thyroid gland
  • low blood levels of potassium
  • any disease of your liver or kidneys
  • Diabetes
  • tumour of the adrenal gland
  • you are due to have an anaesthetic
  • you are being, or have ever been, treated for tuberculosis (TB) or if you have a viral or fungal infection of your chest

Like many medications with active ingredients, Fostair NEXThaler can affect or be affected by other medicines. Particular medications that you may experience this with include the following:

  • Beta-blocker medicines
  • Beta-adrenergic drugs
  • Medicines for treating abnormal heart rhythms
  • Medicines to treat allergic reactions
  • Medicines to treat symptoms of depression or mental disorders
  • Medicines to treat Parkinson’s Disease
  • Medicines to treat an underactive thyroid gland
  • Medicines containing oxytocin
  • Medicines to treat mental disorders such as monoaminoxidase inhibitors
  • Medicines to treat heart disease
  • Other medicines used to treat asthma
  • Diuretics (water tablets)

If you are taking any of the above medications, then you should make your doctor aware so that they can advise whether or not Fostair NEXThaler will be the best course of action for you.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding then you should consult your doctor before starting this medication, as it’s not usually recommended unless your doctor specifically thinks it’s necessary.

The most common side effects of using Fostair NEXThaler include:

  • Trembling
  • Pneumonia (infection of the lung) in COPD patients
  • cold-like symptoms, sore throat
  • fungal infections (of the mouth and throat)
  • worsening of your asthma symptoms, difficulty breathing
  • Hoarseness
  • cough

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.

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