Asthma   COPD

How to Use Seretide

Seretide for COPD helps stop breathlessness and wheeziness from coming on.

Seretide Accuhaler

an easy-to-use1 device, for COPD treatment, if you prefer not to use a spacer.

Includes a dose counter so you always know when to get your next Accuhaler.

Try the Seretide Accuhaler

Click here for step-by-step online instructions

Seretide Inhaler

includes a dose counter so you always know when to get your next inhaler.

Use with a spacer

  • to coordinate pressing the inhaler and breathing in.
  • to help the medicine get to the lungs.
  • to reduce side effects.

Click here for step-by-step online instructions


Note: Seretide should not be used to relieve a sudden attack of breathlessness or wheezing. If you get this sort of attack you must use a quick acting inhaler (e.g. Ventolin), also known as a reliever puffer. Always carry your blue Ventolin® reliever inhaler with you.

Even if you are feeling better, keep taking Seretide twice a day every day
  • The combined inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting bronchodilators in Seretide, when taken twice per day on a daily basis reduce swelling and irritation in the small air passages of the lungs and these two ingredients can help manage your COPD symptoms throughout the day and night.
  • People with COPD often have permanent narrowing of the airways. Seretide is a daily maintenance medication designed to help control your breathing so itís essential to keep taking your Seretide, even if you're feeling better.
  • It's a myth that the longer you take your medications, the more medication youíll need.
  • Inhaled corticosteroids work to reduce lung inflammation. They are not the same as anabolic steroids some body-builders may use to build up their muscles and increase strength.
  • Seretide is not an antibiotic and does not treat chest infections. It's important even mild chest infections are treated right away so see your doctor immediately if you think you have a chest infection.
  • Some people very occasionally find that their mouth, throat or tongue becomes sore or their voice becomes hoarse after inhaling Seretide. Gargling with water and spitting it out immediately, or cleaning dentures, after each dose may help. Tell your doctor but do not stop treatment unless told to do so.
  • Most people taking this medicine have no problems. But as with all medicines, a few people may find that it causes side effects. If you have any of the following symptoms soon after taking Seretide, STOP taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately:
    • Sudden wheeziness and chest pain or tightness.
    • Swelling of eyelids, face or lips.
    • Lumpy skin rash or "hives" anywhere on the body.

    Also tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Headache, muscle cramps, skin rash or trembling, increase in pulse rate or irregular heartbeat.

    This is not a complete list of side-effects. If you have any other unexpected effects or symptoms that you do not understand, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Click here for complete Seretide Consumer Medicine Information


Seretide Accuhaler step-by-step instructions:
Take 1 dose in the morning and 1 dose at night.

Step 1. Open

  • Holding your Accuhaler in one hand, as shown, place the thumb of your other hand.
  • Open your Accuhaler by pushing the thumb grip right around until it clicks.
  • The mouthpiece should now be fully visible (see photo in step 2).

Step 2. Slide

  • Youíll also see the lever.
  • Hold the mouthpiece towards you and push the lever away from you until it stops.
  • The number in the dose-counter window will be reduced by one.

Step 3. Breath out then inhale

  • Breathe out as much as possible.
  • Put the mouthpiece to your lips.
  • Breathe in steadily through your Accuhaler (not through your nose!).
  • Remove your Accuhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds.
  • Breathe out slowly.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after using your Accuhaler.

Step 4. Close

  • Close your Accuhaler by sliding the thumb grip back to the original position.
  • This makes your Accuhaler ready to use again next time.
  • The dose counter on the top of the Accuhaler shows how many doses are left to use.

Step 5. Rinse mouth with water after using

Seretide Inhaler step-by-step instructions:
A spacer helps you get the most from your inhaler. It allows more medicine to get down into your lungs where it is needed.2

Step 1. Remove Cap

  • Take the cap off and shake your inhaler.

Step 2. Insert inhaler

  • Place your inhaler into the spacer.

Step 3. Release Medicine

  • Breathe out gently.
  • Put the spacer mouthpiece between your lips and make an airtight seal.
  • Hold the spacer as level as you can.
  • Press the top of the inhaler down once to release Seretide into the spacer (one single puff at a time).

Step 4. Inhale normally

  • Breathe in slowly through your mouth immediately.
  • With the spacer still between your lips breathe in and out normally 10 times.

Step 5. Rinse mouth with water after using

  • To keep your spacer clean, wash it once a week in warm soapy water using a soft cloth. Allow to drip dry. Do not rinse or towel dry.

Did you know?

Seretide controls the inflammation in your airways to help make your good days better.2