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Last updated: 17th June 2021

Chiesi is experiencing an increase in inhaler demand. In order to help meet this increased demand of inhalers, we have decided to release a Clenil batch variation for all strengths.

  • The Clenil batch variation contains the same medication as before, and therefore requires no difference to how you manage your asthma.
  • The Clenil batch variation remains in the same type of inhaler device (pressurised metered dose inhaler; pMDI), and therefore requires no difference to the way you take your inhaler.
  • The only difference is that unlike Clenil inhalers that you may have received since September 2019, there is no dose indicator.

Please note: If you have been prescribed Clenil 100mcg, your inhaler may also have the following differences in appearance (see below):

  • The colours of the main body of the inhaler and mouthpiece protective cap are beige and yellow, respectively (instead of brown and beige, respectively).
  • You will not see 'Clenil® Modulite 100mcg Inhaler PREVENTER' embossed on the inhaler.
  • Clenil 100mcg inhaler batch-specific variation
  • Clenil 100mcg inhaler from a regular batch

You should check the dosage on the labelling of the outer package and canister of your Clenil inhaler prior to taking your inhaler to ensure that you have received the expected inhaler strength.

As usual, be sure to keep track of when you start to use your inhaler – each Clenil inhaler contains 200 doses of medication, so if you are taking two puffs of your inhaler twice a day, this means the inhaler will last for over a month.

If you use a Volumatic™ Spacer Device, you should continue to use it as usual.

Remember to clean your inhaler once a week. You will find instructions on how to do this on the package leaflet.

A downloadable version of this information is available here.

Reporting of side effects: If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

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How to use Clenil®

Read all of the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) provided with your inhaler carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you. This is also available to view or download via the Electronic Medicines Compendium Website (eMC) for: Clenil 50mcg, Clenil 100mcg, Clenil 200mcg and Clenil 250mcg.

Before using your inhaler for the first time or if you have not used the inhaler for 3 days or more, one puff should be released into the air to make sure it works.

  • Remove the protective cap from the mouthpiece
  • Hold your inhaler upright with the mouthpiece at the bottom
  • Direct the mouthpiece away from yourself and firmly depress the canister to release one puff
  • Check the dose indicator. If you are testing your inhaler for the first time, the indicator should read 200. The indicator counts down in intervals of 20

You should get a replacement when the indicator shows the number 20. Stop using the inhaler when the counter shows 0 as any puffs left in the device may not be enough to give you a full dose. Take your inhaler to your pharmacist for disposal and get a new one. Whenever possible, sit or stand in an upright position when using your inhaler.

To use your Clenil inhaler follow the five steps shown here, making sure not to rush yourself.

Step 1

To remove the mouthpiece cover, hold between the thumb and forefinger, squeeze gently and pull apart as shown. Check inside and outside to make sure that the mouthpiece is clean, and that there are no foreign objects.

Testing Your Inhaler: If the inhaler is new or if it has not been used for three days or more, one puff should be released into the air to make sure that it works.

Removing cap from pMDI device
Step 2
Hold the inhaler upright as shown, with your thumb on the base, below the mouthpiece. Breathe out as far as is comfortable. Blowing out whilst holding the device
Step 3
Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth and close your lips around it but do not bite it. Holding a pMDI device to the mouth
Step 4
Just after starting to breathe in through your mouth press down on the top of the inhaler to release a puff while still breathing in steadily and deeply. Inhaling using a pMDI device
Step 5
Hold your breath; take the inhaler from your mouth and your finger from the top of the inhaler. Continue holding your breath for a few seconds or as long as is comfortable. Breathe out slowly. Blowing out whilst holding the device

If you are to take another puff, keep the inhaler upright and wait about half a minute before repeating steps 2 to 5.

IMPORTANT: Do not repeat steps 2 to 5 too quickly. After use, close your inhaler again with the mouthpiece cover.

To lower the risk of a fungal infection in the mouth and throat, rinse your mouth or gargle with water, without swallowing, or brush your teeth each time you use your inhaler. Using a spacer can also help reduce side effects.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Helpful resources
How to use your device - Play Button - Video: 5 minutes 13 seconds
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Play Button - How to use your device - Video: 5 minutes 13 seconds
Clenil User Guide - Download Button - PDF: 0.36mb

This website has been provided by Chiesi Limited to support patients, and carers of patients, prescribed Chiesi respiratory products. If you have not been prescribed Clenil and are looking for information on another Chiesi respiratory product please visit our homepage.

Reporting of side effects: If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.