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Fostair® pMDI: your questions, answered

How often should I use my inhaler?

It is very important for you to use Fostair regularly even though you may have no symptoms. Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will advise you on how Fostair pMDI should be taken in combination with any other medication and provide you with an action plan to help you manage your respiratory symptoms.

Do I have to take my inhaler when I have no symptoms?

Understandably, when you don’t have any symptoms, it can be easy to forget to take your treatment or to feel like you do not need to. You must use your inhaler every day, even when you are feeling well. Regular use of your inhaler is the most effective way to keep you feeling this way.

What happens if I get side effects?

Like all medicines, Fostair can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the Patient information 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.

How do I use my inhaler?

For a step-by-step User Guide on how to use your inhaler, please click here.

How do I store my inhaler?

We advise that you store your inhaler as per the storage recommendations on the outer package of the product/carton and the accompanying Patient Information Leaflet. If you have any questions talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Your pharmacist will have stored your inhaler in a refrigerator (2-8°C) for a maximum of 18 months prior to dispensing to you. After dispensing, your Fostair inhaler may be stored at room temperature (not above 25°C) for a maximum of 3 months.

How do I clean my inhaler?
You should clean your inhaler once a week. When cleaning, do not remove the canister from the actuator and do not use water or other liquids to clean your inhaler.

To clean your inhaler:

  1. Remove the protective cap from the mouthpiece by pulling it away from your inhaler.
  2. Wipe inside and outside of the mouthpiece and the actuator with a clean, dry cloth or tissue.
  3. Replace the mouthpiece cover.

For instructions on how to clean your inhaler, please refer to the Patient Information leaflet included in the device packaging.

What if I have been prescribed Fostair pMDI 100/6 for Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (MART)?

This means that Fostair 100/6 can be used every day as maintenance to treat your asthma while also being used to treat sudden worsening of your asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and cough.

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor, nurse or pharmacist has told you. You may previously have used a blue inhaler as a reliever inhaler but your Fostair 100/6 inhaler can now do the job of both your usual maintenance therapy and your blue reliever inhaler.

How do I use my inhaler with a spacer?

Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist may have prescribed a spacer, called the AeroChamber Plus® to be used with your inhaler. Your spacer may look like a long chamber with a mouthpiece at one end and a hole at the other where it attaches to your inhaler.

It is important that you read the package leaflet which is supplied with your AeroChamber Plus® spacer device, and that you follow the instructions on how to use and how to clean it, carefully.

AeroChamber Plus® is a registered trademark of Trudell Medical International.

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 Fostair pMDI 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.

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MART = Maintenance And Reliever Therapy