Trimbow®: your questions, answered
How often should I use my inhaler?
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor, nurse or pharmacist has instructed. Check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure about how to take Trimbow correctly.
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist may also provide you with an action plan to help you manage your symptoms.
You should take your inhaler as prescribed – two puffs twice a day.
Do I have to take my inhaler when I have no symptoms?
When you don’t have any symptoms or you feel like you don’t need it, it can be easy to forget to use your inhaler. You should remember that regular use of your inhaler is important to keep you feeling this way.
You should use your inhaler as prescribed: 2 puffs twice a day, every day, even when you are feeling well.
What happens if I get side effects?
Like all medicines, Trimbow may cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you do 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?
How do I store my inhaler?
Once collected from the pharmacist, you can keep your Trimbow inhaler at room temperature (not above 25°C) for a maximum of four months.
- Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton after ‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
- You do not need to store in a refrigerator.
- Do not expose the canister to temperatures higher than 50°C.
- Do not freeze.
How long will it last?
Before using your inhaler for the first time the dose counter should read ‘121’. Release 1 puff into the air, pointing it away from you, to make sure it is working properly. You should see a ‘mist’ come from your inhaler. Check that the dose counter moves down from ‘121’ to ‘120’.
Your inhaler should last you 30 days if you are taking two puffs, twice a day, every day.
You should get a replacement when the dose counter shows the number 20. Stop using the inhaler when the dose counter shows 0, as any medicine left in the inhaler may not be enough to give you a full dose.
How do I clean my inhaler?
It is important to clean your inhaler at least once a week to stop it blocking up.
- Do not remove the pressurised container from the inhaler and do not use water or other liquids to clean your inhaler.
- Remove the protective cap from the mouthpiece by pulling it away from your inhaler.
- Wipe inside and outside of the mouthpiece and the inhaler with a clean, dry cloth or tissue.
- Replace the mouthpiece cap.
If you are using a spacer device, you should read the leaflet that came with it for any instructions on cleaning.
How do I use my inhaler with a spacer device?
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist may have prescribed a spacer device, called the AeroChamber Plus® to be used with your inhaler. Your spacer will look like a long, clear chamber with a mouthpiece at one end and a hole at the other for you to attach your inhaler.
It is important that you read the Patient Information Leaflet supplied with your AeroChamber Plus®, so you know how to use it (and how to clean it) correctly.
AeroChamber Plus® is a registered trademark of Trudell Medical International.
What about other medication?
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can advise you about using other prescribed medications. You should also check with your pharmacist before taking medicines bought over the counter.
You must tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any medication you may be taking, including herbal remedies.
Where can I get more information?
There is a lot of information available online, but it’s important to go to a reliable source. The suggested resources listed below can offer you further support on the various aspects of living with COPD or asthma.
It can be lonely, suffering from a condition that may limit your ability to get out and about. There may be local support groups you could join, where you can talk to others who share your issues. It’s worth checking at your doctor’s surgery to see if there is anything in your local area.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
British Lung Foundation
Helpline: 03000 030 555 (non-emergency)
Support for COPD & Breathe Easy support groups: Visit website
Helpline: 0300 222 5800 (non-emergency)
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 Trimbow and are looking for information on another Chiesi respiratory product please visit our homepage.
The information provided here is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare professional. If you have any questions about your medication, please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
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.