Diskus® = Accuhaler

Patient feedback of dosen taken (visual/acoustic)

Lactose carrier (taste feedback)

Dose counter

Dose counter measuring inhalations actually taken

Accurate & consistent dose delivery

FPF air flow rate independence

> 4yrs Achievable IFR (asthmatic child, severe asthma COPD)

++ Device resistance

Minimum FR controlled to achieve adequate lung deposition?

Overdose-secure

(60) Dose metering: blister pack (maximum)

Reservoir (maximum)

Advance warning of last dose

Protection from ambient humidity

Device lock.out

Reloadable

60 Max. number of doses

SALBUTAMOL
SALMETEROL
FLUTICASONEPROPIONATE

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How to use Diskus® = Accuhaler

The Diskus® is an inhalation device with low intrinsic resistance emitting about double the dose of fine particles at an inspiratory flow of 30 l/min compared with the Turbuhaler®. With an inspiratory flow of 60 l/min no significant difference is observed between the two devices. In-vitro formation of the fine particle fraction in the Diskus® also does not change with the inspiratory flow. Hence this device provides relatively constant intra-bronchial drug deposition independent of flow.

It also has been demonstrated that with an inspiratory flow of only 30 l/min 80% of the metered dose reached the mouthpiece. However since the prepared dosages are not completely emptied and powder is distributed all over the Diskus® after a short time of usage dose consistency appears to be uncertain.

Drugs approved for the use with the Diskus® include fluticasone (Flixotide®, Flovent®, Flutide®), salmeterol (Serevent®) and a combination of both substances (Advair®, Viani®).

This section contains a list of things you should do (DOs) and things you shouldn’t do (DON’Ts) when using the Diskus. This list only covers items known from practice to be the most important and most likely to be forgotten or performed incorrectly by patients; this information is in addition to the prescribing and other information provided with the Diskus

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DON’TS
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