Rexair

The Combination Inhaler

Rexair
  • Rexair is a combination inhaler containing Fluticasone propionate and Salmeterol (as xinafoate)
  • It is available in three strengths 50 mcg / 25 mcg, 125 mcg / 25 mcg, 250 mcg / 25 mcg. Each inhaler has 120 doses.

Rexair is a combination inhaler that opens the airways and reduces swelling and irritation in the air passages in the lungs. Discuss your asthma symptoms with your doctor or pharmacist and ask whether Rexair Inhaler is the appropriate choice for you.

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REXAIR INHALER
HAS A DOSE COUNTER

Rexair Inhaler has a dose counter so you don’t need to worry about running out of medication when you need it most.

Colour of dose counter changes from green to red at 40 doses, giving you time to source a replacement. Monitor you children’s inhalers by checking counter on school days and know you are covered if going away on holiday.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT REXAIR INHALER

What is Rexair Inhaler?

Rexair Inhaler contains 50 mcg Fluticasone propionate and 25 mcg Salmeterol (as xinafoate), 125 mcg Fluticasone propionate and 25 mcg Salmeterol (as xinafoate), or 250 mcg Fluticasone propionate and 25 mcg Salmeterol (as xinafoate).

Rexair Inhaler contains Fluticasone propionate which is a steroid and Salmeterol (as xinafoate) which opens the airways.

The corticosteroid in your Rexair Inhaler is not the same as the anabolic steroids that have been known to have been exploited by sports people. The antiinflammatory effect in your medication is due to the corticosteroid.

Salmeterol is a bronchodilator which opens the airways in your lungs. Salmeterol provides support for up to twelve hours.

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What is Rexair Inhaler used for?

Rexair Inhaler is a “combination” inhaler that opens the airways and reduces swelling and irritation in the air passages in your lungs. If you have asthma, taking Rexair Inhaler regularly will help prevent asthma attacks.

Rexair Inhaler helps prevent breathlessness and wheezing coming on. It does not work once you are breathless or wheezy.

You should always carry your “reliever” inhaler (e.g. Salbutamol) with you.

In the event of an asthma attack, use your Salair Inhaler or your blue “reliever” inhaler, not your Rexair Inhaler.

REXAIR INHALER IS A PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE FOR ORAL INHALATION ONLY.

Does Rexair Inhaler work the same as the combination inhaler that I normally use?

Rexair Inhaler contains Fluticasone propionate and Salmeterol (as xinafoate) as active medicines. If your previous inhaler also uses the same active medicines, i.e. Fluticasone propionate and Salmeterol (as xinafoate), then Rexair Inhaler can be prescribed to manage the same conditions.

Does Rexair Inhaler look the same as the combination inhaler that I normally use?

Rexair Inhaler looks different to other combination inhalers that you have used. It has a grey cap and a white body, with a built-in dose counter. The canister with the medicine in it has a grey and white label.

Fluticasone and Salmeterol pMDI with a built-in dose counter.

Rexair Inhaler has a built-in dose counter to see how many actuations are left in the inhaler.

After the inhaler is primed for the first time, the dose counter should read 120. This means that there are 120 doses of the medicine left in the inhaler. Each time the inhaler is used, the dose counter will count down by one number.

When there are 40 doses of medicine remaining in the Rexair Inhaler, the colour of the dose counter will change from green to red. This gives you time to go to your doctor or pharmacist to pick up another inhaler. You don’t need to worry about running out of medication when you need it the most.

The dose counter will stop counting when it reaches 0. This means there is no medication left in the inhaler and it should be discarded.

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Will Rexair Inhaler taste the same as the combination inhaler that I normally use?

If you have previously used another inhaler, you might notice that the spray from Rexair Inhaler tastes or feels different in you mouth, or that the inhaler sounds different when sprayed. This does not affect the way your inhaler works.

Is Rexair Inhaler right for me?

Discuss your asthma symptoms with your doctor or pharmacist and ask whether Rexair Inhaler is the appropriate choice for you.

How do I clean my Rexair Inhaler?

The Rexair Inhaler plastic actuator should be cleaned at least once a week to ensure that it functions correctly.

NEVER wash or soak any part of the inhaler in water.

Use the following technique to clean your inhaler:
1. Remove the plastic dust cap from the mouthpiece of the inhaler. The metal canister should NOT be removed from the plastic actuator.
2. The plastic mouthpiece and the dust cap are to be wiped inside and outside with a clean dry cloth.
3. Replace the plastic dust cap on to the mouthpiece of the inhaler.

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How much does Rexair Inhaler cost?

Rexair Inhaler 50 mcg / 25 mcg and 125 mcg / 25 mcg are fully funded. Rexair Inhaler 250 mcg /25 mcg is not funded. As per the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule, from 1st January 2013, everyone who is eligible for publicly funded health and disability services should in most circumstances pay only $5.00 for subsidised medicines.1

Rexair Inhaler with Dose Counter, PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE. Rexair Inhaler comes in three different strengths. Rexair Inhaler contains either 50 mcg of Fluticasone propionate and 25 mcg of Salmeterol (as salmeterol xinafoate); 125 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 25 mcg of salmeterol (as xinafoate); or 250 mcg of fluticasone propionate and 25 mcg of salmeterol (as salmeterol xinafoate) per actuation. Rexair Inhaler contains 120 actuations. Rexair Inhaler is a “combination” inhaler that opens the airways and reduces swelling and irritation in the air passages in your lungs for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The corticosteroid in your Rexair Inhaler is not the same anabolic steroids that have been known to have been exploited by sports people. The anti-inflammatory effect in your medication is due to the corticosteroid. You should always carry your “reliever” inhaler (e.g. Salbutamol) with you. In the event of an asthma attack, use your Salair Inhaler or your blue “reliever” inhaler, NOT Rexair Inhaler.

Rexair Inhaler has risks and benefits. Tell your doctor before using Rexair Inhaler if you: are allergic to Fluticasone propionate, Salmeterol (as xinafoate) or any of the other ingredients in your inhaler; have been taking or are currently taking steroid tablets or have had a steroid injection; have an allergy to dyes, preservatives, foods or other medication; are pregnant or intending to become pregnant; are breastfeeding; are taking ANY other medicines; have ever had tuberculosis (TB) or another long-term lung infection; have diabetes; have heart disease; have an overactive thyroid gland; have high blood pressure; have been diagnosed previously with thrush in your mouth; have low potassium in your blood.

If you experience any of the following side effects, stop taking Rexair Inhaler and seek immediate medical attention as you may be allergic to the medicine: itching, rash or reddened skin; swelling of the eye lids, lips, face or throat; low blood pressure; collapse; increase in wheezing and shortness of breath immediately after using your inhaler; tightness of the chest. If you experience any of the following side effects advise your nurse, pharmacist or doctor but do not discontinue using your Rexair Inhaler: headache; rash; bruising; thrush in the mouth and throat; aching, swollen joints and muscle pain; muscle cramps.

All health providers should be informed that you are using your Rexair Inhaler due to the steroids in your medication. Always use Rexair Inhaler exactly as your doctor or asthma nurse has told you. Rexair Inhaler is for oral inhalation only. It is important that even if you feel that your chest condition has improved, that you do not discontinue using your Rexair Inhaler unless your doctor instructs you to. The medication in your Rexair Inhaler is used to help manage your symptoms however does not treat it. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your doctor or asthma nurse. Discuss your asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms with your doctor or pharmacist and ask whether Rexair Inhaler is the appropriate choice for you.

Rexair Inhaler 50 mcg / 25 mcg and Rexair Inhaler 125 mcg / 25 mcg are fully funded. Rexair Inhaler 250 mcg / 25 mcg is not funded. Standard doctor’s fees and pharmacy charges apply.

Distributed by REX Medical Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand.