If you are using DuoResp Spiromax for COPD, it must be used twice a day every day as a preventer. Read more about medicines for COPD.
If you are using DuoResp Spiromax for asthma, it can be prescribed in three different ways:
- regular preventer (and using a different inhaler as a reliever such as salbutamol)
- regular preventer plus also using the same inhaler as a reliever when needed
- reliever only without also taking it as a preventer.
The choice between these three options should be discussed with your doctor, and is based on the severity of your symptoms.
If you have mild asthma, you can use DuoResp Spiromax as a reliever, without needing to use it regularly. This is called AIR therapy (anti-inflammatory reliever therapy).
Moderate to severe asthma
If you have moderate to severe asthma, you can use your DuoResp Spiromax as a preventer only or as a preventer and a reliever. This is called SMART (which stands for single maintenance and reliever therapy). This means that you can use your DuoResp Spiromax regularly each day for symptom prevention, and also when needed for symptom relief.
Preventer: Use DuoResp Spiromax every day, once or twice daily.
Reliever: One inhalation when needed for shortness of breath. You can repeat as required, up to a maximum of 12 inhalations in one day. If you need to take more and more doses each day, see your doctor to assess your therapy. Read more about the SMART action plan(external link).