Symbicort Turbohaler

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Symbicort Turbohaler is an asthma inhaler. It can help treat and manage symptoms of asthma, which can include breathlessness and wheezing.

What is Symbicort Turbohaler?

Symbicort Turbohaler 100/6 (Also referred to as Symbicort Turbohaler throughout this information) inhalation powder is used to treat the symptoms of mild to severe asthma. Symbicort Turbohaler is used every day to help prevent asthma attacks.

The Symbicort Turbohaler contains two different medicines: budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.

Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. Corticosteroids work by preventing and reducing swelling and inflammation in the lungs. Formoterol fumarate dihydrate is a steroid and long-acting bronchodilator which works to relax the muscles in the airways. It is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For further information on Symbicort Turbohaler, please see the patient information leaflet.

How It Works

The Symbicort Turbohaler is an inhaler used to treat asthma symptoms by preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs and airways. It works deep within the lungs and is used to aid symptoms of asthma to make it easier to breathe.

Symbicort Turbohaler is used for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma control. This treatment is also known as a ‘preventer’. This is because it helps to prevent asthma symptoms and should not be used during an asthma attack.

Before you take it

Most healthy adults and adolescents aged over 17 are safe using the Symbicort Turbohaler. It is not recommended for use by children under 12 years of age without direct medical advice or supervision from a healthcare professional. We do not prescribe any medications to people under 18 years old.

It is important for your own health that if you already suffer symptoms of an allergic reaction related to beclometasone dipropionate, previously inhaled corticosteroids, formoterol fumarate dihydrate or any other ingredient in this drug, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Symbicort Turbohaler.

The Symbicort Turbohaler inhaler contains small amounts of milk protein and the sugar lactose. If you have an intolerance to milk or dairy, it is advised to approach your doctor before using Symbicort Turbohaler.

This inhaler will not give immediate relief to wheezing or breathlessness during a sudden asthma attack that has already started. Instead, an inhaler prescribed for asthma known as ‘Reliever’ or ‘rescue’ inhalers that are quick-acting and should instead be used to relieve an asthma attack. Carry a ‘reliever’ asthma inhaler with you at all times as it helps you to breathe during an asthma attack.

Symbicort Turbohaler inhaler is unsuitable for some patients. You should contact your doctor or healthcare professional if any of the following apply:

  • You are suffering from tuberculosis or have suffered it in the past
  • Are allergic to similar inhalers
  • Your asthma is appearing to be getting worse
  • Your ‘reliever’ inhaler is becoming less effective
  • You are taking Disulfiram
  • You are taking Metronidazole
  • You have problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands
  • Are intolerant to medicine that contains lactose
  • You have high blood pressure have ever had a heart problem including an uneven heart beat, narrowing of the arteries or heart failure
  • Dosage Instructions

    The prescribed Symbicort Turbohaler dosage for adults, the elderly, and children over 12 years varies with the use of other medication. Read the information carefully before using this medicine to ensure you use the correct dosage and inhaler technique alongside other medications.

    If you have been prescribed Symbicort Turbohaler as your only inhaler, there are three ways in which you can take your Symbicort Turbohaler every day. One inhalation in the morning and one in the evening, OR two in the morning, OR two in the evening.

    If you are an ADULT and have been prescribed two asthma inhalers, for adults and adolescents ages 17 and above, the usual dose is one or two inhalations, twice a day. For adults aged 18 and over, this may be increased up to four inhalations a day.

    If you are a CHILD and have been prescribed two asthma inhalers, the usual dose is two inhalations taken twice a day.

    If symptoms do not improve, do not take extra doses for relief from the Symbicort Turbohaler in one go or self-administer a higher dose that is not controlled by your doctor.

    Common Side Effects of Symbicort Turbohaler

    Possible but less serious side effects of Symbicort Turbohaler are:

  • Hoarseness and throat irritation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Change in taste
  • Feeling sick or nauseous
  • Headache
  • A yeast infection in the mouth (This is less likely if you rinse your mouth out with water after using the inhaler)
  • In case of serious side effects, stop taking treatment and call a doctor for symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Being sick or vomiting
  • Blurred vision or other visionary obscurities
  • Slow or slurred speech
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • In addition, it had been reported for high doses taken over prolonged periods of time, it is possible with this medicine for side effects. There is a risk of possible side effects such as clouding of the lens of the eye, bone thinning and reduced vision.

    It is possible that you are allergic to some of the ingredients in this medication. Please tell your doctor at once if you show signs of an allergic reaction such as:

  • Skin rash
  • Breathing problems
  • Inflammation of the legs, arms, face, lips, throat, or tongue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Confusion or anxiety
  • If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, stop using Symbicort Turbohaler and tell your doctor right away.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Is Symbicort Turbohaler suitable for Children?

    Symbicort Turbohaler is not recommended to be used by children who are younger than 6 years old.

    Do I need a prescription?

    Yes. Corticosteroid inhalers are only available on prescription.

    I’m pregnant. Can I use Symbicort Turbohaler?

    Consult your doctor first before using this medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you suspect you are pregnant.

    What happens if I miss a dose?

    If you forget to take your prescribed dose at the right time, take your recommended amount of medicine as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, take treatment when it is time to use your inhaler again and continue with your regular treatment. Never double dose to make up for the missed last dose.

    What happens if I take too much?

    It is important to never increase or decrease the number of inhalations unless your doctor tells you to. Always use this medication in accordance with your prescription. If you have accidentally inhaled more puffs than intended or than what is recommended, please call your doctor.

    If you do not seem to be getting better or become more wheezy, short of breath and you need to take more puffs from your ‘reliever’ than usual, you should check with your doctor to ensure you are being administered the correct dosage and treatment.

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