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Symbicort Inhaler is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). It is a combination of budesonide and formoterol, both of which are drugs that decrease inflammation in the airways, making it easier for people to breathe. Symbicort Inhaler is one of the most popular medications prescribed by doctors to help manage and improve lung function.
Symbicort Inhaler is used for the maintenance treatment of asthma and COPD and is not intended for the relief of acute bronchospasm or asthma attacks. The combination of budesonide and formoterol helps to prevent symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. It is available as an inhalation aerosol for oral inhalation use and is generally prescribed for patients 6 years of age and older.
Uses and Dosage
To use the Symbicort inhaler, first unscrew the protective cover and hold the inhaler upright by the canister or grip. Load the dose by repeating step 3 from the "To prime" instructions. Do not drop, shake, or breathe into the mouthpiece at this point. Exhale deeply away from the mouthpiece to prepare yourself and bring the mouthpiece gently to your lips. Inhale fully and exhale away from the mouthpiece. Repeat steps 2-8 if you have been prescribed 2 or more doses by your doctor. Always screw the protective cover back onto the inhaler directly after use. Finally, rinse your mouth with water and spit it out.
For asthma maintenance, Budesonide-formoterol 100/6 mcg and 200/6 mcg can be taken orally 1 to 2 times per day. The dose can be temporarily increased to up to 4 inhalations twice daily. For asthma maintenance and reliever therapy, Budesonide-formoterol can be taken orally 1 to 2 times per day, or 2 times per day for one inhalation. An additional inhalation can be used as needed in response to symptoms, but no more than 6 inhalations should be taken at any one time.
Common Side Effects of Symbicort Inhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol):
- Back pain
- Cold symptoms such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sinus pain, sore throat
- Flu symptoms
- Mild allergic reaction
- Mild oral thrush (a yeast infection in your mouth)
- Nasal congestion
- Stomach discomfort
- Throat pain or irritation
- Upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold or sinusitis
- White patches in your mouth or throat
Serious Side Effects of Symbicort Inhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol):
- Blurred and tunnel vision
- Cough with mucus
- Dry mouth
- Eye pain or redness
- Feeling light-headed
- Feeling short of breath
- Flu symptoms - fever, chills, body aches, unusual tiredness
- Fluttering in your chest
- Fruity breath odor
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Irregular heartbeats
- Leg cramps
- Muscle weakness or limp feeling
- Numbness or tingling
- Seeing halos around lights
- Tiredness or weakness
Form and strength
Symbicort Inhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Symbicort Inhaler: Aerosol Inhaler
- 100/6 mcg
- 200/6 mcg
Budesonide/Formoterol: Aerosol Inhaler
- 100/6 mcg
- 200/6 mcg
- 400/6 mcg
- To rephrase the given statement, one could say, the Symbicort inhaler should not be relied upon as a rescue medication or as a replacement for fast-acting inhalers to address sudden and acute symptoms.
- Symbicort inhalers should not be used during rapidly deteriorating episodes of asthma or COPD.
- Patients who are already receiving Symbicort inhalers should not use any additional formoterol or other LABA for any reason.
- Symbicort should not be initiated during rapidly deteriorating episodes of asthma or COPD.
- Symbicort may cause side effects such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and chest pain.
- If you have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medications, you should talk to your doctor before using Symbicort to make sure it is safe for you to use.
- Symbicort may cause paradoxical bronchospasm, which is a sudden and severe worsening of asthma symptoms. If this occurs, stop using Symbicort and seek medical attention immediately.
- Long-term use of high doses of inhaled corticosteroids like the budesonide in Symbicort may increase the risk of reduced bone density, cataracts, and glaucoma.
- People with certain medical conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, or thyroid problems should use caution when using Symbicort and discuss their medical history with their doctor.
- Symbicort may interact with some medications, so inform the doctor about all prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements being used.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women should discuss using Symbicort with their doctor as it may have potential risks to the baby.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Should I expect weight gain or weight loss with SYMBICORT?
SYMBICORT, like other similar medications, can cause weight gain as a side effect. However, weight loss is not a known side effect of SYMBICORT.
How long does it take for SYMBICORT to start working?
Some people may start to experience symptom relief within 15 minutes of taking SYMBICORT, but it can take up to 2 weeks for the medication to reach its full effect.
How often should I use SYMBICORT?
The recommended dose of SYMBICORT is usually twice daily, or as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less than prescribed without consulting your doctor.
Can SYMBICORT be used in children?
SYMBICORT is approved for use in children aged 6 years and older for the treatment of asthma. However, the dosage and frequency of use may vary depending on the child's age and medical history.
What should I do if I miss a dose of SYMBICORT?
If you miss a dose of SYMBICORT, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
It's important to purchase Symbicort Inhaler from verified Canadian pharmacy.