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Symbicort Inhaler is most commonly used as a treatment for wheezing and shortness of breath due to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and emphysem. The inhaler contains both Budesonide and Formoterol as active medical ingredients to help reduce swelling in the airways, and open your air ways helping you breath better.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Use the Symibort Inhaler twice a day, morning and evening. After using the inhaler rinse your mouth out with water without swallowing the rinse water.
If you require more than one inhalation, give your self at least a minute before taking another dose. Other inhaler's can be used along side Symbicort Inhaler. Also allow at least a minute between using other inhalation medications.
You should use this medication regularly to ensure the maximum effect. Symicort does not relieve symptoms immediately, and a back up inhaler should be used in cases of an asthma attack.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Before taking Symbicort Inhaler speak with your doctor about any known allergies. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to blood pressure, heart disease, overactive thyroid, seizures or bone loss. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation you use to avoid interactions with your Symbicort Inhaler.
The medications in the inhaler can change how your body displays infection. Practising good hygiene can help prevent infections. Your immune system may be less effective while using Symbicort Inhaler. Avoid contact with people who have transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox.
Do not attempting to take apart the inhaler to clean the device. Instead use a cloth to remove excess build up on the mouth piece to ensure good working order.
Common side effects: headache, throat irritation, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, back pain, stuffy nose, muscle or joint pain, or changes in your voice.
More serious side effects: white patches on tongue or in mouth, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), mental/mood changes (such as nervousness), trouble sleeping, vision problems (such as blurred vision), increased thirst or urination, muscle cramps, or shaking (tremors).
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in additional treatment. For any serious side effects speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stopping taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?
A: This medication can take time to reach maximum effect and is not meant as a relief for a sudden asthma attack. Roughly one week will have you feeling the maximum effect.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if both drugs can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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