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What is Symbicort Turbuhaler prescribed for?
This medication is used to control and prevent symptoms caused by asthma or ongoing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases that cause obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms consist of: breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production and wheezing. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and a variety of other conditions. It is estimated that about 30 million people in the United States have COPD, and as many as half are unaware that they have it. Bronchitis and Emphysema are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD.
When you have Bronchitis, your bronchial tubes become inflamed and narrowed and your lungs produce more mucus, which can further block the narrowed tubes. You develop a chronic cough trying to clear your airways.
Emphysema occurs when the walls between the air sacs in your lungs become damaged and lose their elasticity. As the walls of the air sacs also sustain damage, instead of many tiny air sacs, there are fewer but larger ones that reduce the amount of gas exchange.
Medications, supplemental oxygen therapy, and surgery are some forms of treatment and generally improve quality of life.
How does Symbicort Inhaler work?
Symbicort Turbuhaler is a dry-powder inhaler that contains a combination of Budesonide and Formoterol to prevent flare-ups or worsening of COPD symptoms. It comes in a special inhaler device that is designed to be easier to use than standard inhalers, and it contains measured doses of the medication. Budesonide is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
Symbicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol) following for purchase at My Drug Center in the following strengths: 80 mcg of budesonide/4.5 mcg of formoterol, 160 mcg of budesonide/4.5 mcg of formoterol, and 320 mcg of budesonide/9 mcg of formoterol.
Before taking Symbicort Turbuhaler, read the label and medication guide or instruction sheet that was provided by your pharmacist. Use the medication exactly as directed. This medication should be used twice a day in the morning and evening.
Rinse and gargle with water to help prevent infections in the mouth after using the inhaler. Never swallow the rinse water. If you have multiple inhalers allow at least a minute between medications taking care to rinse in between.
Make sure you take the Symbicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol) at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. Symbicort should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
You should use this medication regularly to ensure the maximum effect. Symbicort Turbuhaler 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. Also, you should tell your doctor about any other medications or supplementation you take, whether prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, recreational drugs, and dietary or herbal supplements to avoid interactions with Symbicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol).
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 Turbuhaler. 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.
Side effects are: upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, yeast infections of the mouth or throat (oral thrush), sore throat, dry mouth/nose/throat, stuffy nose, sinus pain, cough, sore throat, hoarseness or deepened voice, and musculoskeletal pain.
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: If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.
Q:What should I avoid while using Symbicort?
A: Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using a steroid such as budesonide.
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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