Generic Name: budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate
Drug Class: corticosteroid and long-acting beta 2-adrenergic agonist
Symbicort Turbuhaler is an oral prescription inhaler used to treat asthma. It is also prescribed as a maintenance treatment among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
This is available in Symbicort Turbuhaler 200/6 mcg (equivalent to Symbicort turbuhaler 160 4.5 mcg), 100/6 mcg (equivalent to 80/4.5 mcg), and 400/12 mcg (equivalent to 320/9 mcg).
Symbicort Turbuhaler Mechanism of Action
This inhalation has two actions. First, it acts on multiple cell types and mediators that are responsible for inflammation. It works directly in the lungs by reducing the swelling of the airways to make breathing easier. Second, it stimulates intracellular adenyl cyclase, which converts adenosine triphosphate to cyclic adenosine monophosphate. An increase in cyclic AMP levels may relax bronchial smooth muscle and inhibit the release of immediate hypersensitivity mediators.
Symbicort Turbuhaler – How to Use
Before you start using this prescription product, you must read the drug information leaflet or brochure that comes with it. Do not use this oral inhaler unless you thoroughly understand all the information and instructions. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
This is often given once or twice a day. Remember to use the inhaler at the same time each day. Make a dosing schedule so you don’t miss your doses. Do not increase/decrease your Symbicort Turbuhaler dosage or use this inhaler more frequently than prescribed. Avoid using this product if you are using a quick-relief inhaler.
Step-by-step Guide on how to use Symbicort Turbuhaler:
- Unscrew to remove the cover.
- Check the dose counter of the inhaler.
- Hold the inhaler in an upright manner and twist the grip at the base. Twist it around until a click is heard.
- Exhale through the mouth and away from your inhaler.
- Put the mouthpiece inside your mouth, between your teeth, and seal your lips on it. Be careful not to block the vent.
- Inhale deeply and hold your breath.
- Remove the Turbuhaler from your mouth.
- Once again, exhale away from the inhaler.
- If you are prescribed to administer two puffs, repeat steps 3-8.
- Replace the cover of the inhaler.
Symbicort Turbuhaler Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
-Changes in voice
Severe Side Effects:
-White patches in the mouth
-Worsening breathing problems
-Persistent sore throat
-Mental or mood changes
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Symbicort Turbuhaler.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue medication and call your doctor or any healthcare professional.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not use Symbicort Turbuhaler if you have a known allergy to budesonide, formoterol, milk proteins, or any inactive ingredients it may contain. You should be aware of any sign of a serious allergic reaction, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives, and skin rashes. If this occurs, discontinue taking the medication and seek emergency medical attention.
Symbicort Turbuhaler may be contraindicated for people with a history of any recent infection, heart problem, eye problem, osteoporosis, hyperthyroidism, liver problem, high blood pressure, diabetes, seizure disorder, and depression. It is important to discuss all the prescription, nonprescription, herbal, and supplement medications you are taking with your doctor due to the possibility of drug interactions.
This inhaler can cause QT prolongation, which could be considered a medical emergency. Symptoms are severe dizziness and fainting. Staying hydrated and avoiding water pills can help prevent this. You should also be monitored for low magnesium and potassium levels in the blood, as they may also lead to QT prolongation.
A weakened defense system can be caused by the use of steroids. Symbicort Turbuhaler can possibly mask signs of infection or make you more likely to get an infection. Do not come in contact with people who have or have recently acquired infection, such as flu, chickenpox, or measles.
Talk to your doctor about the potential risks of this product to unborn children and breastfeeding infants if you are pregnant/breastfeeding.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Symbicort Turbuhaler used for?
This oral inhaler is prescribed to relieve asthma symptoms. This is also prescribed to manage COPD among patients who are 18 years of age and above.
Is Symbicort Turbuhaler a steroid?
This inhalation contains budesonide and formoterol. The budesonide component of Symbicort Turbuhaler is classified as a corticosteroid.
Can I use a Symbicort Turbuhaler occasionally?
This oral inhalation should be used as a maintenance treatment. This means that you must use this inhaler every day.
Is Symbicort better than Ventolin?
Ventolin is used as a rescue inhaler, whereas Symbicort is not indicated for acute bronchospasm. However, Symbicort Turbuhaler can improve asthma with continuous use.
How safe is Symbicort Turbuhaler?
This inhaler is both safe and effective. Make sure to use this exactly as directed and precisely as prescribed by your doctor.
Can you buy Symbicort Turbuhaler over the counter?
You cannot purchase this oral inhalation over the counter. You can only buy this product by prescription.