Symbicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol)

Symbicort Turbuhaler

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Symbicort Turbuhaler is indicated for the following conditions:


  • Symbicort Turbuhaler is indicated for adults and adolescents 12 years and older for regular treatment of asthma where the combined use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting 2 adrenoceptor agonists (LABA) is appropriate.
  • It is also indicated in children with moderate asthma aged 6 years for regular maintenance treatment with a separate rapid-acting bronchodilator as rescue. However, it is not intended for the initial management of asthma and is not appropriate for patients with severe asthma.
  • Symbicort Turbuhaler is also indicated as a reliever therapy for adults and adolescents (12 years and older) with mild asthma.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):

  • Symbicort Turbuhaler is indicated in adults, aged 18 years and older, for the symptomatic treatment of patients with COPD with forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) <70% predicted normal (post-bronchodilator) and an exacerbation history despite regular bronchodilator therapy.

Symbicort Turbuhaler is a combined corticosteroid and bronchodilator inhaler used to reduce inflammation in the lungs and open the airways in asthma and COPD.


  • The starting dose of Symbicort Turbuhaler is based on the control of symptoms. After asthma symptoms are controlled, the dose is adjusted to the lowest regular dose that prevents asthma symptoms.
  • The medication is inhaled into the lungs through the mouth using the Turbuhaler device. Your healthcare provider will demonstrate the proper usage of the device. If unsure about how to use the device, ask your healthcare provider.
  • Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. 
  • Regular daily use of this medication is important for its effectiveness, even when not experiencing any symptoms.
  • This medication should be stored at room temperature with the cover on tight and kept out of the reach of children.
  • If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible, but if it's almost time for the next dose, the missed dose should be skipped. 
  • Many factors can affect the dose of medication needed, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. Therefore, any changes to the prescribed dosage should be made only after consulting with a healthcare provider.


  • Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Common Side Effects:

  • Throat pain or irritation
  • White patches in the mouth or throat
  • Stomach discomfort and vomiting
  • Flu symptoms
  • Cold symptoms such as stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sinus pain, and sore throat

Other Possible Side Effects:

  • Back pain
  • Heart-related side effects
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Transient mild tremor and palpitations

Most side effects with Symbicort Turbuhaler are mild to moderate in severity. However, serious side effects can occur while using this medication. If you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects, seek medical advice promptly.

The information provided here is not exhaustive. Refer to the medication's leaflet and consult with a healthcare provider for comprehensive information about the potential side effects of Symbicort Turbuhaler.

Symbicort Turbuhaler is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, some medicines might not be suitable for individuals with asthma or COPD, and certain medications such as beta-blockers should not generally be taken by people using Symbicort Turbuhaler, as they can cause the airways to narrow, resulting in breathing difficulties.

Budesonide, one of the active ingredients in Symbicort Turbuhaler, can affect the growth of children. If you notice that your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication, inform your healthcare provider.

Symbicort Turbuhaler is not meant to be used as a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems. It is primarily used for maintenance and relieving therapy.

Abruptly stopping the medication may lead to withdrawal symptoms. Discuss any potential interactions with other medications and the possibility of withdrawal with your healthcare provider.

Before undergoing surgery or emergency treatment, inform your healthcare provider that you are using this medication or have used a corticosteroid taken by mouth within the past 12 months.

The information provided here is not exhaustive. Refer to the patient information leaflet and consult with a healthcare provider for comprehensive information about the warnings and precautions associated with Symbicort Turbuhaler.

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Dry Powder Inhaler

Strength(s): 100/6mcg, 160/4.5mcg, 200/6mcg
Quantities Available: 120, 120, 240, 240, 360
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