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Symbicort Turbuhaler
(Budesonide/Formoterol)

Formulation : Dry Powder Inhaler

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Budesonide/Formoterol
(Generic alternative to Symbicort Turbuhaler)

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What is Symbicort Turbuhaler /Budesonide/Formoterol used for?

Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) is a medication used to prevent bronchospasm in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma. It works by reducing inflammation and relaxing muscle in the airways for better breathing.

How should Symbicort Turbuhaler /Budesonide/Formoterol be stored?

Store at room temperature. Keep away from open flames, high heat, light, moisture, children and pets. When the inhaler is not is use, keep the cover on the inhaler. It is not recommended to burn or puncture an empty inhaler canister.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Symbicort Turbuhaler/Budesonide/Formoterol ?

Read the directions on the prescription label. Do not take larger or more frequent doses than prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication as directed on the label or by your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider. If this is the first time you are using the inhaler, prime the inhaler by shaking the inhaler device and spray the inhaler 2 times into the air and away from your face to test the inhaler. Make sure you do this if you have not used it for 7 days or longer, or if the inhaler was dropped. Shake the inhaler canister for a minimum of 5 seconds before each spray. Read the instructions that came with Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) for safe and effective use. If you have recently had an asthma attack, was under stress, became ill, or are having surgery your doctor may change your dose. Also, contact your doctor if your asthma medications are not working properly or as well as usual because an increased need for asthma medication may be an early sign of a serious asthma attack. Do not suddenly stop using Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) because you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Regular doctor visits to have your eyes checked for cataract or glaucoma will be mandatory. It is important not to miss any scheduled appointments. The Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) inhaler does not need to be cleaned. Do not take the inhaler apart. Discard the inhaler once the medication runs out. When there are only 10 doses left, the dose indicator will turn red. Make sure your prescription is refilled before the medication runs out completely.

When should Symbicort Turbuhaler /Budesonide/Formoterol not be taken?

Do not use Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) to treat an already started asthma attack because it does not work fast enough to treat the asthma attack. Also, do not use Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) if you are allergic to formoterol such as Foradil or Perforomist; or budesonide including Entocort, Pulmicort, Rhinocort. Do not use more than prescribed by your doctor because you may increase your risk of an asthma related death.

What precautions should I follow when taking Symbicort Turbuhaler /Budesonide/Formoterol ?

Before taking Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol), inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding; are taking prescription or over the counter medication, herbal preparation, or dietary supplements; if you have any allergies to drugs; if you have diabetes, tuberculosis, a thyroid disorder, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, heart disease or high blood pressure, herpes infection of the eyes, an active infection, or a metabolic disorder such as low potassium levels in your blood.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Symbicort Turbuhaler /Budesonide/Formoterol ?

Patients using Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) may also be prescribed with a combination of other asthma medications. It is important to use all your medications prescribed to you to best treat your condition. If Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) is prescribed to a child, the medication can affect the child's growth. Let your doctor know if you notice your child is not growing at a normal rate. This medication is not recommended for children under the age of 12. When using Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol) for a long period of time, you may experience bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, lack exercise, poor nutrition, and family history of osteoporsis.

When should Symbicort Turbuhaler /Budesonide/Formoterol not be taken?

Severe: Worsening asthma symptoms; white patches or sores in your mouth or throat; blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, nervousness; wheezing, throat irritation, choking, or other breathing problems after using Symbicort (Budsonide/Formoterol); signs of infection such as chillds, fever, flu symptoms, sore throat, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; or dangerously high blood pressure symptoms including blurred vision, anxiety, severe headache, buzzing in your ears, chest pain, uneven heartbeats, confusion, shortness of breath, or seizure.

Common: Headache; back pain; joint or muscle pain; changes in your voice; sore throat, stuffy nose; back pain, muscle cramps; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach.

Other: None.

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