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Symbicort Turbohaler

Symbicort turbohaler is a medicine used by patients with asthma. The turbohaler contains two medicines which work together to reduce and prevent symptoms caused by asthma which can include swelling and inflammation in the airways of the lungs. This medicine also helps to open up the airways in order to make breathing easier, minimising the risk of breathing difficulties in the future for the patient.

Symbicort turbohaler is traditionally a ‘preventer’ inhaler and may be prescribed alongside another inhaler which would be used as an emergency response if symptoms of an asthma attack do occur. Alternatively, some patients may be prescribed Symbicort as the only inhaler they use, since some patients can use this treatment as both a ‘preventer’ and a ‘reliever’ inhaler.

Last Patient Information Leaflet Review Date: 13/05/2020

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  • You should use this medication at the same time each day
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Symbicort Turbohaler explained

Symbicort Turbohaler is an inhaler which can be used by adults, adolescents and children (aged 6 or above) to treat asthma. This treatment works as a ‘preventer’ inhaler, meaning it is used on a regular basis to allow the lungs to breathe easily and prevent symptoms of an asthma attack from occurring.

A different type of inhaler known as a ‘reliever’ inhaler may be prescribed alongside Symbicort as an emergency response in case an asthma attack does occur. Some patients, however, can use Symbicort turbohaler like a preventer inhaler if asthma symptoms do flare up. Such patients are therefore only prescribed this treatment for their asthma and they do not need a separate inhaler alongside it.

How does Symbicort Turbohaler treat asthma?

Symbicort turbohaler contains two medicines which benefit patients with asthma. One of these medicines is called budesonide, and it belongs to a group of medicines known as ‘corticosteroids’. It is able to reduce and prevent swelling and inflammation of the lungs.

The other medicine featured in the turbohaler is formoterol fumarate dihydrate, which is classed as a ‘long-acting beta adrenoceptor agonist’ or ‘bronchodilator’. This ingredient is used to help relax the muscles in your airways, which makes it easier for air to come in and out of your lungs.

Who can use Symbicort Turbohaler?

If you have asthma, then Symbicort turbohaler may be prescribed to you either on its own or alongside a separate ‘reliever’ inhaler. It does, however, depend on how strong your symptoms are and if there are any medical circumstances which could mean alternative treatment is required. For instance, if you are considered to have severe asthma, then ‘regular’ asthma treatments from inhalers may not be considered adequate.

Assuming your asthma is not severe, you will still need to speak to your doctor or local pharmacist about health conditions which could cause complications in regards using Symbicort. It is particularly important to talk to your doctor/local pharmacist if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are diabetic
  • You have a lung infection
  • You have high blood pressure or you have ever had a heart problem
  • You have problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands
  • You have low levels of potassium in your blood
  • You have severe liver problems
  • You experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances

If any of these factors apply to you, then you may not be suitable for taking Symbicort, but you should check with your doctor or local pharmacist first if it is usable and whether your dose may need adjusting. You should also mention any other medicines which you are currently taking to your doctor or local pharmacist before you start using Symbicort turbohaler.

Certain medicines can clash with the effects of asthma treatments like Symbicort. For that reason, it’s particularly important to say if you are taking any of the following:

  • Beta-blocker medicines
  • Any medicines taken for a fast or uneven heartbeat
  • Medicines like digoxin which are used to treat heart failure
  • Diuretics (also known as water tablets) which treat high blood pressure
  • Steroid medicines taken orally
  • Xanthine medicines which are used to treat asthma
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Phenothiazine medicines
  • HIV-protease inhibitors
  • Any medicines for Parkinson’s disease
  • Any medicines for thyroid problems
  • Any medicines for treating infections

Dosage instructions for Symbicort Turbohaler 100, 200 and 400

Symbicort turbohaler is available in a few different strengths – 100/6 micrograms, 200/6 micrograms and 400/12 micrograms (per delivered dose). Your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or patient information leaflet can provide instructions on how to use your inhaler device properly and you can refer back to any of these options if you need a reminder.

The exact dosage instructions you will be given can vary depending on things like your age and whether or not this will be the only inhaler device you will be using.

When you are using Symbicort and a separate ‘reliever’ inhaler, the usual dose for Symbicort is 1 or 2 inhalations, twice a day. If you are a child aged 6 to 11, then 2 inhalations twice a day are required. This medication is not suitable for children aged below 6.

If you are prescribed Symbicort as your only inhaler, then you usually take 2 inhalations twice a day. You could choose to take 1 inhalation in the morning and one in the evening, or take 2 inhalations in the morning/evening. When using Symbicort as a ‘reliever’ inhaler (in response to asthma symptoms flaring up), take 1 inhalation and wait a few minutes. If you do not feel better after a few minutes have passed, then take another inhalation. Do not take more than 6 inhalations at a single time.

Can Symbicort Turbohaler cause side effects?

As is the case with other medicines, it is possible that Symbicort turbohaler could cause side effects, but not all patients notice them. The most common side effects reported by users of this medicine include the following:

  • Palpitations, trembling or shaking. These effects are usually mild and only occur in the early days of using this medication.
  • Thrush (fungal infection) in the mouth
  • Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice
  • Headache

Other side effects are possible but far less common. If you have any side effects which are particularly severe or prolonged, then you should report this to your doctor or nearest hospital emergency department right away.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage Instructions
Inhale ONE or TWO puffs twice a day.
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