Symbicort Turbuhaler Information:
Symbicort Turbuhaler (generic name: budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) is a combination inhalation medication for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Symbicort contains the active ingredients budesonide and formoterol Fumarate. Budesonide is a steroid, which works by reducing inflammation in the body. Formoterol Fumarate is a bronchodilator which works by relaxing the muscles in the airways. This helps to improve breathing. Asthma and COPD usually cause symptoms such as feeling heavy in the chest, coughing, struggling to breathe well, sometime painful airways and losing breath easily. These symptoms can often make it difficult for asthma or COPD patients to get involved with heavy exercise; however Symbicort Turbuhaler is designed to enable a more normal lifestyle for patients. In patients with asthma or COPD, the airways become blocked because they become inflamed. Symbicort comes with an inhaler, called the “turbuhaler” which is a fast acting reliever of the symptoms of asthma and COPD, and allows quick action of the drug.
Symbicort Turbuhaler Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Symbicort inhaler including headache, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, dirrhea, back pain, stuffy nose, muscle or joint pain and changes in the voice due to changes in the airways. More serious side effects may include worsening asthma symptoms, chest pain, changes in heartbeat, tremors, nervousness, wheezing, throat irritation, choking, signs of infection (fever, chills, sore throat, flu-like symptoms), blurred vision, white patches/sores on the mouth, high blood pressure, anxiety and confusion. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
Symbicort Turbuhaler Directions:
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Symbicort inhaler to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Symbicort comes in aerosol and inhaler form, available in several strengths: Symbicort 100/6 mcg, Symbicort 160/4.5 mcg, Symbicort 200/6 mcg, Symbicort 400/12 mcg. Before using the inhaler, you must first prime the device by testing it into the air. Turbuhaler Symbicort should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat. The inhaler device has an indicator to warn you when there are 10 doses left.
Symbicort Turbuhaler Precautions:
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Symbicort, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, seizure disorders, diabetes, herpes of the eyes, tuberculosis (TB), any active infections, an electrolyte imbalance or a thyroid disorder. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Symbicort aerosol, including antibiotics, antifungals, diuretics, MAOIs, antidepressants and beta blockers. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Symbicort aerosol may cause harm to unborn and new born babies.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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