Common Name: budesonide - formoterol turbuhaler
How does Symbicort work?This medication is used for the treatment of asthma. It has two active ingredients: budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide belongs to the group of medications known as corticosteroids. It helps to control the symptoms of asthma and prevent asthma attacks by reducing the swelling in the airways of the lungs. Formoterol belongs to the group of medications known as bronchodilators. It helps to control asthma by keeping the airways open to make breathing easier. When used regularly, this medication can reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks. It will not relieve an asthma attack once it has already started. Regular daily use is important for its effectiveness. Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
How should I use Symbicort?The recommended dose for adults and adolescents over 12 years of age is one to two inhalations once or twice daily. Do not use this medication to relieve an asthma attack once it has started. If you experience an asthma attack, use your fast-acting "reliever" medication (e.g., salbutamol). Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor. It is very important that this medication be used on a regular schedule as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, check with your health care professional. Do not double-up on doses.
What form(s) does Symbicort come in?Symbicort Turbuhaler® is available in two strengths. Symbicort 100 Turbuhaler: Each inhalation contains 100 µg budesonide and 6 µg formoterol. The dry powder inhalation device may contain either 60 or 120 inhalations. Symbicort 200 Turbuhaler: Each inhalation contains 200 µg budesonide and 6 µg formoterol. The dry powder inhalation device may contain 60 or 120 inhalations. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose.
What should I NOT take with Symbicort?Budesonide - formoterol turbuhaler should not be used by people who are allergic to budesonide, formoterol, or inhaled lactose.
Are there any other precautions or warnings for Symbicort?Asthma attacks: This medication works by decreasing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. It should not be used to treat an asthma attack that has already started. If you notice the symptoms of an asthma attack, use your short-acting "reliever" medication (e.g., salbutamol) and follow the plan that your doctor has given you. Infections: Thrush infections of the inside of the mouth and throat may occur with use of this medication. If an infection develops, call your doctor. You can reduce the risk of infection by rinsing your mouth out with water after each dose and by practicing good oral hygiene. Medical conditions: People with heart disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes, or thyroid disorders should use this medication with caution. Stopping medication: Do not stop this medication abruptly, as this may cause the condition to get worse. Pregnancy: The safety of this medication has not been established for use during pregnancy. If you are or may become pregnant, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication. Breast-feeding: It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication. Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for children younger than 12 years of age.