• Symbicort Turbohaler: Patient Information

    What is Symbicort?

    • Symbicort Turbohaler is an inhaler. It contains two different medicines: budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.
    • Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called‘corticosteroids’. It works by reducing and preventingswelling and inflammation in your lungs.
    • Formoterol fumarate dihydrate belongs to a groupof medicines called ‘bronchodilators’. It works by relaxing the muscles in your airways. This helps you to breathe more easily.

     

    Who should be treated with Symbicort?

    (1) Symbicort Turbohaler is indicated in the regular treatment of asthma where use of a combination (inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta2-agonist) is appropriate:

    • Patients not adequately controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and “as needed” inhaled short-acting beta2-agonists. Or
    • Patients already adequately controlled on both inhaled corticosteroids and long acting beta2-agonists.

    (2) Symptomatic treatment of patients with severe COPD (FEV1 < 50% predicted normal) and a history of repeated exacerbations, who have significant symptoms despite regular therapy with long-acting bronchodilators.

     

    What are the regular doses of Symbicort?

    Use Symbicort as maintenance therapy:

    • Adults (18 years and older):1-2 inhalation twice daily.
    • Adolescents (12 – 17 years):1-2 inhalations twice daily.
    • Children (6 years and older): A lower strength is available for children 6-11 years.

     

    What form(s) does this medication come in?

    Symbicort 100 Turbuhaler: Each dry powder inhaler contains: budesonide 100 µg and formoterol fumarate dihydrate 6 µg per dose.

    Symbicort 200 Turbuhaler: Each dry powder inhaler contains: budesonide 200 µg and formoterol fumarate dihydrate 6 µg per dose.

     

    Who should NOT take this medication?

    Budesonide – formoterol turbuhaler should not be used by anyone who is allergic to budesonide, formoterol, or inhaled lactose.

    What are the possible side effects?

    • If either of the following happen to you, stop using Symbicort Turbohaler and talk to your doctor immediately:
      • Swelling of your face, particularly around your mouth
      • Hives together with difficulty breathing and/or sudden feeling of faintness.
    • Sudden wheezing after inhaling your medicine. This happens very rarely, affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people.
    • Palpitations (awareness of your heart beating), tremblingor shaking.
    • Thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth.
    • Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice.
    • Headache.

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