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The Symbicort Inhaler contains two drugs: formoterol and budesonide. It is intended for regular use as a long-term maintenance treatment for the prevention or decreasing of wheezing and trouble breathing caused by ongoing lung disease or asthma. It decreases swelling and relaxes muscles in the airway to ease breathing. Learn to use this medication properly before beginning use.
To prevent breathing problems this medication must be used regularly. Symbicort can be prescribed to treat sudden breathing problems due to asthma, even though formoterol is generally used for a slower longer-lasting effect. Your doctor may instruct you to use this product or a different rescue inhaler. This product should not be used for sudden breathing problems if you have COPD.
For sudden COPD breathing problems ,your doctor will instruct you to use a different inhaler. Always carry a quick-relief inhaler with you. Long acting beta agonists (such as formoterol), when used alone, may rarely increase your risk of serious breathing problems related to asthma. Combination inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists (such as this product) do not increase the risk of asthma-related breathing problems.
This product should be used for asthma treatment when your breathing problems are not already well controlled with one asthma-control medication or if your symptoms require combination treatment.
Whenever you start or refill this medication ensure you read the pharmacist provided Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use. For proper use of this medication follow the illustrated directions. Use this medication once or twice daily, as directed by your doctor. Your dosage will be based on your medical condition and responsiveness to treatment and regular use will yield the most benefit. Symbicort works best if you use it at evenly spaced times, use at the same times each day to help you remember. Do not adjust how often or how much of this medication you take or stop use without consulting your doctor. Avoid other long-acting beta-agonists while using Symbicort.
If you have been prescribed this medication for quick relief from asthma attacks and your symptoms persist after the first inhalation you can use another inhalation after a few minutes. Do not exceed 6 inhalations for the treatment of one asthma attack, and seek medical attention immediately if symptoms persist or worsen. Never shake the Symbicort Inhaler. Use the inhaler by holding it upright, unscrew the cover and lift it off, then load the inhaler with one dose by turning the grip all the way in one direction and doing the same in the other direction. Turn your mouth away from the mouthpiece and breathe out (never breathe out into the inhaler).
Then place the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips. Do not bite or chew the mouthpiece. Deeply and forcefully inhale this medication through your mouth. Upon inhaling you may or may not feel/taste the drug. Take the inhaler away from your mouth before breathing out. If you are prescribed multiple inhalations wait 1 minute between inhalations and repeat these steps. After using the inhaler ensure you’ve replaced the cover properly. If you accidentally shake, drop, or breathe into the inhaler after it is loaded you will lose your dose. If this happens ensure you use another dose before inhaling. If you also use other inhalers wait at least a minute between medications and use Symicort last.
Gargle and rinse your mouth with clean water after the use of this medication to prevent mouth infections and dryness and relieve throat irritation, do not swallow this rinse water. Clean your inhaler by taking a dry tissue and wiping the outside of the mouthpiece once a week, you do not need to use water or any liquid to clean the inhaler. Do not take apart your Symbicort Inhaler. Do not adjust your dosage or stop this or any medication without consulting your doctor first, they will help you reduce your dose gradually.
If you have been using Salbutamol or another quick-relief inhaler on a daily schedule you should stop this schedule and only use the medication for sudden shortness of breath or asthma attacks, consult with your health care professional for details.
If you notice this medication stops working well or you find yourself needing your quick-relief inhaler more than usual seek medical attention as soon as possible. It could be a sign your asthma is getting worse which is very serious. Learn which inhalers are for daily use and which are for when your breathing suddenly worsens.
Ensure you’ve asked your doctor ahead of time what to do if you experience a new or worsening cough or shortness of breath, increased sputum, worsening peak flow meter readings, wheezing, waking up with trouble breathing, if your quick-relief inhaler doesn’t seem to be working well or if you have to use it more often than twice a week. Learn when you can treat sudden breathing issues yourself and when to seek medical attention.
It could be a week or more before you notice the full benefits of this drug if your condition does not improve or gets worse talk to your doctor.
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