What is Symbicort Inhaler?
Symbicort Inhaler is a brand-name prescription medication used in the treatment of asthma in adults and children aged 6 years and older. It is also prescribed as a maintenance treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a combination of two active ingredients: budesonide and formoterol.
The drug is delivered in a spray that is inhaled orally. Budesonide belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids; it helps decrease irritation in the lungs. Formoterol belongs to a class of drugs called long-acting beta2-agonists; it helps open up the airways.
Symbicort Inhaler Information
The Symbicort Inhaler dosage will vary according to your doctor’s assessment. This evaluation may depend on the type or severity of your condition, age, and lung function during treatment. The inhaler releases the medication in premeasured puffs in suspension or powder dosage forms.
It comes in strengths of 80 mcg budesonide/4.5 mcg formoterol and 160 mcg budesonide/4.5 mcg formoterol. Each inhaler contains either 60 or 120 puffs.
For asthma, the typical dosage is 2 inhalations and the strength will depend on the severity of your symptoms. The dosage for COPD is 2 inhalations twice daily of Symbicort Inhaler 160/4.5. It is administered in the morning and evening, approximately 12 hours apart.
Symbicort Inhaler combines the action of budesonide as an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and formoterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). These drugs represent two classes of medication that have different effects.
Budesonide helps to decrease inflammation in the lungs which helps ease breathing; it exhibits potent glucocorticoid activity and weak mineralocorticoid activity. Formoterol is used in COPD and asthma to help the muscles around the airways in your lungs to stay relaxed; it acts locally in the lung as a bronchodilator. This prevents wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
Symbicort Inhaler is used as a treatment for asthma or COPD. Asthma is a condition in which your airways become inflamed or irritated. COPD is a group of lung conditions that include bronchitis and emphysema.
When the muscles around the airways are tightened, it makes it hard to breathe and wheezing can become fatal. Symbicort Inhaler is used for patients with symptoms that cannot be controlled by an ICS alone and whose severity of disease needs a LABA combined with an ICS.
It is used to control and prevent symptoms of lung disease and wheezing or shortness of breath. When LABA is used alone, it can increase the risk of serious asthma-related problems. However, when used with ICS it decreases the risks of unwanted effects. It must be used daily for maximum effectiveness.
Before using Symbicort Inhaler, tell your doctor if you have allergies to medications. It is important to include any information about your medications or other medical conditions.
Symbicort Inhaler should be monitored in patients with a medical history of infections, high blood pressure, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, seizures, osteoporosis, eye problems, diabetes, liver disease, and aneurysms. It may also affect pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is only used if symptoms of asthma aren't controlled by a low or medium-dose ICS.
Always read and understand the patient information guide provided with the product before you begin taking treatment. When you buy Symbicort Inhaler online from Your Canada Drug Store, we always send the products in the manufacturer’s packaging.
Symbicort Inhaler can mask signs of infection and make you more likely to get infections or worsen any current infections such as chickenpox, measles, and pneumonia; this is due to possible immunosuppression. Therefore, inform your doctor if you become exposed to an infection. It may cause localized infections of the mouth and pharynx with Candida albicans, which is why it is advised to rinse the mouth after inhalation.
This may cause irregular heartbeat and QT prolongation. Inform your doctor immediately of side effects such as severe sweating, diarrhea, white patches on the mouth or tongue and vomiting. Your doctor will evaluate the use of Symbicort Inhaler based on these factors. Do not stop or change the dosage of your medication without your doctor's approval.
You likely need to carry a rescue inhaler to manage sudden symptoms. This will not act quickly enough to treat asthma attacks.
Rinse your mouth with water after taking your dose to avoid thrush. This occurs when medication is left in the mouth and throat after use. Do not swallow the rinse water.
- respiratory tract infections
- Back pain
- Nasal congestion
- Stomach discomfort
- Oral thrush
- throat irritation
This is not a complete list of potential side effects. Report side effects to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable, call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. We also have a pharmacist that can provide counselling when you buy Symbicort Inhaler online.
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Symbicort Inhaler FAQs
Symbicort Inhaler may cause complications in those with cardiovascular disease, including increased blood pressure. Excessive beta-adrenergic stimulation by formoterol (an active ingredient of Symbicort Inhaler) is responsible for this effect. Patients with cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure may need to regularly monitor their blood pressure during treatment.
Symbicort Inhaler should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks of fetal harm. Consult a healthcare provider before using this while pregnant.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. You require your doctor's approval prior to buying or using prescription drugs sold here. We do have a pharmacist on staff if your doctor is unavailable to provide medical advice when you buy Symbicort Inhaler online. Do not use the information here to ignore or contradict advice provided by a licensed medical professional. Always seek medical advice if you have any questions or concerns about this medication.