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Symbicort contains both Budesonide and Formoterol to help relieve wheezing and shortness of breath brought on by cases of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Budesonide is a inhaled corticoseteroid that helps reduce swelling and irritation in the airway. Formoterol is a long-acting beta agonist that helps open the body's airs ways to help you breath easy.
Before using Symbicort read the paper work and instructions given to you by your pharmacist. This medication is inhaled twice a day with roughly 12 hours given between inhalations. Typically this can be done by taking a dose in the morning and in the evening. Rinse your mouth out with water after using the Symbicort inhaler to prevent infection in the mouth. Never swallow the rinse water.
If you are prescribed more than one puff form the inhaler, allow at least one minute between inhalations. If you are using other inhalers at the same time as Symbicort, then you should also allow at least a minute before using different inhalation medications.
Symbicort should be used regularly to ensure maximum effectiveness. This medication does not work right away and can take upwards to a week to feel the full effect. A back up inhaler should be used in case of a sudden attack.
Check with your doctor about current medications and other inhalers before knowing if Symbicort is right for you. Mixing other long-acting beta agonist can increase the potential of side effects.
There is a risk of developing problems with heart rhythm (QT prolongation). Speak with your doctor about any known allergies and prior medical conditions relating to blood pressure, heart disease, overactive thyroid, seizures or bone loss. Go over any medication you are currently taking before deciding if Symbicort is right for you.
Symbicort can prevent your body from showing signs of infection. Make sure to practice good hygiene by washing your hands to prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Take care to avoid contact with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox as your body's immunizations/vaccinations may be less effective while using Symbicort.
It is important that you do not dissemble the inhaler in order to clean it. All that is required to maintain the inhaler is to clean the mouthpiece one a week with a cloth to remove any reside build up.
Some side can include:
awareness of heartbeat or fast heartbeat
irritation of the mouth or throat
restlessness or nervousness
More serious side effects are:
bone pain or fractures
fast or irregular heartbeat
mood or mental changes
signs of depression (e.g., poor concentration, changes in weight, changes in sleep, decreased interest in activities, thoughts of suicide)
skin rash or hives all over the body
symptoms of cataracts
symptoms of high blood sugar
symptoms of pneumonia
symptoms of too much corticosteroid in the body
unusual colour, amount, or consistency of phlegm
white patches in the mouth or throat (thrush)
If you experience severity in any common side effects speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing the side effects. Consult with your doctor right away if you are experiencing and serious sides effects.
Q: Do I loose my immunity when I use Symbicort?
A: You should not loose your immunity after using Symbicort, but your body may have difficulty showing signs of infection during treatment with this medication. Therefore, it's important to practice good hygiene and avoid being around people with transmittable diseases while using Symbicort. Avoid receiving any vaccinations while being treated with this medication. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about how your immune system works during treatment with Symbicort.
Q: How do I store Symbicort?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature and should be kept away from children and pets. Avoid contact with extreme heat and open flame. Dispose of the inhaler when the counter reads zero and contact a local pharmacist if you are uncertain on how to safely dispose of the inhaler.
Q: I am using more than one inhaler is this ok?
A: Yes, it is safe to use multiple inhalers. Symbicort provides long lasting relief from asthma symptoms, but does not work right away. It is advised to have a back up inhaler for immediate relief in case of an attack. Be sure that if you have more than one inhaler that you have only one long-acting beta agonist, otherwise you will risk an increase in side effects and other challenges. Consult with your doctor regarding the use of multiple inhalers during your treatment with Symbicort.
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