Symbicort

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Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate 80/4.5mcg (100/6mcg)/Inh

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Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate 80/4.5mcg (100/6mcg)/Inh

Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate 80/4.5mcg (100/6mcg)/Inh

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  • Metered-Dose Aerosol Inhaler
  • Manufactured by Cipla
  • Product of India • Shipped from India
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Please Note: The US strength is shown as 80/4.5mcg and this product is shown as 100/6mcg. The two products deliver the same amount of active ingredient to the patient.

No brand name is available for Symbicort Inhaler 160/4.5mcg (200/6mcg)/Inh.

Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate 160/4.5mcg (200/6mcg)/Inh

Generic Alternative to Symbicort Inhaler 160/4.5mcg (200/6mcg)/Inh

No brand name is available for Symbicort Inhaler 160/4.5mcg (200/6mcg)/Inh.

Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate 160/4.5mcg (200/6mcg)/Inh

Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate 160/4.5mcg (200/6mcg)/Inh

Generic Alternative to Symbicort Inhaler 160/4.5mcg (200/6mcg)/Inh

  • Metered-Dose Aerosol Inhaler
  • Manufactured by Cipla
  • Product of India • Shipped from India
  • Prescription Required
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Please Note: The US strength is shown as160/4.5mcg and this product is shown as 200/6mcg. The two products deliver the same amount of active ingredient to the patient.

Symbicort Helps to Treat the Following Conditions:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe inflammatory lung diseases. The two most common kinds are chronic bronchitis – which is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes – and emphysema, which is caused by damage to the air sacs of the lungs. COPD is usually caused by the inhalation of pollutants like cigarette smoke, chemical gases and airborne particulate matter.

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung condition in which the airways become inflamed and swollen. Because of this inflammation, the airways tighten and produce extra mucus. Patients often experience symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.

While some patients experience mild symptoms, for others, the disease may have serious symptoms that require careful monitoring and medical treatment.

Marketed Internationally as Symbicort Turbuhaler or Symbicort Forte

Depending on the device used to deliver the medication, patients may be prescribed the Symbicort Turbuhaler or Symbicort Forte.

Symbicort Active Ingredients

Symbicort consists of two active ingredients: budesonide (a corticosteroid) and formoterol (a long-acting beta agonist). Budesonide helps to reduce irritation and swelling of the airways, while formoterol opens the airways to ease breathing.

Symbicort in the News

Budesonide and Formoterol Combination More Effective Than Budesonide Alone

A combination of the medications budesonide and formoterol – whether combined in a single inhaler or taken separately – are more effective at controlling asthma than budesonide alone, according to a study.

Researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinska Hospital divided 362 patients into three groups and randomly assigned them either: a combination of budesonide and formoterol, the two substances separately, or budesonide alone. The study was carried out for 12 weeks and no other asthma medications were allowed.

Treatment with budesonide and formoterol resulted in greater improvements. Patients experienced less symptom-free days and had to use rescue medication less often.

The study was published in the European Respiratory Journal.

Source: https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-budesonide-and-formoterol-combination-more-effective-than-budesonide-alone/20004854.article

Symbicort General Drug Information

Overview

Symbicort is prescribed to prevent wheezing and shortness of breath in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This is a combination medication which patients inhale through a device.

Symbicort contains two active ingredients – the corticosteroid budesonide and formoterol, which belongs to a class of drugs known as long-acting beta agonists. When used alone, medications in this class, may increase the risk of serious and sometimes fatal breathing problems in some asthma patients. However, there is no such risk when long-acting beta agonists are combined with corticosteroids.

In asthma patients, Symbicort is prescribed in cases when the asthma symptoms are not well-controlled by inhaled corticosteroids alone.

Before they start using this medication, patients must ensure they know how to do so properly. The medication should be used regularly in order for it to be effective. It does not alleviate sudden attacks and should not be used in the event these occur. In the event of an asthma attack, patients should use a quick-relief inhaler with medicines such as albuterol.

Warnings

The information on this page is not a replacement for a consultation with a physician who is qualified to treat this condition and prescribe medication. The information is supplied by a third party, independent from this website, and only serves to point out basic information for patients to consider before buying Symbicort online.

The website cannot take responsibility for the reliability or medical efficacy of the information provided. As mentioned above, patients should seek medical attention to ensure effective and safe treatment.

Not all products are shipped by our contracted Canadian pharmacy. The source country, shipping country or drug manufacturer may vary depending on availability.

The website also maintains commercial ties with dispensaries around the world. Products can be sourced from a number of countries. Patients should note that different items within an order can be shipped from different jurisdictions, depending on availability and cost at the time an order was placed.

How to Use Symbicort

Patients should carefully read the medication guide provided (as well as all the illustrated directions) to ensure the proper use of this inhaler before sourcing Symbicort or its generic alternatives online.

First-time inhaler users should follow the instructions for priming it. The same applies if the inhaler is dropped or has not been used for more than seven days. When priming the inhaler, patients should spray away from the face to avoid getting the medication into their eyes.

Before each use, shake the inhaler well for five seconds. The medication is inhaled orally, as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on the patient’s medical condition and their response to treatment. Most patients are prescribed the medication twice a day, usually 12 hours apart. Patients with a prescribed dose of two puffs should wait at least one minute between them.

Those who use other inhalers should wait at least one minute between medications. Symbicort should be used last.

After inhaling your dose, gargle and rinse your mouth with water to help prevent irritation and yeast infections in the mouth and throat. Do not swallow the rinse water.

Patients should clean the inhaler once a week with a dry cloth. The device should not be taken apart.

It may take a week or longer for patients to experience the full benefit of Symbicort. Patients should alert their doctor in the event their symptoms persist or worsen.

Patients should use Symbicort regularly to get the most benefit from it. The medication works best if used at evenly-spaced times. To prevent forgetting, patients should use the medication at the same times each day. Patients should not increase their dose or use Symbicort more often than prescribed. Do not use this medication while using other long-acting beta agonists. You should only stop this medication after consulting with your treating physician.

Patients who regularly take a different oral corticosteroid like prednisone should continue doing so unless directed otherwise by their doctor. In the event such drugs are stopped suddenly, patients may experience withdrawal symptoms such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, and dizziness. Such patients are usually directed to reduce the dose of their old medication slowly, in order to avoid withdrawal reactions.

Those who regularly use a quick-relief inhaler such as Albuterol (also known as salbutamol) should stop. Quick-relief inhalers should only be used for sudden shortness of breath and/or sudden asthma attacks. Consult your doctor for more details.

Patients should learn the difference between inhalers for daily use (controller drugs) and those which should only be used in the event of attacks (quick-relief drugs). Ask your doctor what you should do to manage the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, and worsening peak flow meter readings.

Patients who wake at night with breathing issues should alert their doctor. The same applies to those using their quick-relief inhaler more than two days a week, or who notice that their quick-relief inhaler does not seem to be working effectively.

It is important to learn when you can treat sudden breathing problems by yourself and when you must seek immediate medical attention.

Precautions

Before starting treatment, patients need to discuss the possibility of allergic reactions to budesonide and formoterol – the two main ingredients of this medication – or to any of its inactive ingredients.

It is vital to discuss the patient’s medical history, especially past or current infections like tuberculosis, herpes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, seizures, liver disease, and diabetes.

Additionally, patients should discuss issues with irregular heartbeat, chest pain, heart attacks, eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, etc.), and hyperthyroidism. Conditions such as aneurysm and pheochromocytoma should also be discussed.

Formoterol may cause a serious – and possibly fatal – heart rhythm condition known as QT prolongation. Symptoms include fast and irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, and fainting. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of the above symptoms.

The risk of QT prolongation is higher for people who take other medications which affect this condition, or who have certain medical conditions such as heart failure, slow heartbeat, and long QT intervals (shown in electrocardiograms). The risk is higher for people with a family history of QT prolongation, long QT intervals, or sudden cardiac death.

Low potassium and magnesium blood levels also increase risk of QT prolongation. This may occur if patients take diuretic pills or experience conditions like severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Symbicort and its generic alternatives may mask signs of infection, making patients more susceptible to infections. Safety precautions include regular hand washing and avoiding contact with people who have infections like the flu, chickenpox, or measles.

Patients who have switched from an oral corticosteroid to this inhaler within the past year may find that their body has a harder time responding to physical stress. The same applies for patients using this product in higher-than-usual doses for an extended period of time.

It is important to report unusual tiredness or extreme weight loss to the treating physician immediately. Patients with serious injuries or illnesses – or who or are about to undergo emergency treatment or surgery – need to alert their doctor that they have used Symbicort or an oral corticosteroid within the past year. Patients should include this information on a medical ID bracelet or carry a warning card.

Patients preparing for surgery or certain dental procedures should inform their doctor or dentist about all medicines, supplements, and herbal products they are taking.

In children, Symbicort and its generic alternatives may slow growth if used for a long time. Poorly controlled asthma, however, may have a similar effect. This medication’s effect on final height in adulthood is not known. Patients should take their child for regular check-ups in order to ensure monitoring of their child’s height.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Symbicort, especially the risk of developing QT prolongation.

Women who are pregnant – or planning to become pregnant – should discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with their doctors. Symbicort should only be used when clearly needed.

Budesonide passes into breast milk. Babies born to mothers who have used corticosteroids for an extended time may develop hormone problems. Mothers should monitor their newborns for symptoms like vomiting, severe diarrhea, and weakness.

Missed Dose

Patients who miss a dose should take it as soon as they remember. If this happens near the time for the next dose, patients should skip the missed dose and proceed as usual. Patients should not double up on the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change the way Symbicort or its generic alternatives work, and can increase the risk of side effects. Before starting treatment, patients need to discuss the full list of medications and supplements they are taking with their doctor. Patients should not change their dose or stop taking this medication unless their physician advises them to do so.

Some substances, such as the cancer drug aldesleukin,may react negatively with Symbicort. The medicine mifepristone (which is used to induce an abortion) may have a similar effect.

This document does not contain a full list of all possible interactions. Please consult with your physician before buying Symbicort or any of its generic alternatives.

Symbicort Side Effects

Most patients are able to use Symbicort safely without serious side effects.

Some patients may experience throat irritation, headache, or stomach upset. Patients should alert their physician in the event these symptoms persist or worsen.

In some patients, Symbicort may increase blood pressure. Patients should regularly monitor blood pressure and alert the treating physician if it remains high.

In rare cases, Symbicort may cause a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms or breathing problems immediately after use. If this occurs, patients should use a quick-relief inhaler and seek medical help right away.

Patients should tell their doctor if they experience serious side effects like white patches on the tongue or in the mouth, muscle cramps, tremor, or signs of infection like fever and persistent sore throat. Serious side effects may also include mood changes such as nervousness, trouble sleeping, blurred vision, and increased thirst or urination.

It is important to seek immediate medical help in the event of the following rare – but serious – side effects: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, and seizures.

Serious allergic reactions to Symbicort are rare, yet patients should be aware of allergy symptoms such as rash, itching and swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.

Storage

Symbicort should be stored at room temperature, away from light, heat, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.

The inhaler should be stored with the mouthpiece down. Patients should not puncture the canister, nor use it near an open flame. Devices should be kept in the original packaging until they are ready for use. The device should either be discarded three months after removal from the original foil package, or after the doses have been used.

Unwanted medication should be disposed of properly and should not be drained or placed in your regular garbage. Patients should consult a pharmacist or their local waste disposal company to find out more about safe disposal methods.

Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate Drug Information

  • Symbicort Overview

    is used to control and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma or ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema).budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing the irritation and swelling of the airways. Formoterol belongs to the class of drugs known as long-acting beta agonists. It works by opening airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school. When used alone, long-acting beta agonists (such as formoterol) may rarely increase the risk of serious (sometimes fatal) asthma-related breathing problems. However, combination inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta agonists, such as , do not increase the risk of serious asthma-related breathing problems. For asthma treatment, should be used when breathing problems are not well controlled with one asthma-control medication (such as inhaled corticosteroid) or if your symptoms need combination treatment. Before using Symbicort, it is important to learn how to use it properly. Symbicort must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks. If an asthma attack occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler (such as albuterol, also called salbutamol in some countries) as prescribed.

  • How to Use Symbicort

    Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using Symbicort and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions for the proper use of Symbicort. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Follow the instructions for priming the inhaler if you are using it for the first time, if you have not used it for more than 7 days, or if the inhaler was dropped. When priming the inhaler, make sure to spray away from the face so that you do not get the medication into your eyes. Shake the inhaler well for 5 seconds before each use. Inhale Symbicort by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily (in the morning and evening, 12 hours apart). If your prescribed dose is 2 puffs, wait at least one minute between them. If you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between the use of each medication, and use Symbicort last. Gargle and rinse your mouth with water after using Symbicort to help prevent irritation and yeast infections (thrush) in the mouth and throat. Do not swallow the rinse water. Clean the inhaler once a week with a dry cloth. Do not take the inhaler apart. The Dosage of Symbicort is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Use Symbicort regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Symbicort works best if used at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. Do not increase your dose, use Symbicort more often, or stop using it without first consulting your doctor. Also, do not use other long-acting beta agonists while using Symbicort. If you are regularly using a different corticosteroid taken by mouth (such as prednisone), you should not stop using it unless directed by your doctor. You may have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is suddenly stopped. Some conditions (such as asthma, allergies) may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. To prevent withdrawal symptoms (such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness), your doctor may direct you to slowly lower the dose of your old medication after you begin using . Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions right away. See also Precautions section. If you have been using a quick-relief inhaler (such as albuterol, also called salbutamol in some countries) on a regular daily schedule (such as 4 times daily), you must stop this schedule and only use the quick-relief inhaler as needed for sudden shortness of breath/asthma attacks. Consult your doctor for details. It may take 1 week or longer before you get the full benefit of Symbicort. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen. Learn which of your inhalers you should use every day (controller drugs) and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens (quick-relief drugs). Ask your doctor ahead of time what you should do if you have new or worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, worsening peak flow meter readings, waking up at night with trouble breathing, if you use your quick-relief inhaler more often (more than 2 days a week), or if your quick-relief inhaler does not seem to be working well. Learn when you can treat sudden breathing problems by yourself and when you must get medical help right away.

  • Symbicort Precautions

    Before using Symbicort, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to budesonide or formoterol; or to arformoterol; or if you have any other allergies. may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Symbicort, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,current/past infections (such as tuberculosis, herpes), high blood pressure, heart disease (such as chest pain, heart attack, irregular heartbeat), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), seizures, bone loss (osteoporosis), eye problems (such as cataracts, glaucoma), diabetes, liver disease, swelling of an artery (aneurysm), a certain tumor of the adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma). Formoterol may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using ,certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death). Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using Symbicort safely. Symbicort may mask signs of infection. It can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details. If you have switched from a corticosteroid taken by mouth (such as prednisone tablets) to this inhaler within the past 12 months, or if you have been using in higher-than-usual doses for a long time, it may be more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Symbicort or have used a corticosteroid taken by mouth within the past 12 months. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual/extreme tiredness or weight loss. Carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that says you use (or have used) corticosteroid medications. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Symbicort may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time, but poorly controlled asthma can also slow down growth. The effect on final adult height is unknown. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Symbicort, especially QT prolongation (see above). During pregnancy, Symbicort should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Babies born to mothers who have used corticosteroids for a long time may develop hormone problems. Tell your doctor right away if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn. Budesonide passes into breast milk. It is unknown if formoterol passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

  • Symbicort Misdose

    If you miss a dose of Symbicort, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

  • Symbicort Interactions

    See also Uses section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.aldesleukin, mifepristone.

  • Symbicort Side Effects

    Headache, throat irritation, or stomach upset may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed Symbicort because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Symbicort do not have serious side effects. Symbicort may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high. Infrequently, Symbicort may cause severe sudden worsening of breathing problems/asthma immediately after use. If you have sudden worsening of breathing, use your quick-relief inhaler and get medical help right away.white patches on tongue/in mouth, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), mental/mood changes (such as nervousness), trouble sleeping, vision problems (such as blurred vision), increased thirst/urination, muscle cramps, shaking (tremors).chest pain, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, seizures. A very serious allergic reaction to is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, sudden trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

    List of Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate side effects
  • Symbicort Storage

    Store at room temperature away from light, heat, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Store the inhaler with the mouthpiece down. Do not puncture the canister or use near an open flame. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not remove the inhaler from its original foil package until ready to use. Discard the inhaler 3 months after you remove it from the original foil package or after all the doses have been used, whichever comes first. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details.

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