This information answers some of the common questions people ask about Symbicort Turbuhaler . It does not contain all the information that is known about Symbicort Turbuhaler . It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor will have weighed the risks of you taking Symbicort Turbuhaler against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What Symbicort Turbuhaler is used for
Symbicort Turbuhaler is used to treat the inflammation caused by your asthma. It also widens the airways so that you find it easier to breathe. To get the best effect, you should use Symbicort Turbuhaler as prescribed by your doctor, even when you have no symptoms.
How Symbicort Turbuhaler works
Symbicort Turbuhaler contains both the medicines budesonide and eformoterol, which have different ways of treating your asthma. Your asthma is caused by an inflammation in the airways. Budesonide reduces and prevents this inflammation.
Eformoterol works by widening your airways, making it easier for you to breathe. This effect starts within 1-3 minutes after inhaling the medicine and lasts for up to 12 hours. When you breathe in through the mouthpiece of the inhaler, your breath carries the medicine to your lungs. See the instructions on “How to use Turbuhaler” below.
Symbicort Turbuhaler is not addictive.
Before you use Symbicort Turbuhaler
When you must not use it
Do not use Symbicort Turbuhaler if you are pregnant or breast feeding unless your doctor says to do so. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits involved.
Do not use Symbicort Turbuhaler after the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack. It may have no effect at all, or worse, an entirely unexpected effect if you take it after the expiry date.
Do not use Symbicort Turbuhaler if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Symbicort Turbuhaler has been prescribed for your asthma. Do not use it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not lend your Turbuhaler to anyone else even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Before you start to use it
You must tell your doctor if:
1. you have any allergies to
Eformoterol, budesonide or lactose
any other substances
If you have an allergic reaction, you may get a skin rash, hay fever or an asthma attack.
2. you have any of these medical conditions
any heart problems
problems with your potassium levels
It may not be safe for you to take Symbicort Turbuhaler if you have any of these conditions.
Taking other medicines
You must tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including
medicines used to treat heart problems or high blood pressure
medicines for glaucoma, including eye drops
medicines used to treat fungal infections
any other medicine that you buy at the chemist, supermarket or health food shop.
These medicines may be affected by Symbicort Turbuhaler , or may affect how well it works.
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.
If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell him/her before you take any Symbicort Turbuhaler .
You must contact your doctor as soon as possible if you need to use your rescue medicine inhaler more often than usual to control your asthma. Do not increase the dose of Symbicort Turbuhaler without talking to your doctor. Always carry your rescue medicine with you.
You should always be very careful with the use of medicines if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you do become pregnant while using Symbicort Turbuhaler you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Using Symbicort Turbuhaler
Your doctor will have explained why you are being treated with Symbicort Turbuhaler and t
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