What is Symbicort Turbohaler?
Symbicort Turbohaler is an inhaler that should be used every day to prevent the symptoms of asthma. It contains a corticosteroid medicine and makes it easier for asthma sufferers to breathe and get on with their days without being bothered by symptoms.
Symbicort can be used to treat asthma in adults and children aged 6 and above.
Before you can buy Symbicort Turbohaler, you must have a prescription from your doctor.
How does Symbicort Turbohaler work?
The two active ingredients mentioned above work together to minimise the risk of a flare-up of asthma symptoms.
Budesonide is a corticosteroid medicine that works by reducing swelling and inflammation in the lungs. It also works to prevent swelling and inflammation from occurring.
Formoterol fumarate dihydrate works to relax the muscles in your airways, which makes it easier for you to breathe.
It is important to use Symbicort every day, regardless of whether your asthma is flaring up or not. This will ensure that you are getting the maximum benefits out of the medicine contained in this inhaler.
Who can use Symbicort Turbohaler?
Do not use this inhaler if you are allergic to budesonide, formoterol fumarate dihydrate, or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine.
Do not use Symbicort Turbohaler without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the conditions listed below:
- High blood pressure
- You have or have ever had a heart problem
- Thyroid or adrenal gland problems
- Lung infection
- Low levels of potassium in your blood
- Severe liver problems
What is Symbicort Turbohaler use to treat?
Symbicort Turbohalers are prescribe for people who suffer from asthma. This inhaler is known as a “preventer inhaler”, which means it works to prevent asthma symptoms from bothering you.
Some people who use Symbicort Turbohaler are also prescribe a separate “reliever inhaler”, which you should carry with you at all times. However, some people are prescribed Symbicort Turbohaler as their primary inhaler, meaning they should also use this inhaler to relieve asthma symptoms. In this case, you should carry your inhaler with you at all times.
Symbicort Turbohaler is available in three different doses. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose depending on whether Symbicort is being used as your primary inhaler or just as your preventer.
Why is Symbicort Turbohaler prescribe for asthma?
The Symbicort Turbohaler contains two active ingredients, one of which is a corticosteroid called budesonide. This medicine has been clinically test and found to be highly effective in reducing swelling and inflammation within the lungs. It has also been shown to be safe to use in the long term.
Formoterol fumarate dihydrate is the second active ingredient, which is a long-acting beta2 adrenoceptor agonist medicine, sometimes known as a bronchodilator. This medicine makes it easier for you to breathe. Clinical trials found that the combination of these two medicines used within Symbicort Turbohaler can effectively relieve the symptoms of asthma in adults and adolescents.
Can you buy Symbicort Turbohaler online?
You can order Symbicort Turbohaler online from Medslike after completing an online consultation with one of our UK-based prescribers. This is to make sure this inhaler is suitable for you to use. Next day delivery is available if you order by 2pm.
You should not order medication of any kind online unless it is from a regulated pharmacy, like Medslike.
Symbicort Turbohaler Alternatives
A wide variety of asthma inhalers can be order from our online pharmacy.
Budesonide is also the active ingredient contain in Pulmicort, which is a preventer inhaler, taken each day to prevent the symptoms of asthma.
Salbutamol inhalers are commonly prescribe as relievers. The likes of Salamol Easi-Breathe, Ventolin, and Airomir can be order from Medslike after an online consultation.
Seretide is also available, which is a combination inhaler. This means that it can be use to both prevent and relieve asthma symptoms.
How to use Symbicort Turbohaler
Always use Symbicort Turbohaler exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed. Read the patient information leaflet for full instructions and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Use Symbicort Turbohaler every day, even when you feel fine.
- Unscrew the cover and remove it from the inhaler.
- Hold your inhaler upright with the red grip at the bottom.
- Load the inhaler by turning the red grip as far as it will go in one direction. Turn it in the other direction as far as it will go, which should cause a ‘click’ sound. Do not hold the mouthpiece while doing this. It does not matter which direction you turn the grip first.
- Hold the inhaler away from your mouth and breathe out as far as you can.
- Put the mouthpiece into your mouth, gently between your teeth. Close your lips and breathe in deeply through your mouth.
- Remove the inhaler from your mouth and breathe out gently.
- If you need to take a second dose, repeat this process.
- Once you have taken the correct dose, replace the cover over the inhaler once again.
- Rinse your mouth with water after using your inhaler. This will reduce the risk of thrush.
Symbicort Turbohaler Side Effects
The most common side effects of Symbicort Turbohaler may affect 1 in 10 people who use it.
Common side effects:
- Palpitations, trembling or shaking
- Oral thrush
- Sore throat, hoarse voice, coughing
Less common side effects include:
- Sleep disturbances
- Restlessness, nervousness or agitation
- Increased heartbeat
- Blurred vision
- Muscle cramps
- Skin bruising
Tell your doctor if any of these side effects bother you or do not go away.
Symbicort Turbohaler Warnings and Drug Interactions
Before using Symbicort Turbohaler, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using any other medication. This includes medicines you can buy without a prescription.
It is particularly important that they are aware if you are taking any of the following:
- Medicines to treat a fast or uneven heartbeat
- Medicines for heart failure, such as digoxin
- Steroid medicines
- Xanthine medicines
- Other bronchodilators
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- HIV-protease inhibitors, such as ritonavir
- Medicines for infections, such as ketoconazole or clarithromycin
- Medicines to treat Parkinson’s
- Medicines to treat thyroid problems
Tell your doctor if you are due to have a general anaesthetic for any kind of operation, including dental work.
It contains lactose. Speak to your doctor before using this medicine if they have told you that you are intolerant to certain sugars.
Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings and drug interactions. If you have any questions, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
You should only use it during pregnancy if your doctor instructs you to do so.
Tell your doctor before using Symbicort Turbohaler if you are currently pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
Similarly, you should tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding before using this inhaler.