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Symbicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate Dry Powder for Oral Inhalation)

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Symbicort Turbuhaler100 mcg/6 mcg/120 dose
Symbicort Turbuhaler200 mcg/6 mcg/120 dose

Generic Equivalent of Symbicort Turbuhaler

No generic equivalents of Symbicort Turbuhaler found.

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Is A Prescription Required To have Symbicort Turbuhaler?

A prescription is required to purchase Symbicort Turbuhaler from licensed Canadian online pharmacies.

What Does Symbicort Turbuhaler Do?

Symbicort Turbuhaler is used for the treatment of asthma in adults and children of 12 years of age or above. It is also indicated for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults (18 years of age and above). It provides relief from symptoms such as shortness of breath in patients with asthma and COPD.

How Does Symbicort Turbuhaler Work?

Symbicort Turbuhaler contains medicines budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide belongs to the class of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and helps in reducing and preventing the inflammation of the airways. Formoterol is a long acting beta2-agonist (LABA) and helps to widen and relax the muscles in your airways, making it easier for you to breathe. The effect of this medication starts within 1 to 3 minutes of inhaling and lasts for up to 12 hours.

How Is Symbicort Turbuhaler Supplied and Stored?

Symbicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol) is manufactured by AstraZeneca Canada Inc and is available in two different dosages: 100 mcg/6 mcg/120 dose and 200 mcg/6 mcg/120 dose.

This medication should be stored at a room temperature of 15°C to 30°C. Always replace the cover after using Symbicort Turbuhaler. Keep out of sight and reach of children.

How Much Is Symbicort Turbuhaler?

We are pleased to offer you the generic equivalent of Symbicort Turbuhaler at unbeatable price of $325 for a quantity of 3, which is $108.33 per unit. It is always best to compare the prices of this medication online at edrugsearch or Pharmacychecker.Com.

What Kind Of Inhaler Is Symbicort?

Symbicort Turbuhaler is a combination of a steroid (budesonide) and a long acting bronchodilator (formoterol). It is used to prevent bronchospasm in patients with asthma and COPD.

How Long Does It Take For Symbicort To Work?

The effect of Symbicort Turbuhaler starts within 1 to 3 minutes of inhaling the medication and lasts for up to 12 hours. Regular use of Symbicort gives a 24-hour relief from the symptoms of COPD and asthma.

Is Symbicort A Preventer Or A Reliever?

The steroid in Symbicort (budesonide) helps to improve your condition by reducing the inflammation in the airways. It acts as a ‘preventer’ and needs to be taken daily. The bronchodilator beta agonist (formoterol) helps you breathe more easily and helps to control your symptoms. Symbicort when used regularly can prevent asthma attacks. It can also be used as a ‘reliever’ medicine when needed to treat your symptoms at the time when your asthma gets worse.

Can Symbicort Cause Heart Problems?

Symbicort can cause heart problems such as increase in blood pressure, increased heart rate, changes in heart rhythm. You should inform your doctor if you suffer from any heart condition or have high blood pressure, before starting Symbicort Turbuhaler.

How Many Times A Day Do You Take Symbicort?

The usual recommended dose is 1-2 inhalations once or twice daily. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations.

How Is Symbicort Turbuhaler Used?

Symbicort Turbuhaler should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It should be taken every day, even when no symptoms are there. Do not stop taking the medication without consulting your doctor. For treatment of asthma, your doctor will prescribe you to use Symbicort in either of the two ways: maintenance therapy or maintenance and reliever therapy. Follow the instructions of your doctor carefully. Always carry your Symbicort Turbuhaler with you. You can use extra doses when needed to relieve your asthma symptoms or when your asthma gets worse. Do not exceed maximum of 8 inhalations in a day. If you exceed 8 inhalations per day immediately seek medical attention.

How Do You Use Turbuhaler?

To use a Turbuhaler, unscrew the cap anticlockwise and lift off. Holding the turbuhaler upright, twist it back to the left until it clicks. The click sound means that the turbuhaler is loaded. Breathe out gently away from the turbuhaler. Now, hold the turbuhaler without covering the air inlets and put the tip of mouthpiece between your lips. Breathe in quickly and deeply through your mouth and hold your breath for 5-10 seconds. Remove the turbuhaler from your mouth and breathe out. Replace the cap and breathe out.

How Do You Know If Your Symbicort Inhaler Is Empty?

There is a dose indicator on the side of the inhaler that shows the number of doses left. When the number of doses left is less than 10, the background of the indicator turns red. When the zero on the red background appears in the middle of the window, it means your inhaler is empty and you need to start a new one.

How Is Symbicort Turbuhaler Metabolized In Body?

Both the active ingredients of Symbicort budesonide and formoterol are metabolized in liver. Budesonide has a half-life of 4 hours whereas formoterol has a half-lfe of 17 hours.

What Are The Side Effects of Symbicort Turbuhaler?

Most common side effects include headache, trembling, sensation of heart beat, cough, and irritation in mouth or throat, hoarseness of voice. Less common side effects include nausea, sleep difficulties, agitation, restlessness or nervousness, dizziness, muscle cramps. Rare side effects of Symbicort include skin bruising, depression or behavioral disturbances. Contact your doctor right away if you are taking Symbicort Turbuhaler for asthma treatment and you experience sudden worsening of your shortness of breath and wheezing shortly after taking the medication, do not get relief from additional doses, measurement from your peak flow meter indicates a value less than 60% of predicted or personal best, you remain breathless at rest, your pulse is more than 120 beats per minute. Be sure to contact your doctor if you are taking this medication for COPD and experience unusual increase in the severity of breathlessness, cough, tiredness or wheezing, notice an unusual color, level, consistency or thickness of phlegm, experience symptoms of a chest cold or chest tightness, unexplained swelling and fever. Very rare side effects include allergic reactions with itching rashes, skin eruption, fever, swelling of face, lips, neck, difficulty in breathing or swallowing, fast or irregular heartbeat, cushing syndrome (symptoms include rapid weight gain especially around the body and face, round “moon” face, excess sweating, thinning of the skin with easy bruising and dryness, muscle and bone weakness), increased blood sugar, Churg-Strauss syndrome (a flu-like illness), glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye), cataract, bone fractures, osteoporosis and pneumonia. These are not all the side effects of Symbicort Turbuhaler. Contact your doctor in case you experience any unexpected side effects.

When Should You Not Take Symbicort Turbuhaler?

Do not take Symbicort Turbuhaler if you:
  • Are allergic or hypersensitive to budesonide, formoterol or inhaled lactose.
  • Are under 12 years of age (in case you have asthma)
  • Are under 18 years of age (in case you have COPD)

What Should You Tell Your Doctor Before Using Symbicort Turbuhaler?

Before taking Symbicort Turbuhaler always talk to your health care professional in case you:
  • Have health problems now or had them in the past
  • Have heart problems
  • Have high blood sugar
  • Have low potassium levels in blood
  • Have any thyroid gland problems
  • Have seizures
  • Have severe liver problems (such as cirrhosis)
  • Take or have taken steroid medications within past few months
  • Have ever had a bad, unusual allergic reaction to budesonide, formoterol or lactose or to other medicines for breathing problems
  • Are pregnant or planning a pregnancy
  • Are breast feeding
  • Have weak bones

What medicines can interact with Symbicort Turbuhaler?

You should always tell your health care professional about any medications that you have been taking or are going to take including prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements. Medicines that may interact with Symbicort Turbuhaler are:
  • Beta-blockers used to lower the blood pressure (such as propranolol) or for other heart or eye problems (such as atenolol, timolol)
  • Ketoconazole, itraconazole (anti-fungal medications)
  • Ritonavir (used to treat HIV or AIDS)

Where Can I Buy Symbicort Turbuhaler Online?

If prescribed by your health care professional, Symbicort Turbuhaler can be bought directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy. You will not have to wait to start your therapy due to the swift shipping service provided by us.

How Is Symbicort Turbuhaler Delivered?

The standard delivery fee is $10.00. The orders are usually shipped in 2-3 working days after the processing of the order. The medication package is delivered by regular mail within 10-14 business days after it has been shipped. For further information and aid, you can contact our Customer Service at 1877-240-4438 or email us at customerservice@canadawidepharmacy.com.

References:

1. https://www.astrazeneca.ca/content/dam/az-ca/downloads/productinformation/symbicort%20turbuhaler-consumer-information-leaflet-en.pdf
2. http://www.mydr.com.au/medicines/cmis/symbicort-turbuhaler
3. http://www.mydr.com.au/medicines/cmis/symbicort-turbuhaler
4. https://www.dred.com/ie/symbicort.html
5. http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/How-to-use-a-turbuhaler
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