Symbicort Turbohalers 100/6, 200/6 or 400/12

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Symbicort Turbohaler is an inhaler that is used to treat asthma. It is also used to treat the symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Symbicort Turbohalers contain two different medicines - budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.

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  • Contains budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate
  • Available in 100/6, 200/6 or 400/12 strengths
  • To be used as a preventer, not suitable for use during an asthma attack
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Description

Symbicort Inhalers contain the active ingredients budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate. Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids and works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in the lungs. Formoterol fumarate dihydrate is as long-acting beta2 adrenoceptor agonist or bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles in your airways to help you breathe more easily.

Suitability

Do not use Symbicort Turbohalers if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to budesonide or formoterol fumarate dihydrate or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using Symbicort Turbohaler - do not use Symbicort Turbohaler unless your doctor tells you to.

Important Interactions

You must tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take other medicines, in particular:

  • beta-blocker medicines (such as atenolol or propranolol for high blood pressure), including eyedrops (such as timolol for glaucoma)
  • medicines for a fast or uneven heartbeat (such as quinidine)
  • medicines like digoxin, often used to treat heart failure
  • diuretics, also known as water tablets (such as furosemide)
  • steroid medicines that you take by mouth (such as prednisolone)
  • xanthine medicines (such as theophylline or aminophylline) - often used to treat asthma
  • other bronchodilators (such as salbutamol)
  • tricyclic anti-depressants (such as amitriptyline) and the anti-depressant nefazodone
  • phenothiazine medicines (such as chlorpromazine and prochlorperazine)
  • medicines called HIV-protease inhibitors (such as ritonavir) to treat HIV infection
  • medicines to treat infections (such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, posaconazole, clarithromycin and telithromycin)
  • medicines for Parkinson's disease (such as leva-dopa)
  • medicines for thyroid problems (such as levo-thyroxine)
Side Effects
  • palpitations (awareness of your heart beating), trembling or shaking
  • thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth
  • mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice
  • headache
Please Note

All medication can cause side effects. We have only listed a few to be aware of. Details of all side effects, including rare side effects to be aware of, are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL). When completing your medical questionnaire, it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully. This is to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before prescribing. List all medicines you are already taking, including non-prescription and herbal medicines.

Alternatives

Other preventer inhalers are available, but you should only request the preventer inhaler that has previously been prescribed to you by your regular GP.

Looking after your medicine

Do not take medicines after the expiry date stamped on the pack. Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Medicines are only intended to be used by the person they are prescribed for. Do not give your prescribed medicine to anybody else, even if they have the same symptoms as you. Medicines can be harmful if used by anybody other than the person they have been prescribed for.

References Symbicort Turbohaler 100/6 Patient Information Leaflet
Symbicort Turbohaler 200/6 Patient Information Leaflet
Symbicort Turbohaler 400/12 Patient Information Leaflet
British National Formulary: budesonide with formoterol
Last Reviewed  27/02/2020   Authored  14/11/2009

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