Duoresp

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Duoresp is a popular treatment for asthma and symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD) in adults aged 18 years and older.

It contains budesonide (corticosteroid) and formoterol (long-acting beta2 adrenoceptor agonists) making it an effective asthma treatment.

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Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There’s currently no cure, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it doesn’t have a big impact on your life.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Treatments

The main types are:

reliever inhalers – used when needed to quickly relieve asthma symptoms for a short time (e.g salbutamol)
preventer inhalers (steroid) – used every day to prevent asthma symptoms occurring
Some people also need to take tablets.

Causes and triggers

Asthma is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This makes the tubes highly sensitive, so they temporarily narrow.

It may occur randomly or after exposure to a trigger. Common asthma triggers include:

allergies – to house dust mites, animal fur or pollen, for example
smoke, pollution and cold air
exercise
infections like colds or flu
Identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers can help you keep your symptoms under control.

Product Description

Duoresp

Duoresp is used to treat asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

DuoResp Spiromax contains two different active substances: budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.
 Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’ also known as ‘steroids’. It
works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs and helps you to breathe more easily.

 Formoterol fumarate dihydrate belongs to a group of medicines called ‘long-acting β2 adrenoceptor
agonists’ or ‘bronchodilators’. It works by relaxing the muscles in your airways. This will help to
open the airways and help you to breathe more easily.

How and when to use it

 It is important to use DuoResp Spiromax every day, even if you have no asthma or COPD symptoms
at the time.

Asthma

Use your DuoResp Spiromax every day. This helps to prevent asthma symptoms from occurring.
Recommended dose:
Adults (18 years and older )
1 inhalation (actuation), twice a day.
Your doctor may increase this to 2 inhalations, twice a day.
If your symptoms are well controlled, your doctor may ask you to take your medicine once a day.

Use your separate ‘reliever inhaler’ to treat asthma symptoms when they happen.
Always keep your ‘reliever inhaler’ with you and use it to relieve sudden attacks of breathlessness and
wheezing. Do not use DuoResp Spiromax to treat these asthma symptoms.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Recommended dose:
Adults (18 years and older):
 1 inhalation twice a day.
Your doctor may also prescribe another bronchodilator medicine for example an anticholinergic (such as
tiotropium or ipratropium bromide) for your COPD disease.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Asthma attacks can get worse very quickly. If you are struggling to breathe or have asthma symptoms that are not getting better, go to hospital immediately or call an ambulance.

How to use your inhaler

How to use a Small Volume Spacer

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If any of the following happen to you, stop using DuoResp Spiromax and talk to your doctor
immediately:
Rare side effects: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
 Swelling of your face, particularly around your mouth (tongue and/or throat and/or difficulty to swallow)
or hives together with difficulties to breathe (angioedema) and/or sudden feeling of faintness. This may
mean that you are having an allergic reaction, which may also include rash and itching.
 Bronchospasm (tightening of the muscles in the airways which causes wheezing and shortness of
breath). If the wheezing comes on suddenly after using this medicine stop using it and talk to your doctor
immediately.
Very rare side effects: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
 Sudden acute wheezing and/or shortness of breath immediately after using your inhaler (also referred to
as ‘paradoxical bronchospasm’. If either of these symptoms occur, stop using DuoResp Spiromax
straightaway and use your ’reliever inhaler’ Contact your doctor immediately as you may need to have
your treatment changed.
Other possible side effects:
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
 Palpitations (awareness of your heart beating), trembling or shaking. If these effects occur, they are
usually mild and usually disappear as you continue to use DuoResp Spiromax.
 Thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth. This is less likely to occur if you rinse your mouth out with
water after using your medicine.
 Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice.
 Headache.
 Pneumonia (infection to the lung) in COPD patients.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following while taking DuoResp Spiromax they could be symptoms
of a lung infection:
 Fever or chills
 Increased mucus production, change in mucus colour
 Increased cough or increased breathing difficulties

For a full list of side effects see Patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet

Take the asthma control Test

How to use your inhaler

How to use a Small Volume Spacer