Symbicort

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Symbicort Turbohaler is a popular treatment for asthma amd 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

Symbicort Turbohaler

Symbicort Turbohaler is an inhaler that is used to treat asthma in adults. It is also used to treat the symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD) in adults aged 18 years and older.

It contains two different medicines: budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.

 Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’. It works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.
 Formoterol fumarate dihydrate belongs to a group of medicines called ‘long-acting beta2 adrenoceptor agonists’ or ‘bronchodilators’. It works by relaxing the muscles in your airways. This helps you to breathe more easily.

Asthma

For asthma, your doctor will prescribe two asthma inhalers: Symbicort Turbohaler and a
separate ‘reliever inhaler’.
 Use Symbicort Turbohaler every day. This helps to prevent asthma symptoms from happening.
 Use your ‘reliever inhaler’ when you get asthma symptoms, to make it easier to breathe again.

Do not use Symbicort Turbohaler 400/12 as a ‘reliever inhaler’.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Symbicort Turbohaler can also be used to treat the symptoms of COPD in adults. COPD is a
long-term disease of the airways in the lungs, which is often caused by cigarette smoking.

How and when to use it

 Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
 It is important to use Symbicort Turbohaler every day, even if you have no asthma or
COPD symptoms at the time.

Asthma
Use your Symbicort Turbohaler every day. This helps to prevent asthma symptoms from happening.
Adults (18 years and above)
 The usual dose is 1 inhalation, 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 to use when you need it. Do not use Symbicort Turbohaler 400/12 to treat asthma symptoms – use your separate ‘reliever inhaler’.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
 Only to be used by adults (aged 18 years and above).
 The usual dose is 1 inhalation twice a day.

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 either of the following happens to you, stop using Symbicort Turbohaler and talk to
your doctor immediately:
 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. This
happens rarely, affecting less than 1 in 1,000 people.
 Sudden acute wheezing or shortness of breath immediately after using your inhaler. If
either of these symptoms occur, stop using your Symbicort Turbohaler
straightaway and use your ‘reliever’ inhaler. Contact your doctor immediately as
you may need to have your treatment changed. This happens very rarely, affecting
less than 1 in 10,000 people.
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 Symbicort
Turbohaler.
 Thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth. This is less likely if you rinse your mouth out
with water after using your Symbicort Turbohaler.
 Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice.
 Headache.
 Pneumonia (infection of the lung) in COPD patients.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following while taking Symbicort Turbohaler, 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