Symbicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400)

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Symbicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400)
Symbicort Turbohaler is a corticosteroid preventative inhaler that is used on a daily basis to prevent asthma symptoms and future attacks. Assisting in the control of wheezing, breathlessness, and chest tightness, which are common symptoms of asthma.

Symbicort Turbuhaler can be ordered online from My London Pharmacy if you have a prescription from your doctor. All you have to do today is complete an online consultation, and your medication will be delivered to you.

  • 100 – 1 x 120 dose inhaler £42.99
  • 200 – 1 x 120 dose inhaler £42.99
  • 400 – 1 x 120 dose inhaler £42.99

What exactly is Symbicort and how is it used?

Symbicort turbohalers are a daily preventative treatment for asthma symptoms. This inhaler will aid in the control of your asthma and the prevention of future attacks. It contains two active ingredients that work together to combat asthma in two different ways. Budesonide, a corticosteroid, has an anti-inflammatory effect, while formoterol fumarate dihydrate relaxes the airway muscles. Those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can also use Symbicort turbohalers (COPD).

Turbohalers are available in three strengths: 100mcg budesonide / 6mcg formoterol fumarate dihydrate, 200mcg / 6mcg, and 400mcg / 12 mcg. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate strength for you based on whether you are using Symbicort as your primary inhaler or solely as a preventer.

What exactly is asthma?

Over five million people in the United Kingdom suffer from asthma. An inflammation of the bronchi, which are the tubes that connect the windpipe to the lungs, causes the condition. The swelling in the bronchi constricts the airway passages and increases phlegm production. This causes breathing difficulty as well as further obstruction of the airways.

How does Symbicort function?

Inhalers are classified into two types: ‘preventers’ and’relievers.’ Both properties are present in Symbicort turbohalers. It is primarily a preventer containing the corticosteroid budesonide – once in the lungs, budesonide prevents cells in the area from producing the chemicals that cause inflammation. When used on a daily basis, Symbicort effectively manages airway inflammation, lowering your risk of an asthma attack.

Formoterol fumarate dihydrate is a long-acting beta 2 agonist that is also found in Symbicort. The beta 2 receptors in the lungs relax the muscles in the airways when stimulated. This causes the airways to dilate, which relieves asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. This is very similar to the function of a blue reliever inhaler. Short-acting beta 2 agonists are used in reliever inhalers. Because of this important distinction, Symbicort turbohalers will not provide immediate relief, and you will still need a reliever inhaler for emergencies.

Symbicort substitutes

Asthma is not a condition that can be treated effectively with over-the-counter medications. If you want to switch inhalers or look for another treatment, you should discuss it with your doctor at your regular asthma checkup. Please do not ‘Try’ a new inhaler without first consulting your doctor.

We recommend that you visit your regular GP on a regular basis to ensure that your inhalers are still controlling your asthma and are the best course of action for you.

Symbicort Precautions

Reading the following warnings carefully will help you choose an appropriate product.

Consult your doctor before using this medication if you:

Are you diabetic?
Do you have a lung infection?
Have a family history of heart disease or high blood pressure?
Have a liver problem?
Are lactose intolerant
Do you have thyroid or adrenal gland issues?
Have a low potassium level in your blood

The following medications may interact with Symbicort; notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of them:

Are there any beta-blockers? (e.g. atenolol, propranolol, timolol)
Medication for the heart (e.g. quinidine, digoxin)
The Xanthines (e.g. aminophylline, theophylline)
An additional bronchodilator (including salbutamol-based inhalers)
Steroids taken orally
Antidepressants tricyclic (e.g. amitriptyline)
Inhibitor of Monoamine Oxidase (MAOI) antidepressant medications (e.g. phenelzine)
HIV medications (e.g. ritonavir)
Phenothiazines (e.g. chlorpromazine, prochlorperazine)
Anti-infection drugs (e.g. itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, clarithromycin, telithromycin)
Thyroid medications
Parkinson’s disease medication

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before beginning any new medication, and notify your doctor of any medications you are currently taking or plan to take.

How to Use Symbicort

In general, you should take 1-2 puffs from a Symbicort Turbuhaler twice a day. It is most effective at controlling inflammation when used on a daily basis, so keep using it even if your breathing feels normal.

Allow your pharmacist or asthma nurse to demonstrate the proper technique for using the device. This information will be included in the Product Information Leaflet as well.

Remember to brush your teeth and/or rinse your mouth after using the turbohaler. This will prevent the development of oral side effects.

Ingredients of Symbicort

Budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate are the active ingredients in Symbicort turbohalers.

To complete the product, Symbicort turbohalers also contain the following inactive ingredients:

Monohydrate lactose (contains milk proteins).

Symbicort Adverse Reactions

Not everyone who uses Symbicort turbohalers will experience side effects; however, if you do, they may include:

Heart palpitations due to trembling thrush (fungal infection of the throat or mouth)
coughing and sore throat

If you are concerned about these side effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, discontinue use and consult your doctor or pharmacist.

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  • £4.49 on orders up to £60
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