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Budesonide and Formoterol
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Budesonide and Formoterol Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(byoo DES oh nide & for MOH te rol)

U.S. Brand Names

Symbicort®

Canadian Brand Names

Symbicort®

Mexican Brand Names

Symbiocort Turbuhaler

Pharmacologic Category

Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist; Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist, Long-Acting; Corticosteroid, Inhalant (Oral)

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• When switching from an oral steroid to an inhaled one, there can be problems. Symptoms such as weakness, feeling tired, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, inability to think clearly, or low blood sugar may occur. Call healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms. If you have a serious accident and are injured, have surgery, or any type of infection, you may need extra doses of oral steroids. These extra steroids will help your body deal with these stresses. Carry a warning card saying that you may need extra steroids at certain times.

• In patients with asthma, long-acting inhalers may increase asthma-related deaths. Talk with healthcare provider.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to budesonide, formoterol, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you are having a breathing attack.

• If you are allergic to milk, talk with healthcare provider.

How does it work?

• Budesonide prevents or reduces irritation, inflammation, and swelling.

• Formoterol works at sites in the airways to relax the muscles and improve oxygen delivery.

How is it best taken?

• If you are using more than one type of inhaler, ask healthcare provider which inhaler to use first.

• Prepare inhaler before first use or whenever inhaler has not been used for more than 7 days. Spray 2 test sprays into the air.

• For inhaling (puffing) only.

• Shake well before use.

• Rinse out mouth after each use.

• Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Read and follow all instructions provided with inhaler. Using the inhaler the right way is very important.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Use a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not use a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Use of a short-acting bronchodilator.

• Monitor asthma with peak flow meter.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion 3 months after removal from foil package.

• Protect from heat.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 11:03:19.0

Modified: 2010-03-25 14:09:19.0

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