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About Symbicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400)
Symbicort Turbohaler is a combined corticosteroid and long-acting beta-agonist preventative inhaler used daily to prevent symptoms of asthma and future attacks. Helping to control wheezing, breathlessness and tightness in the chest which are often experienced by people who suffer from asthma.
Symbicort Turbohaler can be ordered online from The Independent Pharmacy for those who have previously received a prescription from their GP. All you need to do today is fill out an online consultation and your medication can be delivered directly to you.
Symbicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400) information
What is Symbicort and what is it used for?
Symbicort turbohalers are a preventative everyday treatment for the symptoms of asthma. This inhaler will help to control your asthma and prevent future attacks from occurring. It contains two active ingredients, which work in combination to fight asthma in two different ways. Budesonide, a corticosteroid, has an anti-inflammatory function; formoterol fumarate dihydrate relaxes the muscles in the airways.
Three different strengths of turbohaler are available: 100mcg budesonide / 6mcg formoterol fumarate dihydrate; 200mcg / 6mcg; and 400mcg / 12 mcg. Your doctor will prescribe the strength appropriate for you – this will depend on whether you are using Symbicort as your primary inhaler, or purely as a preventer.
What is asthma?
Asthma affects over five million people in The United Kingdom. The condition is caused by an inflammation of the bronchi, which are the tubes that connect the windpipe to the lungs. The swelling in the bronchi causes the airway passages to contract and increases the production of phlegm. This results in a restriction of breathing, coupled with further obstruction of the airways.
How does Symbicort work?
There are two types of inhalers: ‘preventers’ and ‘relievers’. Symbicort turbohalers have both properties. Primarily, it is a preventer containing the corticosteroid budesonide – once budesonide enters the lungs, it stops cells in the area from producing the chemicals which cause inflammation. When used every day, Symbicort will effectively manage the inflammation of the airways, reducing your risk of an asthma attack.
Formoterol fumarate dihydrate is a type of medicine called a long-acting beta 2 agonist also used in Symbicort. When stimulated, the lungs’ beta 2 receptors relax the muscles in the airways. This causes the airways to expand, which relieves asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath. This function is very similar to that of a blue reliever inhaler. However, reliever inhalers feature short-acting beta 2 agonists. This important difference means that Symbicort turbohalers will not provide immediate relief and that you will still require a reliever inhaler for emergencies.
Alternatives to Symbicort
Asthma is not a condition that can be effectively treated with over-the-counter medications. If you are looking for another treatment or want to swap inhalers you will need to broach this subject with your GP at your regular asthma review. Please do not 'Try' a new inhaler without seeing your GP first.
We recommend you have a regular check-up with your regular GP to ensure your inhalers are still keeping your asthma controlled and are still the best course for you.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Before using this medication, consult your doctor if you:
- Are diabetic
- Have a lung infection
- Have a history of heart problems or high blood pressure
- Have a liver disorder
- Are intolerant to lactose
- Have thyroid or adrenal gland problems
- Have a low level of potassium in the blood
The following medications may interact with Symbicort; inform your GP or pharmacist if you are taking:
- Any beta-blockers (e.g. atenolol, propranolol, timolol)
- Heart medication (e.g. quinidine, digoxin)
- Xanthines (e.g. aminophylline, theophylline)
- Another bronchodilator (including salbutamol-based inhalers)
- Oral steroids
- Tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline)
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressants (e.g. phenelzine)
- HIV medicines (e.g. ritonavir)
- Phenothiazines (e.g. chlorpromazine, prochlorperazine)
- Anti-infection medicines (e.g. itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, clarithromycin, telithromycin)
- Thyroid medicines
- Medication for Parkinson’s disease
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
How to use Symbicort
Generally, you will be advised to take 1-2 puffs from a Symbicort turbohaler, twice a day. It is most effective at controlling inflammation when it is used every day, so continue to use it even if your breathing feels normal.
Have your pharmacist or asthma nurse show you the correct technique for using the device. This information will also be available in the Product Information Leaflet.
After using the turbohaler, remember to brush your teeth and/or rinse your mouth. This will prevent oral side effects from developing.
The active ingredients contained in Symbicort turbohalers are: budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate.
Symbicort turbohalers also contain the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product: Lactose monohydrate (contains milk proteins).
Symbicort Side Effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Symbicort turbohalers, however, if you do they can include:
- thrush (fungal infection) of the throat or mouth
- heart palpitations
- sore throat
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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Symbicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400) FAQs
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You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Symbicort turbohalers to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
Symbicort turbohalers are a prescription-only asthma treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 2 inhalers at one time.
This allows us to balance offering our patients an adequate supply of treatment with regular checks on their condition, symptoms, and effectiveness of their treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience with optimal health and safety.
If you have no adverse effects and your asthma is well controlled, you can log in and easily re-order another supply.
Symbicort turbohalers contain two active ingredients: a corticosteroid called budesonide and a beta-2 agonist called formoterol fumarate dihydrate.
The medicine also contains inactive ingredients that are used to make up the inhalation – for more details please see the ‘Ingredients’ tab above.
This medicine works in two different ways.
The budesonide contained in the inhaler enters the lungs and restricts the body’s production of chemicals which cause inflammation. This eases your breathing problems and reduces your risk of an asthma attack.
Formoterol fumarate dihydrate causes muscles along the airway to relax and dilate. This relieves asthma symptoms and allows you to breathe more easily.
The long-acting relief from the formoterol fumarate dihydrate will take effect within a few days. The preventer effect from the budesonide may take up to two weeks to noticeably reduce inflammation, but this usually happens within a few days
Yes – although Symbicort provides some of the function of a reliever inhaler, this is a long-acting relief, which can take a few days to have an effect. You will still need to carry a blue reliever inhaler for quick-acting relief in emergency situations. However, you will likely need to use your relief inhaler less frequently if you are using Symbicort every day.
Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Symbicort turbohalers are available for next-day delivery.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Symbicort turbohalers online.
The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.
There are many advantages to buying asthma treatments online, some include:
- It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Symbicort turbohalers and other asthma treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Symbicort turbohalers are available on the NHS from your GP if you have been diagnosed with asthma, exercise-induced wheezing or breathing problems due to allergens. This is normally where we suggest people start their treatment, to ensure that their condition is properly diagnosed and any possible serious symptoms are addressed.
Many people can find it difficult to fit in time to see their GP or hard to get an appointment at all! It can, therefore, be more convenient to order your treatment online and have it delivered to your home or work address with minimum fuss. We also provide complete support to allow you to get any questions answered by our professional team by phone, email or live chat.
Here at The Independent Pharmacy, we take the headache out of getting asthma treatment.