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Symbicort Turbohaler is a preventer asthma inhaler. It is used on a daily basis to prevent asthma symptoms and severe attacks.

To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Symbicort. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment. Our service is for patients who have been using Symbicort for at least three months.

Once approved by our doctor, you have two delivery options to choose from. Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.

A consultation for asthma treatment costs €20.

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How does Symbicort work?

Symbicort contains a combination of the two ingredients budesonide and formoterol fumarate. Budesonide is a corticosteroid which acts as an anti-inflammatory while also reducing the swelling and narrowing in your airways which causes asthma symptoms. Formoterol belongs to a group of medicines called long-acting bronchodilators. As the name implies, it dilates your airways. It achieves this by relaxing the muscles in your airways.

Symbicort is used in two different ways. In some patients, it is prescribed in combination with a blue reliever inhaler, which is to be used whenever acute symptoms occur. However, Symbicort is also sometimes prescribed for the use as a preventer inhaler and a reliever inhaler. In this case, the patient uses the inhaler on a daily basis to prevent symptoms but also uses it to combat acute symptoms.

How is the Symbicort turbohaler used?

The Symbicort turbohaler needs to be prepared before the first use. In order to prime your inhaler for the first use, remove the inhaler cover and hold the turbohaler upright. Turn the red grip as far as you can in one direction, then turn it as far as it will go in the opposite direction. Once you have heard a clicking noise, repeat the process of turning the red grip in both directions. After this, the turbohaler is ready for the first inhalation.

It is important that you know how to use your Symbicort turbohaler correctly. If you have any doubts as to how you should use it, always ask a pharmacist or your doctor for advice. If you do not use it correctly you might not inhale the correct dose, which leaves you at risk of asthma symptoms or a dangerous asthma attack.

To take an inhalation, follow these steps:

  • Unscrew the lid and take it off (you may hear a rattling noise as you remove the lid).
  • Hold the inhaler upright. The red grip should point to the floor.
  • Load your inhaler with one dose. In order to do this, you need to turn the red grip as far as it will go in one direction, then in the other direction. You will hear a clicking sound which indicates when the inhaler is loaded. Do not hold the mouthpiece while loading the inhaler.
  • Breathe out gently. In order to avoid breathing into the inhaler, hold it away from you while you breathe out.
  • Put the mouthpiece between your teeth. Do not bite or chew the mouthpiece. Inhale deeply, remove the mouthpiece and breathe out slowly.

Repeat these steps for every inhalation you need to take. You should clean your inhaler once a week, using a dry tissue to wipe the mouthpiece. Do not use water or detergent to clean your Symbicort turbohaler.

How do I know whether my Symbicort inhaler is empty?

The dose indicator on the side of the inhaler shows how many doses are left. When there are ten or less doses left, the background of the indicator turns red. When the 0 on the red background appears in the middle of the window, your inhaler is empty and you need to start a new one. The turbohaler will still make a clicking noise when you try to load it - this does not mean that there is any powder left inside.

How often do I need to use the Symbicort inhaler?

How often you need to use Symbicort depends on whether you are using it as a standalone treatment or in combination with a blue reliever inhaler. Your GP will tell you how often you need to use Symbicort and how many inhalations you are required to take each time. Patients who are also using a reliever inhaler to manage acute symptoms usually use Symbicort twice a day and take one or two inhalations each time.

Patients who use Symbicort to relieve as well as prevent symptoms use the inhaler twice a day, taking one to two inhalations every time. In addition, they use their inhaler whenever symptoms occur. If you find that the frequency with which you encounter symptoms increases, you must speak to your doctor who may decide to review your treatment plan.


Symbicort Turbohaler contains the two active ingredients budesonide and formoterol fumarate. Each dose contains 100 or 200 micrograms of budesonide and 6 micrograms of formoterol. Symbicort also contains lactose monohydrate.

Symbicort Side Effects

Symbicort causes side effects in some patients.

Common Symbicort Side Effects:

  • palpitations
  • trembling and shaking
  • headache
  • sore throat, hoarse voice and coughing
  • oral thrush (a fungal infection which causes white raised patches in your mouth)

Uncommon Side Effects:

  • restlessness
  • fast heart beat
  • feeling nervous or agitated
  • sleep problems
  • bruising
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • muscle cramps

For a full list of all possible risks and side effects, read the Symbicort patient leaflet.

Stop using Symbicort if you experience:

  • difficulty breathing
  • facial swellings
  • hives
  • wheezing and shortness of breath immediately after inhalation
  • feeling faint

If you experience any of these side effects, speak to your doctor.

Drug Interactions

The ingredients in the Symbicort inhaler can interact with other types of medication. This includes:

  • Mono-Amine Oxidase Inhibitors (also known as MAOIs)
  • beta-blockers (used to treat high blood pressure)
  • medicines for an uneven heartbeat
  • medicines used to treat heart failure
  • medications for Parkinson’s disease
  • diuretics used to treat high blood pressure
  • steroid tablets (also used for asthma treatment)
  • xanthine medicines (such as theophylline or aminophylline)
  • other bronchodilators (including salbutamol)
  • phenothiazine medicines
  • tricyclic anti-depressants
  • medications for thyroid problems
  • medicines used for the treatment of HIV
  • certain medications used to treat infections (for example, itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole, clarithromycin, posaconazole, and telithromycin)

Who can not use Symbicort?

Do not use Symbicort if you are allergic to budesonide, formoterol, lactose or any other ingredient.

Tell your doctor if you:

  • are diabetic
  • have a lung infection
  • have low levels of potassium in your blood
  • suffer from high blood pressure or a heart problem
  • have problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands
  • have severe liver problems

If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pharmacy Collect

If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.

If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.

Prescription sent by mail

You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.

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