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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 causes side effects in some patients.
For a full list of all possible risks and side effects, read the Symbicort patient leaflet.
If you experience any of these side effects, speak to your doctor.
The ingredients in the Symbicort inhaler can interact with other types of medication. This includes:
Do not use Symbicort if you are allergic to budesonide, formoterol, lactose or any other ingredient.
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.
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.
You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.
If you would like to avail of DrEd's services but do not live in Ireland, please be aware that this service is also available in:
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Doctor reviews your suitability and if appropriate issues your prescription
We’ll send urgent scripts fast to any Irish pharmacy or the paper script to your address
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We want to make it easier and more affordable for you to access the healthcare you need.
Orders placed before 4pm will be dispatched the same day.
Delivered to your chosen address within 3-5 working days.
For urgent orders, delivered to your chosen pharmacy from 1 hour of placing your order if placed Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.
Your prescription will be delivered in plain, unlabeled packaging