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How do I take/use this medicine?
Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine is available as different types of devices, such as an inhaler or turbuhaler.
Make sure you know how to use the specific device you have been given. If you have problems or do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Follow your doctor's instructions on whether you should also use this to relieve an acute asthma attack, or if you should use a separate fast-acting bronchodilator instead.
This medicine must be used exactly as directed for it to work well. Continue using it even when you feel better. Do not stop using it unless instructed by your doctor to do so. Your condition may worsen if this medicine is stopped suddenly.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if:
- your breathlessness or chest tightness seems worse
- this medicine does not seem to give as much relief as before
If you also have diabetes, be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly because this medicine may cause your blood sugar to rise.
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, let your doctor or surgeon know that you are being treated with this medicine. If you have been given a steroid card, carry it with you at all times.
If you are also taking oral steroids, do not stop the oral steroids unless your doctor has specifically told you to do so. Your doctor will gradually reduce the dose of your oral steroids when you are using this medicine. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Do not give this medicine to a child unless specifically instructed by the child's doctor.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you suffer from heart disease, especially irregular heart beat or an enlarged heart; high blood pressure, thyroid disease, glaucoma, prostate enlargement, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy (seizures), tuberculosis (TB), other chest infections, myasthenia gravis or liver disease.
Do not use this medicine with other long-acting bronchodilators.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Try to limit your intake of caffeine-containing drinks such as coffee, tea and certain soft drinks. This is because caffeine can increase some of the side effects of this medicine.
Why do I need this medicine?
This medicine contains Budesonide and Formoterol. They are used together in this medicine to treat asthma.
Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called "steroids". Steroids reduce inflammation in the airways of your lungs. Formoterol is a "bronchodilator", which literally means "open airways". Formoterol relaxes the airways in your lungs.
Budesonide and Formoterol work together in this medicine to relieve chest tightness, wheezing and cough so that you can breathe more easily.
This medicine is a preventive asthma medicine which must be used regularly long-term.
What side effects could I experience?
This medicine may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
You may feel that your heart beats faster and more forcefully, causing a "pounding" sensation in your chest. Make sure you inform your doctor but do not stop using this medicine unless told to do so.
It may also cause a yellowish coating on your tongue and the insides of your mouth. This is a fungal infection known as oral thrush. Rinse your mouth with water after using the medicine to minimise this problem.
Other common side effects include sore throat, hoarse voice, cough, colds, headache, nervousness, shaky hands, nausea and dry mouth.
Alert your doctor if these side effects are severe or if you experience any other side effects.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- other asthma medicines
- heart medicines such as digoxin, metoprolol, atenolol, propranolol, hydrochlorothiazide, frusemide
- antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole, itraconazole
- antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.