Budesonide and formoterol helps to prevent asthma symptoms and breathing problems. It is also used to relieve symptoms for people with asthma using the SMART action plan.
Inhale budesonide and formoterol as directed by your healthcare professional.
Rinse your mouth after use.
Budesonide and formoterol works best when used every day.
If you need quick relief from asthma symptoms or breathing problems, use your ‘reliever’ medicine (e.g. salbutamol, terbutaline, ipratropium). If you have asthma and are using the SMART action plan, budesonide and formoterol is both your preventer and reliever medicine.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and inhale your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, inhale the missed dose as soon as you remember.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain
|Tell your doctor|
Dry mouth or throat, hoarse voice, cough
Small white sores in mouth, furry tongue (oral thrush)
|Use a spacer and rinse your mouth after use. If symptoms continue, tell your doctor.|
Nervousness, trouble sleeping
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. June 2017
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