budesonide and formoterol inhalation (cont.)
What happens if I miss a dose (Symbicort)?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Symbicort)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose can cause redness around your nose, runny nose, trouble breathing, nervousness, muscle cramps, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, sleep problems (insomnia), tremors, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, fainting, and seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while using budesonide and formoterol inhalation (Symbicort)?
Do not use a second form of formoterol (such as Foradil, Performist) or use a similar inhaled bronchodilator such as salmeterol (Serevent, Advair) or arformoterol (Brovana) unless your doctor has told you to.
Using a steroid can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medicines.
What other drugs will affect budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- antibiotics such as azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), or telithromycin (Ketek);
- antifungal medication such as ketoconazole (Nizoral), or itraconazole (Sporanox);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate);
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), doxepin (Sinequan, Silenor), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and others; or
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Dutoprol, Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with budesonide and formoterol inhalation. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about budesonide and formoterol inhalation.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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