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Symbicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate)and/or alternatives
Symbicort Turbuhaler 320/9mcg/Inh from $1.77 USD/doseSymbicort Turbuhaler 320/9mcg/Inh
Marketed as Symbicort Turbohaler in European Union
Manufactured by: Astra Zeneca
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
Basic Information On Symbicort
Symbicort is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a combination of a bronchodilator (formoterol) and a steroid (budesonide). Steroid treats inflammation in the body while bronchodilator improves breathing by relaxing the muscles of the airway in the lungs. It is also used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The Symbicort drug is meant for asthmatic adults and children above 6 years of age whose asthma could not be controlled by an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting beta 2- agonist. However, this medication does not treat acute symptoms and cannot be used as a rescue medication. Therapy with Symbicort should be gradually reduced once asthma control has been achieved.
Precautions / Side Effects Of Symbicort
The active chemical ingredients of Symbicort are Budesonide and Formoterol. It is a long acting beta2 agonist and should be used only when asthma is severe enough and is uncontrolled by other medicines like inhaled corticosteroid. You should take only the prescribed amount of drug. Do not change the medication dosage or schedule. Brand or generic Symbicort can increase the possibility of asthma related death. It must not be used by patients under 12 years of age. Using this medication in small children can retard their growth.
Before using brand or generic Symbicort, make sure to inform your doctor if you have diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid disorder, any active infection, heart disease or high blood pressure. You would need a dose adjustment in such cases. As Budesonide/Formoterol is a steroid, it can cause side effects like delayed wound healing, susceptibility to infections like measles and chicken pox, and immune suppression. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should not take Symbicort without doctor’s consultation.
The recommended starting Symbicort dosage for adults and adolescents over 12 years of age depends on patients' asthma severity. It is administered twice daily, and the inhalations are taken 12 hours apart. It should be inhaled orally. After inhalation, you should rinse your mouth with water without swallowing. You should not use other long-acting beta2-agonists while using Symbicort. Inhalations should be limited to two a day, as more frequent inhalations can cause adverse side effects. A short acting beta2 agonist should be taken for instant relief if asthma symptoms are experienced in the period between the doses. The maximum recommended Symbicort dosage is 160/4.5 mg twice daily.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.