Can You Get a Symbicort Prescription Online?
If you have asthma, you may have tried a number of different medications to help relieve your symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 25 million people in the United States have asthma.
What is Symbicort?
Symbicort is a long acting inhaler medication that is used to help prevent the symptoms of shortness of breath and wheezing caused by asthma.
Symbicort is also used to relieve symptoms of chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How Does Symbicort work?
Symbicort is a combination of two medications: formoterol and budesonide.
Budesonide is a corticosteroid that works by reducing the inflammation, swelling, and irritation of your airways.
Formoterol is a long-acting beta agonist that works by relaxing and opening the airways in your lungs and helps make breathing easier.
Symbicort usually begins working within 15 minutes and can begin working more quickly in people with COPD.
Symbicort Dosage and Treatment
This medication acts as a metered dose inhaler (MDI). Each time you use the inhaler, it gives you a specific dosage by using a pressurized propellant to deliver the medication. Symbicort offers doses of 4.5 mcg of formoterol and 80 mcg or 160 mcg of budesonide. It is commonly prescribed for a dosage of two puffs two times each day.
Benefits of Symbicort
Symbicort helps alleviate the negative symptoms associated with asthma.
This medication is commonly prescribed when other asthma medicines have been ineffective.
Side Effects of Symbicort
Most people that use this medication have no side effects. Generally, side effects that occur in patients with asthma are mild and may include the following:
- Upset stomach
- Throat irritation
- Thrush in the throat or mouth
- Nasal congestion
- Back pain
- High blood pressure
- Upper respiratory infection
- Mild side effects in patients with COPD may include:
- Throat irritation
- Thrush in the throat or mouth
Infrequently, Symbicort can cause worsening of breathing problems or asthma after use. If you experience any sudden worsening of breathing after using this medication, use a rescue inhaler and seek immediate medical attention.
Serious side effects of Symbicort are rare. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Mood changes such as nervousness or anxiety
- Muscle cramps
- Blurred vision or other visual disturbances
- Trouble sleeping
- White patches on your tongue or in your mouth
- Sore throat that doesn’t go away
- Itching or swelling of the throat, tongue, or face
- Irregular heartbeat
Symbicort Considerations and Precautions
Before you start taking Symbicort, you should tell your doctor about your medical history and any current medical conditions, especially if you have high blood pressure. You should also let your doctor know about all the medications you are taking, including any vitamins or herbal supplements.
Symbicort should not be taken for severe or sudden symptoms of asthma or COPD. Don’t use this medication more often than your doctor prescribes.
Do not use other medications that contain a LABA (Long-Acting Beta Agonist) while taking Symbicort.
Hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar levels) and hypokalemia (decreased potassium levels) can occasionally occur when taking this medication.
To reduce the chances of getting a fungal infection or thrush in your throat or mouth, you should rinse your mouth with water (don’t swallow the water) after you use Symbicort.
People with asthma sometimes experience swelling of their blood vessels while taking Symbicort. Talk to your doctor if you experience any feelings of pins and needles, swelling in your sinuses, or numbness in your arms or legs.
People that are immune-suppressed or have COPD have a higher chance of contracting pneumonia or getting other lower respiratory tract infections while taking Symbicort. Contact your doctor if you notice an increase in your mucus production or if you experience symptoms such as fever, fatigue, chills, increased cough, or breathing problems.
Using Symbicort can cause slower growth in children. While using this medication, your child’s progression of growth should be checked regularly.
Can You Buy Symbicort Online?
According to law, you must have a consultation with a doctor before you can get a prescription for medication. Then your doctor must send the prescription for a pharmacy to fill. You should think twice about considering any website that offers to sell you drugs such as Symbicort with no prescription required at a “too good to be true” cost.
Luckily, there are online tele-healthcare websites that are legitimate and safe. Sites like Plushcare.com offer appointments with a trusted doctor via telephone call or video chat where you can get a proper evaluation, diagnosis and prescription for medications such as Symbicort.
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