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Budesonide; Formoterol Inhalation

What is this medicine?

BUDESONIDE; FORMOTEROL (byoo DES oh nide; for MOH te rol) inhalation is a combination of 2 medicines that decrease inflammation and help to open up the airways in your lungs. It is used to treat asthma. It is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Do NOT use for an acute asthma or COPD attack.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is inhaled through the mouth. Rinse your mouth with water after use. Make sure not to swallow the water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask your doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • fever

  • high blood pressure

  • nervousness

  • tremors

  • white patches or sores in mouth

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough

  • different taste in mouth

  • headache

  • sore throat

  • stuffy nose

  • stomach upset

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

  • mifepristone

  • probucol

  • procarbazine

  • some other medicines for asthma like formoterol, salmeterol

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin

  • cimetidine

  • diuretics

  • grapefruit juice

  • itraconazole

  • ketoconazole

  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances

  • medicines for irregular heartbeat

  • methadone

  • some heart medicines like atenolol, metoprolol

  • some other medicines for breathing problems

  • some vaccines

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose and continue with your regular schedule, spacing doses evenly. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store in a dry place at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not get the inhaler wet. Keep track of the number of doses used. Throw away the inhaler after using the marked number of inhalations or after the expiration date, whichever comes first. Do not burn or puncture canister.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bone problems

  • diabetes

  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat

  • high blood pressure

  • immune system problems

  • infection

  • liver disease

  • worsening asthma

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to budesonide, formoterol, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or get worse. Do not use this medicine more than every 12 hours.

NEVER use this medicine for an acute asthma or COPD attack. You should use your short-acting rescue inhalers for this purpose. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your doctor right away.

This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier