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Turbuhaler

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Symbicort; Pulmicort Adult

Turbuhaler - What is it for

  • Turbuhalers are inhaler devices that help deliver a specific amount of medication to your lungs.
  • They are used to deliver medications that are used for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Both asthma and COPD affect the lungs which makes it harder for the person to breathe.
  • Turbuhalers deliver a very small dose of the medication each time, thus you usually do not feel or taste anything after a dose.
  • Hence, it is important to use the Turbuhalers correctly to get the full dosage and benefit from the medication.
  • This allows the medication to have a higher chance of reaching the small airways, which increases the effectiveness of the medication and helps to reduce any side effects.
  •  Each Turbuhaler consists of a plastic device that contains dry powdered medication. It is activated by breath. This means that when you inhale, the Turbuhaler automatically releases the medication.

Turbuhaler - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Turbuhaler cause?

Before taking Turbuhaler, what precautions must I follow?

  • Not holding the Turbuhaler upright while turning the base – if the Turbuhaler is not held upright as you turn the base, it will not deliver a full dose.
  • Do not blow into the Turbuhaler or immerse it into water.
  • Do not continue using the Turbuhaler after the last dose is delivered even if you hear powder when you shake the Turbuhaler. The powder is the drying agent and not the medication.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Turbuhaler?

Turbuhaler - Dosage and How to Use

How should Turbuhaler be used?

For all Turbuhalers other than Budesonide/Formoterol (Symbicort)

​Steps​Description
​1​Unscrew and remove the cap.
​2​Hold the Turbuhaler upright with base downwards.
​3​Twist the base as far as possible in one direction.
​4​Twist it back in the opposite direction until you hear a click. This means the Turbuhaler is primed and ready for use.
​5​Breathe out gently, away from the Turbuhaler.
​6​Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and seal tightly with your lips.
​7​Breathe in forcefully and deeply with your mouth.
​8​Remove the inhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds or as long as you can.
​9​Breathe out slowly, away from the inhaler.
​10​If another dose is required, repeat steps 2 to 9 after 1 minute.
​11​Replace the cap.
​12​Turbuhalers feature either a dose counter to show the exact number of doses left or a red indicator at the side of the device. Consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.

 

​Steps​Description
​1​Unscrew and remove the cap.
​2​Hold the inhaler upright with base downwards.
​3Twist the base as far as possible in one direction.
​4​Twist it back in the opposite direction until you hear a click.
​5​Repeat steps 3 and 4 again for one time. The inhaler is now ready for use, and you should not repeat this procedure again.
​6​To take a dose, twist the base as far as possible in one direction.
​7

Twist it back in the opposite direction until you hear a click.

This means that for the first dose, you will hear a total of 3 clicks. For subsequent doses, you should only hear one click.

​8​Breathe out gently, away from the inhaler.
​9​Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and seal tightly with your lips.
​10​Breathe in forcefully and deeply.
​11​Remove the inhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds or as long as you can.
​12​Breathe out slowly through your mouth, away from the inhaler.
​13​If another dose is required, repeat steps 6 to 12 after 1 minute.
​14​Replace the cap.
​15​Symbicort is marked in intervals of ten doses, starting from either 60 or 120 when full. For the last ten doses, the background of the indicator is red. Consult your healthcare professional if you are unsure.
For Pulmicort, a red mark will appear at the top of the indicator window when there are approximately twenty doses left. The inhaler should be discarded when the red mark has reached the bottom of the indicator window
​16If your Turbuhaler contains a steroid, please rinse your mouth with water after use to
prevent oral fungal infection.

 

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Turbuhaler - Handling

How should I handle Turbuhaler safely?

​Wipe the outside of the mouthpiece regularly (once a week) with a dry tissue. Do not use water or liquids when you clean the mouthpiece.

Turbuhaler - Storage

How should I store Turbuhaler?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Turbuhaler safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Turbuhaler - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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