Ventolin vs Symbicort



Ventolin

  • Ventolin
  • What is Ventolin

    Ventolin inhaler (Albuterol) is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs. Ventolin HFA is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease. Albuterol inhalation is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.

  • Ventolin price

    $ 19.95 (Package 100mcg 200dpi x 1 inhaler)

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  • How to use ventolin

    1. Remove Ventolin Inhaler cap. Place middle or index finger on top of canister and thumb underneath the mouthpiece of the inhaler.
    2. Shake inhaler for 5-10 seconds.
    3. Breathe out fully (in preparation to breathe in medication).
    4. Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it.
    5. Push the top of the canister all the way down while breathe in deeply and slowly through your mouth.
    6. Press canister one time to release medication and continue to breathe in slowly until lungs are full (do not breathe out).
    7. Hold your breath for 5-10 seconds, and then breathe out.
    8. If your physician has prescribed more than one dose (puff), wait 30 seconds and repeat above.
    9. Put the cap back on.
  • Ventolin dosage

    You should follow your doctor's instructions carefully when using this medicine.

    The inhaler is typically used every four to six hours as needed to treat or prevent symptoms of lung disease. The nebulizer solution is typically used three to four times a day as needed.

    The inhaler form of albuterol comes in canisters. Each canister provides 200 inhalations. You should throw away the canister after you've used the labeled number of inhalations, even if you think it still contains some medication.

    Never use your inhaler to inhale any other type of medication. Your inhaler is designed for an albuterol canister only.

    You should clean your inhaler or nebulizer on a regular basis. If you don't care for your inhaler properly, it can become blocked.

  • Side effects

    • Nervousness, headache, dizziness;
    • mouth/throat dryness or irritation, changes in taste;
    • cough, nausea;
    • raise blood pressure;
    • fast/pounding heartbeat;
    • chest pain, irregular heartbeat;
    • trouble breathing, confusion;
    • rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/throat/tongue);
    • confusion.

Symbicort

  • Symbicort
  • What is Symbicort

    Symbicort inhaler contains two active ingredients, budesonide and formoterol fumarate. Budesonide belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It is used to treat people whose asthma is not controlled with regular corticosteroids and as needed short-acting bronchodilators (relievers, eg salbutamol).

  • Symbicort price

    $ 34.95 (Package 100mcg + 6mcg 120 dpi x 1 inhaler)

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  • How to use symbicort

    1. Shake your inhaler well for 5 seconds. Remove the mouthpiece cover by squeezing gently at both sides, then pulling out. Check the mouthpiece for foreign objects.
    2. Breathe out fully (exhale). Hold the inhaler up to your mouth. Place the white mouthpiece fully into your mouth and close your lips around it. Make sure that the inhaler is upright and that the opening of the mouthpiece is pointing towards the back of your throat.
    3. Breathe in (inhale) deeply and slowly through your mouth. Press down firmly and fully on the top of the counter on the inhaler to release the medicine.
    4. Continue to breathe in (inhale) and then hold your breath for about 10 seconds, or for as long as it is comfortable. Before you breathe out (exhale), release your finger from the top of the counter. Keep your inhaler upright and remove it from your mouth.
    5. Shake your inhaler again for 5 seconds and repeat steps 2 to 4.
  • Symbicort dosage

    Inhalers deliver two different strengths Symbicort: 160 micrograms (mcg) of budesonide/4.5 mcg formoterol and 80 mcg budesonide/4.5 mcg formoterol.

    Regardless of the strength, each inhaler contains 4.5 of formoterol, while the dose of budesonide varies.

    Your doctor will determine what dose and strength is best for you.

    You may begin with a lower dose of Symbicort and adjust the dose with your doctor's supervision over a period of several weeks until your symptoms are controlled.

    Because Symbicort contains a steroid, try to remember to rinse your mouth after each use to help prevent thrush (a yeast infection in your mouth).

  • Side effects

    • Headache, severe dizziness, fainting;
    • throat irritation;
    • stomach upset, increased thirst/urination;
    • raise blood pressure;
    • sudden worsening of breathing;
    • mental/mood changes (such as nervousness);
    • trouble sleeping;
    • vision problems (such as blurred vision);
    • muscle cramps, seizures;
    • chest pain, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.

Reviews

Zoe

I have had asthma for years and take albuterol. I heard about this new inhaler from a physician at work. He stated that it was a more pure form of the drug. At the time he stated it was expensive to get. At the same time we were finding out that albuterol was being discontinued. The replacement had a horrible taste to it. My son who has severe asthma was even refusing to take the new inhalor. I asked my physician for it specifically at my next visit. He did not hesitate to provide me the prescription. My insurance company doesn't pay much of anything so I worried they would not cover it and they did. I was very happy that it worked so well with no funny taste. Two puffs as needed every four hours. I have taken albuteral and it does help but this is awesome. It works within seconds and you don't get shaky.

Janet

I've had asthma since I was born and I've been using ventolin inhalers ever since I can remember and these proair inhalers actually make my asthma attack worse unless I take 5 to 7 puffs. I won't buy them anymore. I had to go through my insurance and get approval to continue using my regular ventolin inhalers. Luckily I have a ppo plan so they didn't give me trouble. Just a lil' aggravating to have to call and wait for override. I hope everyone will do the same and get rid of proair for good.

Amy

As long as I take two puffs twice daily, the coughing is under control. When I cut down a bit, the coughing returns. My concerns are as follows... joint pain, weight gain, and what is it doing to my bones? I've used symbicort and flovent (but not on the same day) for years now.

Patrik

Symbicort is one of the few medications that completely rids me of asthma. I can breathe beautifully. The first day or so is amazing. Eventually, however, I begin experiencing side-effects: insomnia, hoarse voice, and muscle weakness.

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