Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Symbicort - Anti Asthma Maintenance

I was a bit sick during the weekend, slight back and chest pain and mild asthma. Yesterday I took an early leave for an appointment checkup with my Polmonologist at San Juan De Dios. His findings was, i got an allergic reaction due to cigarette smoke. Dr. Araneta just prescribed an antihistamine drug and continue using Symbicort, my anti asthma maintenance.

Ever since i was a baby i already had asthma which i inherited from my Father. Smoke and dusts triggers my asthma. For many years i become dependent to Ventolin Inhaler, to the point that I'm having nervous attack if i don't have one with me (specially at bedtime and when travelling). Then hubby introduced me to Dr. Araneta, a Polmonologist, he advice me to use Symbicort instead of Ventolin Inhaler

Since i started using Symbicort, i had lesser asthma attack (and if i had, it's very mild). I never get easily tired and breathless for running or being active. I don't have sleepless nights due to difficulty in breathing and irritating whizzing sounds. Before i need 6 or more puffs of Ventolin Inhaler a day but with Symbicort one puff is enough to last an active day.

Symbicort® (budesonide/formoterol) is a widely used inhaled medication for asthma and COPD (Read about Symbicort in COPD), delivered via the inhaler device – Symbicort Turbuhaler®.
In asthma, Symbicort is licensed for use as a regular maintenance therapy with a separate short-acting β2-agonist (SABA) as needed or as a maintenance and reliever therapy in one inhaler - Symbicort Maintenance And Reliever Therapy (Symbicort SMART®[1]. Symbicort SMART combines the anti-inflammatory corticosteroid budesonide and the rapid and long-lasting bronchodilator formoterol in one combination inhaler, to provide an effective approach to managing asthma [2-8]. This approach uses the same Symbicort inhaler for both maintenance and relief and offers a simple and convenient asthma treatment.
Read more about budesonide and formoterol.
With Symbicort SMART, patients take a maintenance dose of Symbicort in line with normal practice to establish asthma control and take additional inhalations ‘as needed' of Symbicort if symptoms occur, to provide rapid symptom relief and increased asthma control.
With this approach, the underlying inflammation is treated with every inhalation [9], making it a more effective treatment approach than traditional therapies using a short-acting β2-agonist as needed, improving daily symptom control and reducing asthma attacks [2-7]. Read more aboutclinical efficacy of Symbicort. Symbicort SMART is also a simpler regimen since a separate short-acting bronchodilator is no longer needed.
Symbicort SMART treats the inflammation with every inhalation, whether used for maintenance or relief
You can also ask your physician for a Be SMART card which entitles you to a 50% discount on three (3) turbuhalers.
with this discount card you can have Symbicort for only Php 691.00 from it's original price of Php 1,300+
General Information on Asthma

I'm very thankful because with Symbicort i can have a normal lifestyle
and be an active Wife and Mommy to my two lovely kids.

Helpful Sites:
http://www.sanjuandedios.org/healthministry.htm for Dr. Joven Araneta Clinic Schedule
http://symbicort.com/ more about Symbicort

1 comment:

jhessa said...

how much po ang symbicort ma'am?? sakin kasi hindi na po tumatalab ang ventolin,, ang ginagamit ko ngaun is bricanyl.. ok naman po xa pero baka mas ok nga po yang symbicort if ever,, :D

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