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Symbicort

Preparing your Symbicort inhaler:
Take your SYMBICORT inhaler out of the foil pouch and write the date
on the box. If you are using your inhaler for the first time, you need to
prime it.
To prime your inhaler:
ξ Hold it in the upright position as shown
ξ Shake your inhaler well for 5 seconds
ξ Remove the mouthpiece cover by squeezing gently at both sides,
then pulling out hold the inhaler facing away from you, and
release a test spray
ξ Shake it again for 5 seconds and release a second test spray

If you do not use your SYMBICORT inhaler for more than 7 days or if you drop it, you will
need to prime it again.

How to Use Your Inhaler and Spacer
1. Remove the mouthpiece caps from the spacer and the inhaler.
2. Put the inhaler mouthpiece into the larger end of the spacer.
3. Shake the inhaler and spacer well, mixing the medicine
properly.
4. Sit upright, tilt your head back slightly and breathe out to
empty your lungs of air.
5. Put the spacer mouthpiece in your mouth and seal your lips
around the mouthpiece.
6. Squeeze the inhaler once to release one puff.
7. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth over 3-5
seconds. If you are not able to take a single deep breath, you may take 3 or 4 slow deep
breaths.
8. Hold your breath for 10 seconds or as long as you can, to allow the medicine to reach all of
the areas of your lungs.
9. Remove the spacer from your mouth and breathe out.
10. Resume normal breathing.
11. Shake inhaler well between puffs.
12. Repeat steps 3 through 11 for more puffs.

How to Use a Spacer
1. Remove the mouthpiece caps from the
spacer and the inhaler.
2. Put the inhaler mouthpiece into the larger end of the spacer
3. Shake the inhaler and spacer well, mixing the medicine
properly.
4. Sit upright, tilt your head slightly back.

5. Gently place the mask over your mouth and nose. Squeeze the inhaler once to release a puff
of medicine into the spacer.
6. Continue to hold the mask over your mouth and nose for several breaths (5-6). You should
see the flap valve inside the spacer open slightly with each breath.
7. Remove the mask from your face.
8. Shake inhaler well between puffs.
9. Repeat steps 3 through 7 for more puffs.

After Using Your SYMBICORT Inhaler
Put the cover back on the mouthpiece after use. Rinse your mouth with water and spit it out.
Don’t swallow the water.

Reading the Inhaler Counter
The counter for your SYMBICORT inhaler is found at the top of the metal canister. The arrow
points to the number of inhalations, or puffs, remaining in the canister. After you have primed
the inhaler for the first time, the counter will read either 120 or 60, depending on which size was
provided to you.
Each time you release a puff from the inhaler, the counter will count down.
Remember:
ξ Use SYMBICORT two times per day, one time in the morning and one time in the
evening
ξ While taking SYMBICORT, never use another medicine
that contains a LABA (long-acting beta2-adrenergic
agonist)
ξ SYMBICORT is not, and will not replace, a rescue inhaler
for symptoms that suddenly become worse. Contact your
doctor if these symptoms do not improve or if they become
worse.

When to Discard Your SYMBICORT Inhaler
Throw away SYMBICORT when the counter reads zero (0) or 3 months after you take
SYMBICORT out of its foil pouch, whichever comes first. Your SYMBICORT inhaler may not
feel empty and it may continue to operate, but you will not get the right amount of medicine if
you keep using it.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 3/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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