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How would symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) affect cardiomyopathy?

How would symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) affect cardiomyopathy?

See below: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a treatment of lung disease and some cardiomyopathies are due to lung problems, especially sleep apnea. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) may alleviate pulmonary symptoms and consequently alleviate the lung burden to the heart (in cardiomyopathies due to lung problems). But it usually requires also treatment such as weight loss and CPAP - positive pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more


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Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Clinical Trial Now: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound. ...Read more

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I haven't been able to control my asmath, I have been recently changed from symbicort to vaniar. And the predinose is the only thing good happening ?

I haven't been able to control my asmath, I have been recently changed from symbicort to vaniar.   And the predinose is the only thing good happening ?

Go to ER: Your asthma is recalcitrant to treatment with steroid/LABA. On Vannair, you can use 2 actuations every 12 hours of the 160/4.5, but you should also be using your rescue inhaler. Sounds like you need to have nebulizers ASAP and steroids. I suspect that you may have something else causing either asthma exacerbations or underlying issue that needs imaging/pulmonolgy ASAP. Please go to ER for eval ...Read more

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Didn't wait between my puffs of symbicort. Is that okay? Really anxious

You're ok: It's ok. The 'wait' is to allow time for the medication to absorb slightly in the airways before putting more in. It's probably also more theoretical too. The particle size of the medicine is small enough that it won't matter too much if you did your puffs right back to back. That important thing is that you took your meds as recommended. ...Read more

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Does symbicort really lower immunity? Anxious about germs now and getting sick

Does symbicort really lower immunity? 
Anxious about germs now and getting sick

No: Keep in mind that people with allergy and asthma will catch infections. During the trials with the exception of oral candidiasis and influenza, the rate infections was not any greater than those that received a placebo(neither pneumonia in COPD, Upper respiratory infections nor sinusitis) There is a caution against using any corticosteroid in those with tuberculosis, fungal or herpes infections. ...Read more

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Accidentally swallowed symbicort. Rinsed and garlged afterwards but now I'm getting anxious about it?

Accidentally swallowed symbicort. Rinsed and garlged afterwards but now I'm getting anxious about it?

Mgt: It should be alright. If you notice any white patches, treatment for thrush can be prescribed. Please rinse after the use of your inhaler. A virtual inbox consult to review your asthma plan may be booked online. ...Read more

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Accidentally blew inside the symbicort inhaler. When I do my dose next will it affect it or increase it if some is left inside ?

Accidentally blew inside the symbicort inhaler. When I do my dose next will it affect it or increase it if some is left inside ?

No. You're okay!: I assume you mean you discharged it without meaning to. Or you exhaled instead of inhaled. The particles deposit within seconds and are no longer in the chamber unless you have a spacer attached. Even then, the particles only stay suspended in the chamber for a few minutes. ...Read more

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Opened another symbicort inhaler and for the first puff, we just have to twist it once right? Not all the way through cuz it clicked after half turn

Opened another symbicort inhaler and for the first puff, we just have to twist it once right? Not all the way through cuz it clicked after half turn

All the way: The first time you use it, you turn the red bottom all the way in one direction and all the way in the other direction. Twice. It doesn't matter which direction you start the first time. ...Read more

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Is symbicort and singulair making me gain weight?

Is symbicort and singulair making me gain weight?

No: Now watch what you eat. Eat healthy and exercise as you tolerate 1 hour per day. Your breathing issues may limit your exercise ...Read more

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I usually take my symbicort inhaler at twice 3pm and then 3am. Missed it today and took it at 7pm. Do I have to take it at 7am now?

I usually take my symbicort inhaler at twice 3pm and then 3am. Missed it today and took it at 7pm. Do I have to take it at 7am now?

Not necessarily...: ...however, why were you told to wake up at 3am? If it is because you are night shift worker, then I understand. But if not, you may consider rotating to a more tolerable schedule, such as 7am and 7pm. But if you want to remain 3pm and 3am, you do not have to wait until 7. Taking Symbicort again within 8 hours won't hurt if done this one time. ...Read more

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Been on symbicort on and off for 6 months. Been on it regularly for 1 month now with montelukast and aerius. Safe? Will it lower immunity? PS anxious

Safe.: There is always a balance between risk and benefit of meds. Generally inhaled steroids are safe as the amount absorbed systemically is small and the amount deposited on your mucous membranes can be washed away with a simple rinse after inhalation. These meds do not significantly suppress the immune system. ...Read more

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How is a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhalor used?

How is a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhalor used?

Asthma and COPD: Usually this drug is administered twice daily by inhalation. The drug has typically been used as a maintenance (every day) inhaler in asthma and in COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis). ...Read more

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Does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) have a broncodilator in it?

Yes: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a combination of a long-acting bronchodilator (formoterol) and a steroid (budesonide). It comes in two different strengths, 80/4.5 and 160/4.5. The 4.5 is the dose of the bronchodilator. ...Read more

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How long does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) take to work?

How long does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) take to work?

Not a rescue drug...: Check out page 10 at http://www1.Astrazeneca-us.Com/pi/symbicort.Pdf. Average time to bronchodilation (opening up lungs) was 15min. Maximum objective measured benefit (fev1) occurred at 3hrs while significant improvement continued past 12hrs (this drug is dosed twice daily). Fev1 improved dramatically in 1st 2wks & continued to improve thru wk 6 at which stabilized thru wk 12 (duration of study). ...Read more

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