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DuoRespSpiromax is an asthma treatment that prevents attacks of breathlessness. It also works to reduce flare-ups in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).
The medication's active ingredients relax the muscles of your lungs, making it easier for air to flow in and out. To help you breathe easier, the medication contains corticosteroids. These reduce inflammation and swelling.
Before you start taking this medication, your doctor or nurse will show you how to use the inhaler properly. Start by opening the inhaler's mouthpiece cap, and then slowly open the lid until you hear a click. Next, breathe out normally. Place the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips. Hold that for 10 seconds. After using the inhaler, you should remove it from your mouth. Next, exhale gently and close the cap.
It is not necessary to shake the inhaler before use. Neither should you open the cap if you aren't using it. The dose indicator will count this as dose, and you might not realise that you need a new one. After using the inhaler, clean your mouth and brush your teeth. The medication may leave behind a strange taste or cause thrush.
The recommended dose will vary depending on whether you are using it to treat COPD, asthma, or if you use it as a single inhaler or alongside a "rescue". It is recommended to take 2 inhalations per day if you use it to treat COPD. It is recommended to take 1 to 2 inhalations twice daily if you are only using it as an asthma treatment. However, your doctor may recommend 4 inhalations twice daily if you feel you have a need.
DuoRespSpiromax can be used as a dual-inhaler, which provides both long-term relief as well as fast-acting relief for attacks of breathlessness. The recommended daily dose is two inhalations per day. You can either take one dose together or two separate doses.
If you have an asthma attack, try taking one inhalation. Wait a while to see if it helps. If it doesn't, you can take another one. However, you shouldn't take more than six inhalations at once. You should consult your doctor if you need to take 8 or more inhalations per day. However, you should not exceed 12 inhalations within 24 hours.
The dose indicator will count down each time you use your inhaler. If the numbers turn red (once you have inhaled single-digit doses), it is time to visit your doctor for a replacement.
You should not forget to take your DuoResp Spiromax. Skip the missed dose and go straight to the next one. Do not double your dose to make up the one you missed.
You should not take DuoResp or Spiromax more than you need. Contact your doctor immediately. Overdose can cause your heart to beat faster, make you dizzy, weaker, or give you headaches.
you are allergic to budesonide, formoterol fumarate dihydrate, or the other ingredients of this medicine;
you have diabetes, heart failure, kidney disorder or liver disorder;
you have a lung infection;
you have high blood pressure;
you have problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands;
you have low levels of potassium in your blood;
you are taking any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine; or
you are pregnant, trying to be pregnant or breastfeeding.
DuoResp Spiromax may cause the following side effects:
Trembling or shaking
Thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth
Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice
If any of these or other side effects persist or worsen, then consult your doctor immediately.
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