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Asthma | Active ingredient(s): Budesonide & Formoterol | Manufacturer: AstraZeneca

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How Symbicort works

This is a highly effective dual asthma treatment which can work as a reliever inhaler as well as an anti-inflammatory. Budesonide is a type of steroid that is also found in the inhaler known as Pulmicort, where it's the sole ingredient. Steroids such as these are used in asthma treatment because they help to reduce inflammation in the airways, which tends to be present in asthma patients, but more so in instances where irritants are present in the environment.

However, steroidal anti-inflammatory action can take a while to provide noticeable relief, which is why reliever inhalers such as Ventolin with salbutamol are recommended. Symbicort, on the other hand already has an ingredient, formoterol fumarate dehydrate, which is a long-acting beta 2-adrenoceptor agonist. It is also known as a bronchodilator and widens airways by acting on receptors found around the airways. So while the latter provides almost instant relief from asthma symptoms, Symbicort's anti-inflammatory action can get to work to provide long-term preventative relief.

Patients that can use Symbicort

In most instances this treatment is used to prevent breathlessness and discomfort, which are common asthma symptoms. It can be used on its own or with a reliever such as Ventolin. However, it should not be used if you have an existing allergy to the active ingredients in this treatment or treatments that work in a similar way.

You should also mention to your doctor if you are taking any medications, especially beta-blockers or diuretics, or if you have diabetes, a lung infection, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, and high levels of potassium or liver problems.

Using Symbicort Turbohaler

The Turbohaler comes in three doses: 100mcg (budesonide) / 6mcg (formoterol fumarate dehydrate), 200/6mcg and 400/12mcg. How often each of these doses should be administered will differ from person to person but most of the time using your inhaler twice a day should be sufficient.

The side effects

All prescription medications carry with them a risk of side effects, although it doesn't mean that that they will affect all patients who use a particular treatment. Common side effects include: oral thrush, mild sore throat, hoarseness, headaches and heart palpitations. In most cases these side effects aren't lasting and oral thrush can even be avoided by ensuring that you rinse your mouth after every use of this medication.

Should any of these side effects start to bother you or you notice anything more serious, immediate medical help should be sought.

Buying Symbicort Turbohaler safely online

We understand the importance of staying on top of your asthma treatment regimen, which is why we've made it safe and convenient for patients to get a repeat prescription for their inhaler online at 121doc. Our order process includes a specially developed and 100% free consultation, which will allow our doctor to evaluate your suitability for a prescription. If a prescription is issued you will be notified and your order will be passed to our pharmacy, where our pharmacist will ensure that your treatment is dispensed for delivery the very next day, at no additional charge. We offer different medications for asthma so be sure you have the correct form. To view the rest of our medications see our asthma condition page for more information and other available treatments.

Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.


What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.

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Select a condition here or use the top menu. For every condition, we provide you with information as well as the treatments we currently offer. If you don’t know which is best for you, just click the 'Advise-me' button.


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Every order starts with an online consultation. We will ask you medical questions to make sure only treatment that is safe and effective is prescribed. We take into account your lifestyle, health and any other medications you’re currently using.

The consultation is completely free, and takes between 5 and 10 minutes of your time.

All your information is safe with us. We don’t share it with anyone unless you want us to.


If you need any guidance, you can call, message or email our customer service team via the ‘How can we help you?' section here.

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As soon as you place the order, one of our doctors will review your consultation. On working days, this usually takes around one hour.


If the doctor has any additional questions, you will receive a phone call and an email. We understand you might be at work or busy. Our customer service representatives are always discreet and can call back at a more convenient time if necessary.

Our emails never contain any personal or medical information, only a link to your private account on our website (where you will find your messages).


Once our pharmacy receives your prescription, you will get a second email with your package tracking code.

Deliver Expect your delivery the next working day.
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All orders include next-day delivery. Alternatively, you can select a delivery date that suits you better.


We also provide a free UPS Access Point service. Pick up your package from one of many collection points across the UK.

With your tracking code, you will know the estimated delivery time. All we need is your signature (or a friend‘s or relative’s).


All parcels are plainly labelled; there is no logo or any indication of its contents. Inside, you will find your treatment as well as a patient leaflet in your chosen language.

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With 121doc’s Subscribe & Save service, you can automatically receive your treatment every few weeks or months.

The order will be generated by us, using the information you provided (including delivery frequency). You don’t have to do anything. Payment is taken two days before shipping.


There are two ways to subscribe. The first is during the order process. The second is via your profile here.

You can cancel or amend your repeat prescriptions at any time.


There are no sign-up fees with this service. Plus, you get a 10% discount off all future prescriptions, increasing to 15% after six orders!