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Drug interactions between Breo Ellipta and Symbicort

Results for the following 2 drugs:
Breo Ellipta (fluticasone/vilanterol)
Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol)

Interactions between your drugs

Moderate

formoterol vilanterol

Applies to: Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) and Breo Ellipta (fluticasone / vilanterol)

Using formoterol together with vilanterol may increase cardiovascular side effects such as elevations in heart rate and blood pressure or irregular heart rhythm. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns, particularly if you have a history of high blood pressure, arrhythmia, or heart disease. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring to safely use both medications. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Minor

fluticasone formoterol

Applies to: Breo Ellipta (fluticasone / vilanterol) and Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)

Consumer information for this minor interaction is not currently available. Some minor drug interactions may not be clinically relevant in all patients. Minor drug interactions do not usually cause harm or require a change in therapy. However, your healthcare provider can determine if adjustments to your medications are needed.

For clinical details see professional interaction data.

Minor

budesonide vilanterol

Applies to: Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) and Breo Ellipta (fluticasone / vilanterol)

Consumer information for this minor interaction is not currently available. Some minor drug interactions may not be clinically relevant in all patients. Minor drug interactions do not usually cause harm or require a change in therapy. However, your healthcare provider can determine if adjustments to your medications are needed.

For clinical details see professional interaction data.

Drug and food interactions

Moderate

budesonide food

Applies to: Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)

You should avoid the regular consumption of large amounts of grapefruits and grapefruit juice while taking budesonide. Grapefruit can raise the levels of budesonide in your body and lead to increased side effects. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.

Duplication

Cortisones

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'cortisones' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'cortisones' category:

  • Breo Ellipta (fluticasone/vilanterol)
  • Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol)

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Duplication

Inhaled smooth muscle relaxants

Therapeutic duplication

The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'inhaled smooth muscle relaxants' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'inhaled smooth muscle relaxants' category:

  • Breo Ellipta (fluticasone/vilanterol)
  • Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol)

Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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