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A study for a 65 year old man who takes Symbicort - from FDA reports

5,007 males aged 65 (±5) who take the same drug are studied. This is a personalized study for a 65 year old male patient who has Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA.

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On Feb, 10, 2019

5,007 males aged 65 (±5) who take Symbicort are studied.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Symbicort for a 65-year old man.

Information of the patient in this study:

  • Age: 65
  • Gender: male
  • Conditions: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Drugs taken:
    • Symbicort (budesonide; formoterol fumarate dihydrate)

eHealthMe real world results:

Most common side effects over time

< 1 month:
  1. Breathing difficulty
  2. Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Lip swelling
  5. Weight decreased
  6. Heart palpitations (feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing)
  7. Death
  8. Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
  9. Electrocardiogram qt prolonged
  10. Urticaria (rash of round, red welts on the skin that itch intensely)
1 - 6 months:
  1. Breathing difficulty
  2. Cough
  3. Overdose
  4. Hoarseness or changing voice
  5. Rashes (redness)
  6. Heart rate increased
  7. Muscle spasms (muscle contraction)
  8. Fever
  9. Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  10. Chest pain
6 - 12 months:
  1. Pneumonia
  2. Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound made while you breath)
  3. Breathing difficulty
  4. Pulmonary congestion (congestion in the lungs)
  5. Weakness
  6. Drug ineffective
  7. Atrial fibrillation/flutter (atrial fibrillation and flutter are abnormal heart rhythms in which the atria, or upper chambers of the heart, are out of sync with the ventricles)
  8. High blood pressure
  9. Hoarseness or changing voice
  10. Oral candidiasis (fungal infection of mouth)
1 - 2 years:
  1. Breathing difficulty
  2. Cough
  3. Activities of daily living impaired
  4. Visual acuity reduced (reduced clearness of vision)
  5. Blood glucose increased
  6. Fungal infection
  7. Secretion discharge
  8. Weakness
  9. Micturition disorder (disease of passing urine)
  10. Sleep disorder
2 - 5 years:
  1. Breathing difficulty
  2. Cough
  3. High blood pressure
  4. Nausea and vomiting
  5. Drug ineffective
  6. Stroke (sudden death of a portion of the brain cells due to a lack of oxygen)
  7. Chest pain
  8. Diabetes
  9. Lung disorder (lung disease)
  10. Activities of daily living impaired
5 - 10 years:
  1. Pneumonia
  2. Cholangitis (infection of the bile duct)
  3. Pancreatic carcinoma (pancreatic cancer)
  4. Breathing difficulty
  5. Gastrointestinal haemorrhage (bleeding gastrointestinal tract)
  6. Lung disorder (lung disease)
  7. Metastases to liver (cancer spreads to liver)
  8. Cough
  9. Weight decreased
  10. Chest pain
10+ years:
  1. Agranulocytosis (a deficiency of granulocytes in the blood, causing increased vulnerability to infection)
  2. Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
  3. Pneumonia
  4. Cough
  5. Fever
  6. Drug ineffective
  7. Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound made while you breath)
  8. Gastrointestinal haemorrhage (bleeding gastrointestinal tract)
  9. Aphonia (inability to produce voice)
  10. Confusional state
not specified:
  1. Breathing difficulty
  2. Pneumonia
  3. Cough
  4. Drug ineffective
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)
  7. Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
  8. Weakness
  9. Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound made while you breath)
  10. Chest pain

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  1. High Blood Pressure : 571 people, 11.40%
  2. High Blood Cholesterol : 376 people, 7.51%
  3. Pain : 251 people, 5.01%
  4. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (a condition in which stomach contents leak backward from the stomach into the oesophagus): 214 people, 4.27%
  5. Breathing Difficulty : 202 people, 4.03%
  6. Atrial Fibrillation/flutter (atrial fibrillation and flutter are abnormal heart rhythms in which the atria, or upper chambers of the heart, are out of sync with the ventricles): 188 people, 3.75%
  7. Emphysema (chronic respiratory disease - over inflation of the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs): 188 people, 3.75%
  8. Diabetes : 176 people, 3.52%
  9. Preventive Health Care : 169 people, 3.38%
  10. Stress And Anxiety : 167 people, 3.34%

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  1. Spiriva (1,298 people, 25.92%)
  2. Ventolin (446 people, 8.91%)
  3. Singulair (381 people, 7.61%)
  4. Xolair (379 people, 7.57%)
  5. Proair Hfa (259 people, 5.17%)
  6. Metformin (259 people, 5.17%)
  7. Nexium (237 people, 4.73%)
  8. Lasix (230 people, 4.59%)
  9. Aspirin (211 people, 4.21%)
  10. Lipitor (207 people, 4.13%)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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