Symbicort and uti?

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I'm not sure but curious, been taking symbicort for awhile and have gotten a bad uti. Has anyone else had problems?

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    Yes, i have Emphysema, and I think when I was useing Symbicort, I had a uti, dont use it anymore, wish they would find a cure for this living noghtmare of copd.

     

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    Is it an UTI or thrush, because you'll certainly get that if you don't rinse your mouth thoroughly a couple of times after each use and don't swallow the rinse water

     

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      OK, well then no, I've never heard of Symbicort causing an UTI, but I do know it either caused my cataracts or according to the eye surgeon, caused them to be very fast accelerating ones:  she said she sees it a lot, maybe because so many people are prescribed it for COPD.

       

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    Actually Jude........advice from a friend with multiple health issues that is on many meds........rinsing with water after meds is not very useful.  You need to rinse with a mouthwash, ie. Listerine, Scope... to completely protect yourself from oral thrush.
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      Manufacturer's instructions, gp, pulmonary specialist and practice nurse all say water and that's what I've been using for over a year - no thrush.    I wasn't talking about rinsing after medication in general, butspecifically after Cortisone (also applies to other cortisone inhalers).

      It's not about bacteria, it's about ensuring there are no traces of the cortisone spray left in the mouth, which could result not only in oral thrush but obviously throughout the body.     When I'm concerned about that I use ordinary old salt and water to rinse and gargle with:  I've never used mouthwash and see no need for it ... but each to their own

       

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      I agree with Jude on this. Back in the '90s I had thrush from not knowing I needed to rinse and spit after using azmacort. Ever since I've rinsed with water, which I then spit out after whatever corticosteroid inhaler I'm on at the time. Have never gotten thrush again.

      I, too, use half teaspoon table salt in warm water as a gargle at the first twinge of a sore throat, but I've been adding 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for a long time per an ENT. Great remedy, my mom had us using it when I was a kid.

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    I dont use symbicort myself but It should say on the information leaflet that comes with your med if uti is a side affect of symbicort, whether it is or not, the uti of course needs treating.  Ensure you stay hydrated / drink plenty of water..

    I've not had a uti or thrush problem with any of my inhalers and I always rinse with just water, the information leaflet that comes with the meds indicate to rinse the mouth out with water and brush your teeth afterward, that is what has worked for me over the years.  

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    Some people using steroid inhalers find that the back of their throats can become sore. If you rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth after using your inhaler, this is less likely to develop.  "

      Refer:  https://patient.info/medicine/budesonide-inhaler

    whatever the cause of your uti hope you get it sorted soon.

    Best wishes V

     

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      I gargle with salt & water whenever my throat is sore, whether from Symbicort or anything else, and if I do that at the first hint of irritation it's very rare for it to develop into anything else.
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      good tip jude, are you using the himalayan pink salt sole?  

      Interested to know what you use and dilutions.

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      No!  Plain ordinary old kitchen salt like my mother and grandmothers used:  1/2 tsp in a small glass of water - gargle (try not to do in front of grandchildren bc their giggling can cause choking in the gargler), spit out, gargle again, spit out again.   Easy and inexpensive and it works.

       

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    Be very careful using any kind of mouth wash, because it has a tendency to kill our good bacteria's, along with the bad bacteria's. We need the good bacteria, in order to protect us from bad condtion's, such as pneumonia, etc. So don't rinse them away...lol! I never use mouth wash, because in my past nursing classes, we were taught not to do so for the reason stated in this posting. I brush my teeth using toothpaste, but no mouth wash. I have done so for years, and never have gotten a thrush. I have gotten UTI twice, and had to be prescribed medication to resolve it. I am not sure where the UTI came from, not sure. I often wonder if it could be from Spiriva? Hope you get better my dear! 
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      I totally agree with you about mouthwashes:  I hadn't thought about the killing off of good bacteria and this would be an even worse idea if using any cortisone and make one much more likely to develop thrush.

      I guess UTI's could be caused by spiriva, but I've never heard of it until now.  I've been using it for years with no problems except for occasional dry  mouth or cracked lips.

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      Jude, I use to feel guilty not using mouth wash as my normal teeth brushing routine, but now I realize how damaging it is. Many people who have mouth disease have used it for years. 

      I never really could pin point where those two UTI's came from, but after quitting Spiriva one year ago, I have never had another UTI. But, of course, the reason for my quitting Spiriva, was due to being allergic to it, since it gave me stronger SOB and a faster heart rate. Possibly, it was the allergy that could have caused them (UTI's) too. I also had the dry mouth and cracked lips, but had them everyday. 

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    I just started on Symbicort about a week ago, I have a uti for the very first time, I have no doubt it's from this medicine.I will be going to Dr today, I don't know if I should change medicine now.
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