HOW TO TAKE SYMDEKO®

It's important to take SYMDEKO exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it, along with your or your child's other CF therapies. SYMDEKO should always be taken by mouth with fat-containing food.

SYMDEKO and fat-containing foods

SYMDEKO should always be taken with a fat-containing meal or snack to help the body absorb the medicine. You can find ideas for fat-containing foods here.

Be sure to avoid foods and drinks that contain grapefruit while taking SYMDEKO because they may affect the amount of SYMDEKO in the body.

The recommended dose of SYMDEKO

For children age 6 through 11 years

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For people age 12 years and older

 

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Remember, taking SYMDEKO every 12 hours is not the same as taking it twice a day.

Find tips for staying on track with SYMDEKO below.

 

 

Every dose matters

Together, the medicines that make up SYMDEKO target the underlying cause. Talk to your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you or your child takes, as the dose of SYMDEKO may need to be adjusted. Be sure to take every dose exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider, because every dose matters.

If you or your child misses a dose

6 hours or less
from the time you 
or your child usually takes the morning 
or evening dose 
Take the missed dose with fat-containing food as soon as possible. Then take the next dose at the usual time.
More than 6 hours
from the time you 
or your child usually takes the morning 
or evening dose 
Do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at the usual time with fat-containing food.

 

Do not take more than the usual dose of SYMDEKO to make up for a missed dose.

How SYMDEKO is packaged

Each box of SYMDEKO contains 4 weekly wallets. Each weekly wallet contains 14 tablets.

 

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For children age 6 through 11 years weighing less than ~66 pounds:

  • 7 white tezacaftor/ivacaftor tablets for the morning
  • 7 light blue ivacaftor tablets for the evening
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For children age 6 through 11 years weighing ~66 pounds or more and people age 12 years and older:

  • 7 yellow tezacaftor/ivacaftor tablets for the morning
  • 7 light blue ivacaftor tablets for the evening
     

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Fat-containing food recipes and ideas
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Tips for taking SYMDEKO

Staying on track

Set an alarm on your phone

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Keep the tablets where you’ll see them

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Use reminders, like sticky notes

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Schedule SYMDEKO around mealtimes

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Use a chart to check off medications as they are taken

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Helping your child

Let your child decide what fat-containing food to eat before or after each dose.

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Reward your child with stickers or gold stars after each dose. You can even get other family members to join in for extra encouragement.

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Create a relaxing environment by letting your child decide where in the home to take each dose.

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Schedule a fun activity for right after he or she takes SYMDEKO.

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