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Symbicort is a corticosteroid medication that is used in the treatment of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and asthma. Symbicort contains budesonide and formoterol, which are two substances that improve lung function. Budesonide is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation and formoterol relaxes the airways to improve breathing. Symbicort can be used for adults and children over 6 years old.
Use Symbicort as directed by your doctor. Typically, your doctor will recommend taking 2 puffs in the morning and 2 at night.
Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Before using Symbicort, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
It is important to tell your doctor if you are pregnant before beginning Symbicort. The ingredients in Symbicort may harm a fetus and cause complications like low birth weight, premature birth, or high blood pressure that causes medical problems at birth.
Common side effects of Symbicort:
Seek medical help if you experience the following severe side effects:
When will Symbicort start working?
Your breathing symptoms may start to improve within 15 minutes of inhaling your Symbicort dosage. Full improvement of your symptoms may not occur for 2 weeks.
Can Symbicort be used for asthma attacks?
Symbicort is NOT a rescue inhaler and should not be used during an asthma attack. Symbicort is a long-term inhaler that helps prevent the likelihood of asthma attacks, so you will be prescribed an emergency inhaler along with Symbicort.