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Symbicort

What is Symbicort?

Symbicort conatins a comination of budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Symbicort is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Reasons to ask your doctor about Symbicort

  1. SYMBICORT helps significantly improve lung function, starting within 5 minutes.* Remember, SYMBICORT will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.
  2. SYMBICORT works all day and all night to help reduce COPD symptoms.
  3. SYMBICORT combines two medicines to ease constriction and control inflammation in your airways.
  4. SYMBICORT helps you breathe more freely. When you breathe more freely you can get on with your day.

It's important to remember that as a maintenance medicine, SYMBICORT is not—and will not replace—a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. If you are taking SYMBICORT, be sure to see your health care provider if your COPD gets worse.

Important Information about SYMBICORT for COPD

When used as prescribed, SYMBICORT helps significantly improve lung function, starting within 5 minutes.* Remember, SYMBICORT will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.

In addition to improving lung function, SYMBICORT works all day and night to help reduce COPD symptoms. You'll breathe more freely so you can get on with your day.

*Individual results may vary.

SYMBICORT 160/4.5 is for adults with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. You should only take 2 inhalations of SYMBICORT twice a day. Higher doses will not provide additional benefits.

Call your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms: change in amount or color of sputum, fever, chills, increased cough, or increased breathing problems. People with COPD may have a higher chance of pneumonia.

SYMBICORT may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems (cataracts or glaucoma). You should have regular eye exams. Thrush in the mouth and throat may occur.

Tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking SYMBICORT. Do not use SYMBICORT with other long-acting-beta2-agonists for any reason. SYMBICORT does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms.

Important Information about SYMBICORT for Asthma

When you control your asthma symptoms with SYMBICORT, you may notice:

  • You have no asthma symptoms or very few asthma symptoms throughout the day and night
  • You shouldn't have to limit your activities because of asthma symptoms
  • You should use less rescue medicine

Prescription SYMBICORT is a controller medicine for the long-term maintenance treatment of asthma. SYMBICORT is for people 12 years and older whose doctor has decided are not well controlled on another asthma-controller medicine or who need two asthma-controller medicines. SYMBICORT is not for the treatment of sudden asthma symptoms.

SYMBICORT contains formoterol, a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA). Medicines containing LABAs may increase the chance of asthma-related death. So, SYMBICORT should be used only if your health care professional decides another asthma-controller medicine alone does not control your asthma or you need two controller medicines.

While taking SYMBICORT, never use another medicine containing a LABA.

SYMBICORT won't replace rescue inhalers for sudden asthma symptoms. Do not use SYMBICORT more than twice a day. If you are taking SYMBICORT, see your health care professional if your asthma does not improve or gets worse.

Some people may experience increased blood pressure, heart rate, or change in heart rhythm. Tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure.

*The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.