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The Symbicort Inhaler is a combination therapy for asthma patients. This inhaler is a bronchodilator combination, containing budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide is a corticosteroid that eases asthma symptoms by reducing inflammation. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes the airway muscles. Together, the Symbicort inhaler is used to improve breathing and control symptoms in adults and children at overleast 6 years old. This medication is also approved to manage symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Symbicort may not be used as an emergency quick-relief inhaler. Additionally, Symbicort is for use by patients with severe asthma, and your doctor may tell you to stop taking this medication once your asthma is under control.
Follow your doctor’s instructions before starting Symbicort
Do not use the Symbicort Inhaler if you are allergic to budesonide or formoterol. To ensure Symbicort is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have a history of the following conditions:
It is not known if budesonide or formoterol will harm an unborn baby. However, you should still inform your doctor if you are pregnant. Uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy increases the risk of birth complications, so it is important to treat asthma and manage symptoms. If you are breastfeeding, ask your doctor if it is safe to do so while using Symbicort. This medication is not approved for anyone below the age of six.
Common side effects include:
Contact your doctor if you experience the following:
How quickly does Symbicort start to work?
Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol) is used to treat severe symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the long term. Nevertheless, asthma patients should see improvements in symptoms within 15 minutes, and COPD patients should experience improved lung function within the first five minutes. As this medication is for long-term treatment, the full benefit of Symbicort may take up to two weeks to take effect.
What does Symbicort do to the lungs?
When you inhale Symbicort, the ingredients budesonide and formoterol relax your airways, reduce inflammation, and open up your lungs to ease breathing. More specifically, budesonide works to reduce inflammation, and formoterol (a long-acting beta-2 agonist) relaxes the smooth muscles in and around the airways of your lungs. The combination of these two medications have been used to treat asthma and COPD since 2006.
Is Symbicort a rescue inhaler?
No, Symbicort should not be used for emergency situations. It does not open up the airways fast enough for an asthma attack. Symbicort is used long-term to prevent asthma flare-ups.