Symbicort is an inhaled medication that helps prevent bronchospasm in patients with asthma or COPD. It contains a combination of two drugs: budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation, and formoterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways. Symbicort is meant to control the symptoms of asthma and COPD, but should not be used as a rescue medication in emergency situations.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions when taking Symbicort. Never change dosage before consulting a healthcare professional.
Before taking Symbicort, inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid taking Symbicort.
Long-term use of steroids like budesonide may lead to osteoporosis. This risk is increased in people who don’t exercise, smoke, or don’t get enough vitamin D or calcium.
Using Symbicort to treat an asthma attack can increase the risk of asthma-related death.
Common side effects of Symbicort include:
More serious side effects include:
Can I use Symbicort in the event of an asthma attack?
No. Symbicort is not a rescue medication, and will not help in the event of an asthma attack.
What if I miss a dose of Symbicort?
If you’ve missed a dose of Symbicort, wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once to make up for the missed dose.
Can I use a spacer with Symbicort?
Symbicort Turbuhaler is a dry powder that can not be used with a spacer. A Symbicort Inhaler is an aerosol spray that may be used with a spacer.