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Symbicort Inhaler (budesonide/formoterol) is a type of inhaler commonly prescribed to asthma patients. Budesonide is classified as a corticosteroid medication, while formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. These two ingredients combine to improve breathing by reducing inflammation and relaxing the airway muscles. Patients using Symbicort should be at least six years old. In addition to asthma, the Symbicort Inhaler can be used to manage symptoms of COPD, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.
Before using the Symbicort Inhaler, review all packaged warnings and instructions.
Always follow your doctor’s directions when using Symbicort.
The Symbicort Inhaler is not designed as a rescue emergency quick-relief inhaler. This means it will not work fast enough to relieve an asthma attack. Before using Symbicort, understand that budesonide can weaken the immune system. To prevent serious illness or infection, tell your doctor if you have ever had one of the following:
Common side effects of Symbicort Inhaler include:
An allergic reaction Symbicort may require immediate medical assistance. Additionally, call your doctor promptly if you have:
What should I do if I miss a dose of budesonide/formoterol?
Missing a dose of Symbicort Inhaler (budesonide/formoterol) shouldn’t worry you too much. Just remember not to take two doses at one time. The best thing to do if you miss a dose is to skip the missed dose and use your next dose at its scheduled time.
Is it possible to overdose with budesonide/formoterol?
Yes, taking too much budesonide/formoterol can result in fast heartbeats, a shaky or nervous feeling, and chest pain. If you overdose with Symbicort, seek medical attention or contact your local poison control helpline.
What should I do if I get Symbicort medicine in my eyes?
Budesonide/formoterol should not come into contact with the eyes. If Symbicort gets into your eyes, rinse with water and contact your doctor right away. Symbicort can cause severe eye redness or irritation in the eyes.