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Symbicort

Budesonide / Formoterol

Budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort) is an expensive drug used to treat asthma. This drug is slightly less popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives for Symbicort. It is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
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What is Symbicort?

Helps with long-term asthma and COPD symptoms. Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) is a combination of two medicines that works well for people with worsening asthma or COPD.

Symbicort Quick Facts

Proper Use

Inhaled fluticasone and salmeterol is used to prevent asthma attacks and treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is not used to relieve an asthma attack that has already started. For relief of an asthma attack that has already started, you should use another medicine. If you do not have another medicine to use for an attack or if you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.

This medicine is used with a special inhaler and usually comes with a patient information leaflet or patient instructions. Read the directions carefully before using this medicine. If you do not understand the directions or you are not sure how to use the inhaler, ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you what to do. Also, ask your doctor to check regularly how you use the inhaler to make sure you are using it properly.

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered. Also, do not stop using this medicine without telling your doctor first. To do so may increase the chance of side effects. The full benefit of this medicine may take 1 to 2 weeks or longer to achieve.

In order for this medicine to help prevent asthma attacks, it must be used every day in regularly spaced doses, as ordered by your doctor.

When you use the inhaler for the first time, or if you have not used it for 7 days or longer, or if the inhaler has been dropped, it may not deliver the right amount of medicine with the first inhalation. Therefore, before using the inhaler, prime it by spraying the medicine 2 times into the air away from the face, and shaking it well for 5 seconds before each spray.

How to use this medicine:

  • Take the inhaler out of the moisture-protective foil pouch before you use it for the first time.
  • Do not use the inhaler for this medicine with any other medicine.
  • Prime the inhaler before use by shaking the inhaler well for 5 seconds and then releasing a test spray. Once again, shake the inhaler and release a second test spray.
  • Breathe out to the end of a normal breath (exhale). Do not breathe into the inhaler.
  • Put the mouthpiece fully into your mouth and close your lips around it. Do not block the mouthpiece with your teeth or tongue.
  • While pressing down firmly and fully on the grey top of the inhaler, breathe in through your mouth as deeply as you can until you have taken a full deep breath.
  • Hold your breath and remove the mouthpiece from your mouth. Continue holding your breath for as long as you can up to 10 seconds before breathing out slowly. This gives the medicine time to settle in your airways and lungs.
  • Release your finger from the grey top and then turn your head away from the inhaler. Breathe out slowly to the end of a normal breath. Do not breathe into the inhaler.
  • Shake the inhaler again for 5 seconds and take the second inhalation following exactly the same steps you used for the first inhalation.
  • Replace the mouthpiece cover after using the medicine.
  • Gargle and rinse your mouth with water after each dose. This will help prevent hoarseness, throat irritation, and infection in the mouth. Do not swallow the water after rinsing.

The dose counter at the top of the inhaler will turn yellow when the inhaler has 20 or fewer doses left. Throw the inhaler when it reaches 0, or if it has been 3 months since you last opened the foil pouch.

Clean the inhaler every 7 days by wiping the mouthpiece with a dry cloth. Do not put the inhaler into water or try to take it apart. However, you must use a new inhaler with each refill of your medicine.

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Symbicort side effects

Common Side Effects
When taken for
  • Headache11%
  • Chest or sinus infection11%
  • Cold symptoms10%
  • Sore throat9%
  • Stomach discomfort7%
  • Stuffy nose3%
  • Vomiting3%
  • Mouth infection3%
  • Flu symptoms2%
  • Back pain2%

Serious Side Effects

  • Asthma-related death
      Higher risk if:
    • Children and adolescents
    • Age 65 or older
    • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) more often than prescribed

    Asthma-related deaths have happened while taking Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol). However, this is very rare. This medicine should only be used when asthma or COPD symptoms are difficult to control. If your asthma is well managed, talk to your doctor about other medication options.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.
  • Mouth and throat infection
      Higher risk if:
    • Mouth and throat infection

    Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can cause a fungal infection in your mouth or throat, called thrush. Rinse your mouth out with water after each use of this medicine. Tell your doctor if you notice white patches inside your mouth or throat, or have difficulty swallowing.

  • Worsening of asthma flare-up

    Don't use Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) as a rescue inhaler for asthma attacks. Always carry a rescue inhaler with you, such as albuterol, in case your asthma flares up.

  • Weakened immune system
      Higher risk if:
    • Not up-to-date on vaccinations
    • Taking other corticosteroids
    • Current infection that's not being treated

    Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can weaken your immune system, causing it to take longer to fight off infections. Keep up with your vaccinations, and talk to your doctor if you develop an infection.

  • Reduced growth rate in children
      Higher risk if:
    • Children
    • High dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
    • Long-term use of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)

    In studies, steroid medications like Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can reduce children's growth rate. Your doctor should use the lowest possible dose to control asthma symptoms and monitor children's heights while taking Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol).

  • Heart effects
      Higher risk if:
    • History of heart disease
    • High blood pressure

    Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can cause changes your heartbeat and blood pressure. Don't take more medicine than you've been prescribed. If you have high blood pressure or heart problems, talk to your doctor first before starting Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol).

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Symbicort interactions & warnings

Drug interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

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Other interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

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Symbicort dosages

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For inhalation dosage form (aerosol):
    • For preventing an asthma attack:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—2 inhalations in the morning and another 2 inhalations in the evening. Each inhalation contains 80 or 160 micrograms (mcg) of budesonide and 4.5 mcg of formoterol.
      • Children 6 to 11 years of age—2 inhalations in the morning and another 2 inhalations in the evening. Each inhalation contains 80 mcg of budesonide and 4.5 mcg of formoterol.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your child's doctor.
    • For treatment and prevention of worsening attacks of COPD:
      • Adults—2 inhalations in the morning and another 2 inhalations in the evening. Each inhalation contains 160 micrograms (mcg) of budesonide and 4.5 mcg of formoterol.
      • Children—Not used for COPD in this age group.
Missed dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Symbicort reviews

3.4 / 5 average rating with 394 reviews for Symbicort from Iodine.com

2 Tips about Symbicort from Iodine.com

58 year old woman
  • Taken for COPD

Reviewed 2/15/2017

  • Worth it
  • Worked well
  • Some hassle
This medication does irritate the tongue and mouth... be sure to rinse your mouth and tongue after each dose as directed! (A wonder drug still for me)
42 year old woman

Reviewed Invalid Date

  • Not worth it
  • Didn’t work
  • Low hassle
Used my rescue inhaler only once a year until I had a cold and was given a sample of symbacort. I experienced lung infections since and have severe asthma and need medications on a daily basis. I ehale at only 40% of capacity
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