Symbicort Inhaler

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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

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Description

SYMBICORT is a medicated inhaler used to prevent bronchospasm in patients suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This medication works as an asthma controller, made from a combination of two drugs - budesonide and formoterol. Pulmicort (budesonide) is a steroid that improves asthma symptoms by decreasing irritation and inflammation, while foradil (formoterol) is a long-acting bronchodilator that relieves bronchoconstriction.

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Directions

SYMBICORT should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all patient instructions for safe use. Do not take in excess amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Generally, doctors will prescribe to take 2 puffs of SYMBICORT, twice per day, approximately 12 hours apart. If asthma symptoms do not improve, consult your doctor as they will likely adjust or change your medication. Do not change your dosage or medication schedule without advice from your doctor. Take SYMBICORT daily for optimal results.

Ingredients

Budesonide/Formoterol

Cautions

To make sure you can safely use SYMBICORT, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • any allergies to budesonide or other chemicals contained in SYMBICORT
  • any heart disease or conditions
  • high blood pressure
  • seizure disorders
  • infections (including herpes infection of the eyes)
  • diabetes
  • tuberculosis
  • thyroid disorder or an electrolyte imbalance (such as low potassium levels in your blood)
SYMBICORT is not recommended for use in pregnant women and those breastfeeding because it can harm a baby. Consult your doctor for more information. Long-term use of these steroids may lead osteoporosis, especially if you smoke, lack physical activity, do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis.

SYMBICORT should not be used to treat an asthma attack that has already begun as it may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits.

Side Effects

All medications have side effects; however they affect every individual differently. Side effects information is listed below for reference. Most of this information will be included with your medication.

Common side effects include:

  • irritation of the nose and throat
  • headache
  • change in your voice
  • fatigue
  • mild rash
  • sore throat
  • sinus infection
  • upset stomach
Serious side effects include:
  • increased frequency of asthma symptoms
  • chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, nervousness
  • wheezing, throat irritation, choking, or other breathing problems
  • signs of infection
  • fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness
  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights
  • white patches or sores in your mouth or throat
  • dangerously high blood pressure
  • severe headache
  • blurred vision
  • buzzing in your ears, anxiety
  • confusion
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • irregular heartbeats
  • seizure
This is not a complete list of SYMBICORT side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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