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Symbicort Inhaler is a combination inhaler contains the medications budesonide and formoterol. These two medications work in tandem to help to control and prevent the symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems such as wheezing and shortness of breath. Budesonide works by reducing irritation, swelling and inflammation within your airways while formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator which relaxes the muscles in the airways. Symbicort then combines these medications making breathing easier for you.
Symbicort is prescribed to help control and to prevent the symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath for people with of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis and emphysema. Symbicort is a not a quick relief inhaler and you should not use it to treat either an asthma or bronchospasm attack. When prescribed for patients with asthma, Symbicort should only be used when asthma is severe and not well-controlled by other long-term asthma medicines.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common Symbicort side effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects of Symbicort:
Q: How long does it take Symbicort to work?
A: It can take up to one week before your symptoms begin to improve. Continue to take this medication as directed.
Q: What is the Symbicort generic alternative?
A: Generic Symbicort is Budesonide/Formoterol and may offer you better savings. You could save up to 90% on the cost of your medication by buying Symbicort online with Canada Drugs. We stock both the brand name and the generic alternative in strengths of 100mcg/6mcg (which is the same as 80mcg/4.5mcg) and 200mcg/6mcg (which is the same as 160mcg/4.5mcg). No Symbicort coupon is needed to get our great prices.
Q: What should I do if I miss a dose of Symbicort?
A: If you miss a scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and use your inhaler at the next regular time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Q: What should I do if I get Symbicort in my eyes?
A: If you get Symbicort in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water and contact your doctor if it becomes irritated.