SYMBICORT Side Effects
Common side effects of SYMBICORT reported in clinical studies included nose and throat
irritation, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, sore throat, sinusitis, stomach
discomfort, flu, back pain, nasal congestion, vomiting, and thrush in the mouth and throat.
Talk to your doctor if you think you may be experiencing side effects after starting SYMBICORT.
These are not all the possible side effects of SYMBICORT, just the most
common ones. You can find a detailed list of side effects in the full Prescribing Information (PDF). You can also ask your
healthcare professional for more information.
Additional Important Safety Information About SYMBICORT for Asthma
SYMBICORT contains formoterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). LABA medicines such as formoterol increase the risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether budesonide, the other medicine in SYMBICORT, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with formoterol.
SYMBICORT should be used only if your healthcare provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid, or that your asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT.
If you are taking SYMBICORT, see your healthcare provider if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. It is important that your healthcare provider assess your asthma control on a regular basis. Your doctor will decide if it is possible for you to stop taking SYMBICORT and start taking a long-term asthma control medicine without loss of asthma control.
SYMBICORT does not replace rescue inhalers for sudden asthma symptoms.
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all your health conditions, including heart conditions or high blood pressure, and all medicines you may be taking. Some patients taking SYMBICORT may experience increased blood pressure, heart rate, or change in heart rhythm.
Do not use SYMBICORT more often than prescribed. While taking SYMBICORT, never use another medicine containing a LABA for any reason. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are LABA medicines, as using too much LABA may cause chest pain, increase in blood pressure, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, tremor, and nervousness.
Patients taking SYMBICORT
may experience serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue, and breathing problems.
may have a higher chance of infection. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you think you are exposed to infections such as chicken pox or measles, or if you have any signs of infection.
may experience an increase in wheezing right after taking SYMBICORT, eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts, decreases in bone mineral density, swelling of blood vessels, decrease in blood potassium, and increase in blood sugar levels.
If you are switching to SYMBICORT from an oral corticosteroid, follow your doctor's
instructions to avoid health risks when you stop using oral corticosteroids.
Children and adolescents who take LABA medicines may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems.
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