Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious, yet common, lung disease. COPD actually includes one or both of these respiratory ailments:
When you have COPD, your lungs don’t function properly. The airways—the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs—are partially blocked. This makes it difficult to get air in and out.
COPD develops slowly and can worsen over time—making it harder to breathe and get the oxygen you need.
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 does not replace rescue inhalers for sudden asthma symptoms.
Be sure to tell your health care 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 health care provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are LABA medicines.
SYMBICORT can cause serious side effects, including:
Approved Uses for SYMBICORT
SYMBICORT 160/4.5 is for adults with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. You should only take 2 inhalations of SYMBICORT twice a day. Higher doses will not provide additional benefits.
Please see full Prescribing Information and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.
Talk to your doctor about prescription SYMBICORT.
Read Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING, with Medication Guide (PDF — 551 KB).
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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about SYMBICORT, asthma, or COPD, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your doctor can decide if SYMBICORT is right for you.