Talk to your doctor if you think you may be experiencing side effects after starting SYMBICORT.
Tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure.
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 health care professional for more information.
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.
Avoid exposure to infections such as chicken pox or measles. Tell your health care provider immediately if you are exposed.
Do not use SYMBICORT more than twice a day.
If you are taking SYMBICORT, see your health care provider if your COPD gets worse.
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).
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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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.