For asthma patients 12 years of age and older...
What is SYMBICORT?
SYMBICORT is a controller medication that helps control asthma by reducing inflammation in the lungs and keeping airways open*
There are 2 types of treatments used to reduce asthma symptoms: controller and quick-relief (rescue) medicines:
- Controller medicines, such as SYMBICORT, are taken every day over a long period of time to help reduce the inflammation in the airways of your lungs and keep airways open
- Rescue medicines, such as rescue inhalers, are taken to help relieve asthma symptoms immediately
SYMBICORT will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms
*Your results may vary.
How SYMBICORT works
SYMBICORT contains 2 medicines that work together to control asthma by helping to ease constriction and reduce inflammation in the airways:
An ICS called budesonide helps reduce inflammation in the lungs.
A LABA (long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist) called formoterol fumarate can help relax the smooth muscles around the airways in the lungs, reducing some symptoms.
When taken as prescribed—twice a day (morning and evening), every day—SYMBICORT has been shown to:
SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE LUNG FUNCTION, STARTING WITHIN 15 MINUTES*
HELP CONTROL YOUR ASTHMA SYMPTOMS, AND YOU MAY NOTICE YOU USE LESS RESCUE MEDICATION
*Your results may vary.
Remember, SYMBICORT will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.
Learn more about how SYMBICORT can help
- It’s important to remember that SYMBICORT is a controller medication, so while you may notice an improvement in your breathing over time, you should still continue to take SYMBICORT
- You may also find that you need to use your rescue inhaler less when taking SYMBICORT properly, but this doesn’t mean that SYMBICORT should replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms
- Once your asthma is well controlled, your doctor will decide if you can stop taking SYMBICORT without loss of control and may prescribe a long-term asthma control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid
Talking to your doctor
Maintaining an open conversation about your asthma treatment plan with your doctor on a regular basis over time is key to managing your symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms, it’s very important to talk to your doctor and receive the correct treatment. If left uncontrolled, your symptoms may get worse over time.
Your doctor may prescribe a controller medication such as SYMBICORT if:
- You are over 6 years of age and your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine; or
- You are over 6 years of age and your asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT
SYMBICORT is not and will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Make a list of all your symptoms, all the medications you’re taking and any side effects you may be experiencing. Write down what you want your doctor to know about you—your day-to-day routine, your occupation and other activities you enjoy participating in. All of these could play a role in determining the right treatment for you.
DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT
- Be open about any anxiety or concerns you may have—the more you tell your doctor, the more they will be able to help you
- Describe your symptoms, when they occur and how bad they are
- List all your medicines, including vitamins and supplements
- List any other health issues you may have
- Ask if SYMBICORT may be right for you
Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something your doctor tells you.
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
If you are prescribed SYMBICORT, use it as your doctor instructed. Keep track of your symptoms and how you’re feeling. Be sure to write down any side effects and let your doctor know how you’re doing.
Remember, SYMBICORT is not—and will not replace—a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms.