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.


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.


Be open about any anxiety or concerns you may have. The more you tell your doctor, the more he or she 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.


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.

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