There are 2 types of treatments used to reduce asthma symptoms: long-term control (maintenance) and quick-relief (rescue) medicines. Maintenance medicines help reduce the underlying inflammation in the airways of your lungs, and prevent asthma symptoms. Rescue medicines, such as rescue inhalers, relieve asthma symptoms that flare up suddenly.
SYMBICORT is a maintenance medication that can help control asthma. SYMBICORT has been shown to help significantly improve lung function, starting within 15 minutes.* SYMBICORT will not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe SYMBICORT if you are 12 years of age or older and experiencing uncontrolled asthma symptoms.
*Your results may vary.
Some asthma symptoms cannot be controlled by an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) alone. SYMBICORT contains 2 medicines that work together to control asthma by helping to ease constriction and reduce inflammation in the airways:
The first medicine is an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) called budesonide. Budesonide helps reduce inflammation in the lungs
The second medicine is an inhaled long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) called formoterol. It helps relax the smooth muscles around the airways in the lungs, preventing symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath
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.
SYMBICORT can cause serious side effects.
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 health care 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 health care provider if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. It is important that your health care 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.
Children and adolescents who take LABA medicines may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems.
SYMBICORT does not replace rescue inhalers for sudden 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:
Common side effects in patients with asthma include 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.
Common side effects in patients with COPD include inflammation of the nasal passages and throat, thrush in the mouth and throat, bronchitis, sinusitis, and upper respiratory tract infection.
SYMBICORT 80/4.5 and 160/4.5 are medicines for the treatment of asthma for people 12 years and older whose doctor has determined that their asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid or whose asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT. SYMBICORT is not a treatment for sudden asthma symptoms.
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.
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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care provider. 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.