You don’t have to push yourself too hard. It’s important to plan ahead, slow down, and take your time.

Making
the bed

Break it up into small parts. Make one side of the bed at a time. Avoid bending—sit on a chair instead. Sit down to change pillowcases and take a little rest.

Preparing meals

Try meals with short preparation times, like frozen foods and ready mixes. Sit at a table or counter to mix ingredients or chop and slice vegetables. Use a wheeled utility cart to move large pots and other items around, or slide them instead of lifting.

More cool kitchen hacks

A cutting board that fits over the sink. A hose to add water to pots and pans. Avoiding things that need constant attention, like stirring. Using lightweight dishes and double-handled pots and pans.

Shopping for groceries

Shop on weekdays or evenings when stores are less crowded. Get a shopping buddy. Ask for help reaching for things beyond your grasp. Use a wheeled bundle buggy to bring groceries home. You can also shop online and get your groceries delivered right to your door!

Laundry

Use a wheeled buggy to carry your clothes. Put front-loading washers and dryers on raised blocks to avoid bending. Use permanent-press settings to avoid ironing. Sit down when you fold your clothes.

Preparing meals

Try meals with short preparation times, like frozen foods and ready mixes. Sit at a table or counter to mix ingredients or chop and slice vegetables. Use a wheeled utility cart to move large pots and other items around, or slide them instead of lifting.

Dusting & vacuuming

Be careful—dust can be an irritant. Avoid dusting if you can, but if you do dust, use a long-handled duster to avoid reaching and climbing, and to keep particles at a distance. When vacuuming, move slowly, use pursed-lip breathing, maintain good posture, and take frequent breaks.

More cool kitchen hacks

A cutting board that fits over the sink. A hose to add water to pots and pans. Avoiding things that need constant attention, like stirring. Using lightweight dishes and double-handled pots and pans.

Cleaning the floors

Stand up straight and avoid bending. Use a long-handled dustpan to collect your sweeping. For scrubbing, use a long-handled sponge mop. Move slowly, use pursed-lip breathing, and take frequent breaks.

Shopping for groceries

Shop on weekdays or evenings when stores are less crowded. Get a shopping buddy. Ask for help reaching for things beyond your grasp. Use a wheeled bundle buggy to bring groceries home. You can also shop online and get your groceries delivered right to your door!

 

Important Safety Information About SYMBICORT Including Boxed WARNING

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.

  • Call your health care provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using SYMBICORT. You may need different treatment
  • Get emergency medical care if:
    • Breathing problems worsen quickly, and
    • You use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your breathing problems

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:

  • Pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections. People with COPD may have a higher chance of pneumonia. Call your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms: change in amount or color of mucus, fever, chills, increased cough, or increased breathing problems
  • Serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth and tongue, and breathing problems
  • Immune system effect and a higher chance of infection. Tell your health care provider if you think you are exposed to infections such as chicken pox or measles, or if you have any signs of infection such as fever, pain, body aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, or vomiting
  • Adrenal insufficiency. This can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroid medicines and start inhaled corticosteroid medicine
  • Using too much of a LABA medicine may cause chest pain, increase in blood pressure, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, tremor, or nervousness
  • Increased wheezing right after taking SYMBICORT. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing
  • Eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using SYMBICORT
  • Lower bone mineral density can happen in people who have a high chance for low bone mineral density (osteoporosis)
  • Slowed growth in children. A child's growth should be checked regularly while using SYMBICORT
  • Swelling of blood vessels (signs include a feeling of pins and needles or numbness of arms or legs, flu like symptoms, rash, pain or swelling of the sinuses), decrease in blood potassium and increase in blood sugar levels

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.

Approved Uses for SYMBICORT

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.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING, and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.

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.