Technology may empower you to become more independent in many areas of your life.

Here are a few:

Day-to-day living

Online shopping options have become more widespread, convenient, and affordable. From groceries to furniture, you can order all kinds of things on Amazon or eBay with the click of a button and have them delivered right to your front door. You can also pay all your bills and manage your finances with online banking, book travel tickets using Expedia or Orbitz right from your couch, stream movies on Netflix, and listen to music on iTunes. It may take some time to learn how to use these services, but once you do, they can make your life more convenient and minimize your need to go outside too much.

Health

You may be able to communicate with your doctor online (a “virtual visit”), track your progress using a symptom tracker or breathing journal and send it electronically to your health care provider, stay in contact with your health care provider regularly by e-mail, and even attend some of your follow-up appointments remotely if needed using technical applications (“apps”) like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts.

Education

You can learn valuable information about your condition and your treatment options online. Take the time to read free articles on reputable health Web sites like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others. You can also find videos about how the lungs work and what causes different breathing conditions, and even take online classes in the topics that may interest you—right from the comfort of your home.

People

You can use free online services like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts to talk to loved ones who live far away, stay in touch with your friends through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, share family pictures and videos on Instagram and YouTube, play online board games, and even make connections with others living with breathing difficulties through outlets like MyCOPDTeam.

Work

From applying for jobs on LinkedIn to working from home, the Internet can limit or even eliminate the need for those long commutes and the physical effort it takes to be in an office all day. You can work from home, take conference calls, make presentations on Join.Me or WebEx, and even attend meetings by video using programs like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts.

 

AstraZeneca does not endorse any of the Web sites, services, or products listed in this section. They are mentioned as examples only.

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.