are also called quick-relief medications.
This means exactly what it sounds like: rescue meds are taken as needed for quick, short-term relief of symptoms. They are used to prevent or treat asthma attacks or sudden worsening of COPD symptoms during a flare-up. They open the lungs by relaxing the muscles of the airway wall. They begin working within minutes and are effective for four to six hours.
are taken daily to control COPD and asthma.
They are taken even when you don’t have symptoms. They help reduce inflammation in the walls of the airways and may also work to relax the muscles in the airway wall, helping keep them open.
Different people have different medication needs, depending on their condition. Ask your doctor about the treatment plan that works best for you.
COPD: SYMBICORT 160/4.5 mcg is used long-term to improve symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, for better breathing and fewer flare-ups.
Asthma: SYMBICORT is for the treatment of asthma in patients 6 years and older whose asthma is not well-controlled with an asthma-control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) or whose asthma warrants treatment with both an ICS and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA).
SYMBICORT is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems and will not replace a rescue inhaler.Please see full Prescribing Information and Patient Information, and discuss with your doctor.
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