Healthy air sacs in the lungs are elastic-like balloons. They stretch when filled with air, then return to their original shape when the air is released. This helps to retain the normal structure of the lungs and move air in and out quickly.
With COPD, these air sacs lose their elasticity, no longer returning to their original shape. Airways—the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs—become swollen. An increase in mucus production can narrow airways, and hinder the movement of cilia, small hair-like structures that help expel dirt and other irritants from the airway. Swollen airways are partially blocked, making it even harder to get air out of the lungs.
COPD is a progressive disease, which means your symptoms may get worse over time. But your doctor can set up a COPD treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms, and help you breathe more freely.
Ask your doctor about adding SYMBICORT to your treatment plan.
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 does not replace rescue inhalers for sudden asthma 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:
Approved Uses for SYMBICORT
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 and Medication Guide and discuss with your doctor.
Talk to your doctor about prescription SYMBICORT.
Read Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING, with Medication Guide (PDF — 551 KB).
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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. 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.