SYMBICORT Side Effects

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As with any medication, it is possible for you to have a negative reaction to SYMBICORT

It’s important to be aware and tell your doctor if you have any side effects. SYMBICORT doesn’t interact well with certain medicines, so you should tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking.

Common side effects of SYMBICORT reported in the clinical studies included:

  • Throat irritation
  • Thrush in the mouth and throat
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, mostly infections and inflammation of mucous membranes of bronchial tube airways (bronchitis)
  • Inflammation of the inner linings (mucous membranes) in the sinuses (sinusitis)
  • Upper respiratory tract infection


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Important things to tell your doctor

You should also tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or suffer from high blood pressure. SYMBICORT can also cause other serious side effects, such as increased blood pressure, increases in heart rate, and changes in heart rhythm.

These are not all the possible side effects of SYMBICORT. You can find a detailed list of side effects in the full Prescribing Information (PDF). You can also ask your health care professional for more information.

If you are switching to SYMBICORT from an oral corticosteroid, follow your doctor’s instructions to avoid health risks when you stop using oral corticosteroids.

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SYMBICORT doesn’t interact well with certain medicines, so tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking, especially any of the following:

  • Strong cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitors
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants
  • Beta-blockers
  • Diuretics
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Avoid exposure to infections such as chicken pox or measles. Tell your doctor immediately if you’ve been exposed and think you are at risk.

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Do not use SYMBICORT more than twice a day.

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See your health care provider right away if your breathing problems get worse with SYMBICORT.

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About COPD

Information about COPD, including diagnosis and treatment options

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Understand the difference between rescue and maintenance inhalers

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Be sure to ask your doctor about the benefits, risks and side effects of SYMBICORT