Symbicort

(budesonide / formoterol)

3.4/ 5 average rating with 394 reviewsforSymbicort
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Helps with long-term asthma and COPD symptoms.

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Our bottom line

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) is a combination of two medicines that works well for people with worsening asthma or COPD.

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Quick facts about Symbicort
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) every day works well to treat asthma and COPD.
  • Combines two medicines in one inhaler.
  • Can be used long-term and causes fewer side effects than other oral treatments that are sometimes used to treat asthma.
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People’s experience with Symbicort

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Downsides

  • Can cause infections in your mouth and throat, so you need to rinse your mouth with water after using it each time.
  • Since both medicines in Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can cause side effects, you may get headaches and infections while using it.
  • People with COPD need to use the higher dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol).
  • This drug can't be used as a rescue inhaler if you get an asthma attack. It can only be used for the daily management of asthma and COPD.
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How it works

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) is a combination of two medicines. Budesonide is a corticosteroid that lowers inflammation in your lungs. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that helps open up your airway and prevent breathing problems.

Quick facts about Symbicort
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
People’s experience with Symbicort

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What to expect when you take Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Cold symptoms
  • Mouth infection
  • Sore throat
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Side effect rates for Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)

From 524 clinical trials of Symbicort when taken for asthma (160/4.5 mcg 2 puffs twice daily)
  • Headache
    11%11%
    7%7%
  • Chest or sinus infection
    11%11%
    8%8%
  • Cold symptoms
    10%10%
    9%9%
  • Sore throat
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Stomach discomfort
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Vomiting
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Mouth infection
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Flu symptoms
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Back pain
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Symbicort.

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
Placebo

People taking Symbicort felt side effect more

People taking Symbicort felt side effect less

No difference

Risks and Warnings for Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Children and adolescents
    • Age 65 or older
    • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) more often than prescribed

    Asthma-related deaths have happened while taking Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol). However, this is very rare. This medicine should only be used when asthma or COPD symptoms are difficult to control. If your asthma is well managed, talk to your doctor about other medication options.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats asthma in adults and adolescents 12 years and older.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats asthma in adults and adolescents 12 years and older.