Symbicort (Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate)
Symbicort is a combination medicine used to treat and prevent the symptoms of asthma and airway narrowing associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis (long-term inflammation of the lungs) and emphysema (lung disease that causes shortness of breath). Symbicort contains two medicines: budesonide (decreases inflammation in the lungs) and formoterol (relaxes muscles in the airways).
Symbicort can cause an increased risk of death from asthma problems. Tell your doctor if your breathing problems worsen over time while you are using Symbicort. Get emergency medical help if your breathing problems worsen quickly or if you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your symptoms.
When your asthma is well controlled, your doctor may tell you to stop using Symbicort. Your doctor will decide if you can stop Symbicort without loss of your asthma control. You will continue using your long-term asthma-control medication.
Children and adolescents who use Symbicort can have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems.
Do not use Symbicort for rapid relief of an asthma attack or acute bronchospasm. Symbicort does not treat the symptoms of a sudden asthma attack. Always have a short-acting rescue inhaler (such as albuterol) to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a short-acting inhaler, tell your doctor to have one prescribed for you. Tell your doctor right away if an asthma attack does not respond to the rescue inhaler or if you require more doses than usual.
Do not stop using Symbicort, even if your symptoms get better. Your doctor will change your medicine as needed.