Symbicort, also known as budesonide-formoterol, is designed to control and help prevent symptoms that are related to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, or emphysema.
Symbicort Coupon (Discount Card)
Present the following information to your pharmacist to get your discount on Symbicort.
When you visit the manufacturer’s website, you can register to see if you’re eligible to receive Symbicort for up to one year at no cost to you. Certain restrictions apply.
While Symbicort is not intended to replace a rescue inhaler, it is designed to help improve symptoms related to COPD. Symbicort is also intended to treat asthma in individuals over the age of six, particularly those who have asthma that is not easily controlled with other asthma medications.
Symbicort contains two medications, budesonide (a corticosteroid) and formoterol (a long-acting beta agonist). Together, the two medicines reduce irritation and swelling in the airways which can make it easier to breathe.
Dosage and Strength Options
Symbicort is a metered-dose inhaler which contains a combination of budesonide and formoterol. The combinations include 80 mcg of budesonide and 4.5 mcg of formoterol or 160 mcg of budesonide and 4.5 mcg or formoterol. Inhalers are available in 60 or 120 doses per canister.
The recommended use for Symbicort users is two inhalations twice a day about 12 hours apart (morning and evening are best).
For individuals with asthma, 12 years and older, the recommended dose is either 80/4.5 or 160/4.5 twice a day; 160/4.5 is the maximum dose. If symptoms don’t improve after one or two weeks, individuals who use an 80/4.5 inhaler may see improvement with a 160/4.5 dose.
The recommended dose for children with asthma between the ages of 6 and 12 is 80/4.5 twice a day. Adults with COPD should use a 160/4.5 dose twice a day.
The side effects of using a Symbicort inhaler may vary among individuals, and you should always talk about any of the possible side effects that could occur while using Symbicort. Some of the most common adverse reactions in individuals with asthma (with over three percent of incidence rate) include:
Common side effects (over three percent incidence rate) in individuals with COPD include a cold, oral thrush, bronchitis, and sinusitis.
Like other medications, Symbicort may interact with other drugs, OTC products, or herbal supplements. Always keep track of what you’re taking and let your doctor know before you start using Symbicort. Some products or medications to avoid when using Symbicort include:
Anyone who takes the following we listed above should avoid using Symbicort. Children under the age of six should not use the inhaler and while there is no clear evidence that it can affect an unborn or nursing child, pregnant or nursing when should take to their doctors first.
Since the ingredients in Symbicort may negatively affect existing health issues, talk with your doctor if you have any current or past infections. You should also mention if you have a history of heart issues, hyperthyroidism, seizures, osteoporosis, diabetes, liver disease, or eye issues like cataracts or glaucoma.
You should always keep Symbicort inhalers out of reach of children and store at temperatures between 68ºF to 77º F (20ºC to 25º C). Avoid storing your inhaler in excessive heat and humidity and always store it with the mouthpiece facing down.
A Symbicort inhaler should be thrown away once the counter on the inhaler reaches “0” or three months after you take the inhaler out of its sealed pouch (whichever one comes first). If you haven’t used all of your inhaler before a three-month period, throw the inhaler away.
Currently, there are no generic versions of Symbicort available. There are other drugs which are similar to Symbicort and may be a good alternative to treating your symptoms; talk with your doctor about your options.
Some of the following drugs which are similar to Symbicort include, but are not limited to: