Symbicort Inhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol)
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Symbicort Inhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol) is a prescription medication that is used to treat asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
There are two active ingredients in Symbicort called budesonide and formoterol. The budesonide belongs to a family of medication called inhaled corticosteroids which work to decrease inflammation in the lungs. Formoterol helps to relax and open the airways which allows you to breather more comfortably. Both of these active ingredients aim to provide 24-hour coverage to prevent and relieve COPD symptoms like shortness of breath.
To buy Symbicort Inhaler online, or even generic Symbicort, a prescription must be submitted to process your order. There are two dosage forms available: Symbicort 80/4.5 mcg and Symbicort 160/4.5 mcg. Both of these inhalers are manufactured by AstraZeneca.
There are 120 doses in each inhaler and the usual 3 month supply is 360 doses. To help save on Symbicort price, be sure to use coupon code SYM20 to save an additional $20 on your order from our trusted Canadian Pharmacy.
In New Zealand, Symbicort Inhaler is marketed under the name Vannair which also manufactured by AstraZeneca. There is also a Symbicort generic available in other parts of the world.
Symbicort (Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate) Medication Information
Symbicort is a prescription inhaler used to treat asthma in adults and children aged 6 years and older. Symbicort is also prescribed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
With asthma, the lungs’ airways become inflamed and narrow. Asthma usually starts during childhood, and symptoms may come and go over time. Symptoms include chest tightness, coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
Specific triggers, such as cold air or exercise, can suddenly worsen asthma symptoms. This is known as an asthma attack. People with asthma should always carry a rescue inhaler in case of an asthma attack. Symbicort is not a rescue inhaler.
COPD is usually caused by long-term exposure to harmful chemicals, such as cigarette smoke. This exposure leads to permanent inflammation of the lungs, which leads to a decrease in airflow. This makes it difficult to breathe. COPD symptoms are similar to asthma symptoms and may include fatigue and excess phlegm.
Symbicort contains two medications in one inhalation aerosol: budesonide and formoterol fumarate. Budesonide is a steroid that helps reduce inflammation in the lungs. Formoterol helps by relaxing the muscles around the airways. Symbicort ingredients work together to prevent and control asthma and COPD symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Symbicort is a metered-dose inhaler that comes in two strengths: 80/4.5 and 160/4.5.
Symbicort 80/4.5 contains 80 mcg of budesonide and 4.5 mcg of formoterol fumarate in each oral inhalation.
Symbicort 160/4.5 contains 160 mcg of budesonide and 4.5 mcg of formoterol fumarate in each oral inhalation.
The usual dosage of Symbicort inhaler is two puffs twice daily. The strength that your doctor prescribes will depend on your age and the severity of your asthma or COPD.
Symbicort may not be safe for people with the following medical conditions:
- Heart conditions or high blood pressure
- Thyroid problems
- Eye problems like glaucoma or cataracts
- Weakened immune system
- Pregnant or plan to become pregnant
Symbicort may cause some unwanted side effects. Most side effects with Symbicort are mild and go away as the body adjusts to the inhaled medication.
Some common but typically mild side effects of Symbicort are:
- Nasal congestion
- Taste changes
- Throat irritation
- Upset stomach
- Change in voice
- Thrush in the mouth and throat. If white patches appear on your tongue or the back of your throat, you probably have thrush, an oral fungal infection. If this occurs, call your doctor. They will likely prescribe an antifungal medication to clear it up. You can prevent thrush infections by always rinsing your mouth with water (and spitting it out) after each use of Symbicort.
Serious side effects aren’t common with Symbicort. But if you develop any of the side effects below and they are severe, call your doctor or seek immediate medical attention:
- Muscle spasms or stiffness
- Vision problems
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood sugar
Symbicort may interact with other drugs or over-the-counter products. Some examples of medications that could interact with Symbicort include:
- Beta-blockers, such as metoprolol, atenolol, or propranolol
- Certain diuretics
Before and during treatment with Symbicort, tell your doctor about all of your other medications. This includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary supplements.
Store Symbicort at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C) with the mouthpiece pointed down. Symbicort canister contents are under pressure and should not be punctured or exposed to extreme heat or open flame.
- Rinse your mouth with water after using Symbicort to help prevent thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth. Do not swallow the water after rinsing; spit it out.
- Throw away the Symbicort canister after the dose counter reaches zero or after it has been removed from its foil pouch for 3 months, whichever comes first.
- Call your healthcare provider if your breathing worsens while using Symbicort or if you need to use a rescue inhaler more often.
Is it complicated to use a Symbicort inhaler?
Using a Symbicort inhaler is easy once you learn the steps. Before you can use Symbicort, you have to get it ready by “priming” the inhaler. You can view priming instructions here.
When you’re ready to use Symbicort, follow the step-by-step instructions in the product packaging, or check out this instructional video.
Do I need to clean my Symbicort inhaler?
You should clean your inhaler once per week. Remove the mouthpiece cover, then wipe the mouthpiece with a clean cloth, then replace the cover. Avoid taking your inhaler apart or submerging it in water.
- Symbicort Prescribing Information. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; 2017. https://www.azpicentral.com/symbicort/symbicort.pdf, Accessed February 18, 2021.
- Asthma. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; 2020. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/asthma, Accessed February 18, 2021.
- Agarwal AK, Raja A, Brown BD. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK559281/, Accessed February 18, 2021.
Author: Dr. Patricia Weiser, PharmD
Patricia Weiser, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist and medical writer. She has clinical experience in community and hospital pharmacy. Patricia is a 2007 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.