Symbicort is a medication that contains a combination of two different medicines called Budesonide and Formoterol. It is used for controlling and preventing symptoms of asthma and other lung diseases. Budesonide is a corticosteroid which reduces swelling and irritation of the airways. Whereas Formoterol is a long-acting beta agonist, it helps in opening airways in the lungs making it easier to breathe. Symbicort helps in preventing bronchospasm in people who have asthma or any other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
People who have asthma must only take this medication if their asthma problems cannot be controlled with other medicines.
This medication does not work straight away hence why it is not used to treat sudden asthma attacks, in case of an asthma attack use your prescribed inhaler instead.
Symbicort has a number of side effects including both severe and not so severe ones. This medication, like any other medication, has some adverse effects that you might experience, however, if you have been prescribed this medication it is probably because the benefits outweigh the side effects.
Minor side effects
Here are some common side effects associated with using this drug
- Throat irritation
- An upset stomach
- Major side effects
Some other rare yet severe side effects include
- Asthma attack immediately after taking the medicine
- High blood pressure
- Worsening of breathing
- White patches in the mouth and tongue
- Signs of infection
- Mood changes
- Trouble sleeping
- Blurred vision
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Muscle cramps
- Irregular heartbeat
- Severe dizziness
- Allergic reactions such as
- Swelling of face, tongue, throat
How to use this medication?
Before using this medication make sure to go through all of the directions given to you by your doctor and use the inhaler accordingly. The first thing you must do is prime your inhaler, especially if you’re using it for the first time, or if you haven’t used it for more than seven days. Also, make sure to prime the inhaler if you accidentally drop it. While priming the inhaler make sure not to get the medicine into your eyes, keep the inhaler away from your face. Shake the inhaler for 5 seconds before you use it. Inhale the medication by mouth, twice a day, or as prescribed by your doctor, use it at least 12 hours apart. If you have been prescribed two puffs, then make sure to wait for at least one minute between them. Also if you’re using other inhalers as well then make sure to wait a minute before using the other medicines, use this medication last.
Once you’ve used this medication gargle and rinse your mouth with some water thoroughly to prevent irritation and thrushes in the mouth and throat. Make sure not to swallow this water. Make sure to clean your inhaler at least once a week, use a dry cloth to do so. Use the medication regularly at the same time each day to get the most benefit from it. Do not increase or decrease your dosage unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you use a different corticosteroid orally, then do not stop using it unless your doctor tells you to do so. You may end up with withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug suddenly. Some breathing conditions tend to worsen if this drug is discontinued abruptly. You will have to take the medication for at least one week before you see any changes to your condition.
Some precautions that you need to take
When using this medication, there are some things that you must be aware of. To prevent any mishap from happening and ensuring your health and safety, it is essential to tell your doctors if you have any of the following conditions.
- If you are allergic to Budesonide and Formoterol, or if you have any other allergies
- Any infections (herpes, tuberculosis)
- High blood pressure
- Any heart diseases
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Bone loss
- Liver disease
- Swelling of artery
- Tumor of the adrenal gland
Before undergoing any surgery make sure to inform your doctor about it.
This medication may also slow down your child’s growth if it is used for a prolonged period.
Women who are pregnant or are nursing should avoid this medication as it can have adverse effects on the baby as well.