Symbicort contains a combination of budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide belongs to a group of medications known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing the swelling in the airways of the lungs. Formoterol belongs to the group of medications known as bronchodilators. It works by relaxing the muscles surrounding the airways to improve breathing. Symbicort is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
We currently have the brand from India and Turkey manufactured by AstraZeneca and the generic Foracort Inhaler from India manufactured by Cipla. Symbicort is available as a metered-dosed inhaler, comes in different strengths: 100 mcg/6 mcg/120 dose, 160 mcg/4.5 mcg/60 dose, 200 mcg/6 mcg/120 dose, 400 mcg/12 mcg/60 dose.
Call your doctor immediately if you have any of these serious side effects:
• Blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
• Chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, nervousness;
• Dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety,
confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure);
• Signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding;
• Wheezing, throat irritation, or other breathing problems after using Symbicort;
• White patches or sores in your mouth or throat;
• Worsening asthma symptoms
Less serious side effects include:
• Back pain;
• Changes in your voice;
• Muscle or joint pain;
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach;
• Stuffy nose
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to budesonide, formoterol, or inhaled lactose. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. Budesonide passes into breast milk. It is unknown if formoterol passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Talk to your doctor before using Symbicort if you have any of these conditions: an abnormal heart rhythm, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, low blood potassium, or a thyroid disorder.