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What are some medication for asthma if symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) isn't working?

What are some medication for asthma if symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) isn't working?

Several: such as leukotriene modifier and Xolair. Occasionally theophylline may be helpful and alternate-day prednisone may need to be added. Anti-cholinergic has had a revival recently for bronchodilation. There are newer biologic products in the pipeline which may help. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Is the asthma medication "symbicort" (budesonide/formoterol) a preventative drug or a reliever?

Is the asthma medication "symbicort" (budesonide/formoterol) a preventative drug or a reliever?

Preventative drug: Medications such as symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) which contain and inhaled corticosteroid are used as maintenance (preventive) therapy to control persistent asthma. The formoterol component is a long-acting airway opener and may provide some initial relief of acute asthma symptoms; however symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) should never be used to relieve acute asthma symptoms (use your rescue albuterol under those conditions). ...Read more

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Does the asthma medication "symbicort" (budesonide/formoterol) prevent or relieve the symptoms of asthma?

Does the asthma medication "symbicort" (budesonide/formoterol) prevent or relieve the symptoms of asthma?

Prevent: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a "controller" medication for asthma - it reduces asthmatic inflammation in the lungs, thereby preventing bronchospasm and its associated symptoms. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is not approved in the United States for relieving the symptoms of asthma. Albuterol is the drug of choice to treat an asthma attack. ...Read more

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Corticosteroid asthma medicine symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair diskus; which is better?

Corticosteroid asthma medicine symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair diskus; which is better?

Both are good: It's a matter of personal response to the medications. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an aerosol and the coordination required to inhale it is a little harder than the diskus. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains formoterol as the long-acting bronchodilator, and that works faster than the salmeterol in advair. Both come in different strengths as well. Try both and consider what each costs on your plan and the side effects you have. ...Read more

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Mild asthma symtoms. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) given as only treatment and only to be used as rescue inhaler. Strange? Ps. I live in europe.

Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) PRN: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is prescribed as a rescue inhaler in europe. The long acting bronchodilator formoterol starts working very quickly. The Budesonide decreases inflammation. If you need to use this more than 2x/week, are waking up 2x/month from asthma , or have frequent exacerbations then you need a daily medication for your asthma. ...Read more

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Does asthma inhaler symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and haldol, olanzapine interact with each other?

Does asthma inhaler symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and haldol, olanzapine interact with each other?

Pharmacist can check: I don't believe the combined use of those 3 medications are contraindicated. I would discuss it with either the prescribing physician and/or pharmacist. ...Read more

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Can there be much of a difference between the asthma preventers: seretide, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and clenil?

Can there be much of a difference between the asthma preventers: seretide, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and clenil?

Inhalers: Seretide and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) are comparable, they are combination inhalers that contain a steroids and a long acting bronchodilator. Clenil is a monotherapy inhaler that only contains an inhaled steroid. It is intended for lower severity asthma. ...Read more

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Hi, i suffer from asthma, i used symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) tubo inhaler 400. I found 2 which dated 2011. I appreciate they active ingredient might not be as effective but is it harmful or dangerous to use them?

Hi, i suffer from asthma, i used symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) tubo inhaler 400. I found 2 which dated 2011. I appreciate they active ingredient might not be as effective but is it harmful or dangerous to use them?

Don't use it: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an excellent medication but i would not advise using an outdated product for a serious illness like asthma. Has it been in your drug closet for a few years or did the pharmacist dispense an out dated medication? Don't fool around with asthma.. ...Read more

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