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Is it ok to take symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) in pregnancy?

Is it ok to take symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) in pregnancy?

Yes, only if needed: An asthma attack is a bad thing to have happen during a pregnancy. During asthma symptoms, a person's oxygen level drops, which means a further drop in oxygen for the baby inside. So, asthma should be controlled using medications. Pregnant women should bring all their medications to show both their primary care and ob-gyn doctors, to be sure the dosing is correct, and none are dangerous to a baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) harmful for the baby during the pregnancy? Do mild asthma bronchiale require treatment? Thanks a lot!

Is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) harmful for the baby during the pregnancy?
Do mild asthma bronchiale require treatment?
Thanks a lot!

Not harmful: All of the asthma inhaled steroids and long acting bronchodilators (like the ones in symbicort (budesonide and formoterol)) were studied in pregnancy and found to have no adverse effect. The steroid in symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) (budesonide) is actually considered the "asthma inhaled steroid of choice" in pregnancy. Flovent, advair, and others are safe, too. ...Read more

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How long does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) take to work?

How long does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) take to work?

Not a rescue drug...: Check out page 10 at http://www1.Astrazeneca-us.Com/pi/symbicort.Pdf. Average time to bronchodilation (opening up lungs) was 15min. Maximum objective measured benefit (fev1) occurred at 3hrs while significant improvement continued past 12hrs (this drug is dosed twice daily). Fev1 improved dramatically in 1st 2wks & continued to improve thru wk 6 at which stabilized thru wk 12 (duration of study). ...Read more

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I have been taking symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 100/6 on and of for around 6 wks, i stopped 2 days ago, how long does it take to get out of your system?

I have been taking symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 100/6 on and of for around 6 wks, i stopped 2 days ago, how long does it take to get out of your system?

Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol): Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains two medications - Budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide should be eliminated in less than 12 hours. Formoterol can take up to 48 hours for it's effect to go away. ...Read more

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My dr took me off Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last week after having been on it for 4 yrs. How long will it take for my body/adrenals to regulate after quitting the RX?

My dr took me off Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last week after having been on it for 4 yrs. How long will it take for my body/adrenals to regulate after quitting the RX?

No time at all!: The idea behind inhaled corticosteroids, even those combined w/long-acting beta agonists, such as Advair, Breo & Symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) is that systemic absorption should be minimal, as long as one doesn't exceed the maximum dose, though enough to lower bone mineral density. Check out http://www.drugs.com/pro/symbicort.html for more details especially section entitled "Hypercorticism and Adrenal Suppression". ...Read more

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Can i take symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler while pregnant?

Can i take symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler while pregnant?

Asthma pregnancy: Absolutely yes. It's very important that asthma be treated adequately during pregnancy. If you don't get adequate oxygen in your lungs, the baby won't get adequate oxygen through the placenta. Talk to your OB doctor about the importance of treating asthma during pregnancy. They will reassure you to make sure you're taking your medications to prevent a severe asthma flare that may harm the baby. ...Read more

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Can I take symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) on an empty stomach?

Can I take symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) on an empty stomach?

Mgt: It can be used prior to eating, but it is important to rinse your mouth after use. ...Read more