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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

Dr. Amir Sharafkhaneh
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Budesonide (Definition)

Prevents asthma attacks. This medicine is a steroid. Budesonide is a steroid for the treatment of asthma and non-infectious rhinitis (including hay fever and other allergies), and for treatment and prevention of nasal polyposis. In addition, it is used for crohn's ...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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Is it safe to puff Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol)160mcg/4.5mcg/dose for 3 month pregnant women?

Is it safe to puff Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol)160mcg/4.5mcg/dose for 3 month pregnant women?

Avoid: Hello,
Symbicort is pregnancy category C that means that it can cause harm if taken frequently. Sometimes to have to weigh risk vs benefit. If you don`t have symptoms and you can avoid it. I would lean towards avoiding it ...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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What about using symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) for maintainance and relief?

What about using symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) for maintainance and relief?

Maintain not relief: Asthma is caused by inflammation. Which can trigger bronchial spasm. Together these can cause coughing, chest discomfort, shortness of breath or wheezing. When this occurs regularly, you need a controller medicine like symbicort (or similar brand). A quick relief ("rescue ") inhaler (never symbicort) is used for symptoms that. When asthma is controlled...Is only needed once or twice a week. ...Read more

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I accidentally took 3 puffs of my symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 160/4.5 and the usual does is 2. I'm anxious it was too much. Should I be concerned.?

I accidentally took 3 puffs of my symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 160/4.5 and the usual does is 2. I'm anxious it was too much. Should I be concerned.?

How's it going?: If you're okay an hour after the mistake - you're probably fine - this time! But in general do try to be careful. An error every now and again is probably to be expected. We're only human, right? So be careful but don't fret or become anxious. That would be more dangerous. If you're not okay, call or visit your doctor or an Urgent Care for advice on what to do. Best! ...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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How is a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhalor used?

How is a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhalor used?

Asthma and COPD: Usually this drug is administered twice daily by inhalation. The drug has typically been used as a maintenance (every day) inhaler in asthma and in COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis). ...Read more

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Is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) a new type of inhaler?

No: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is the second fixed dose inhaler in combin ation. There is a long acting bronchodilator (formoterol) & a steroid (pulmicort).
Itnis indicated for the maintenance & control of asthma, not for acute use. ...Read more

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Does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) help with bronchitis?

Does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) help with bronchitis?

Not really.: I'll presume you're talking about acute bronchitis, which is a very different entity from chronic bronchitis, which is a form of chronic lung disease. For acute form, an inhaler combination of steroid and bronchodilator generally has no role. In copd, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, it may be useful. ...Read more

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How would symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) affect cardiomyopathy?

How would symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) affect cardiomyopathy?

See below: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a treatment of lung disease and some cardiomyopathies are due to lung problems, especially sleep apnea. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) may alleviate pulmonary symptoms and consequently alleviate the lung burden to the heart (in cardiomyopathies due to lung problems). But it usually requires also treatment such as weight loss and CPAP - positive pressure. ...Read more

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Does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) have a broncodilator in it?

Does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) have a broncodilator in it?

Yes: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a combination of a long-acting bronchodilator (formoterol) and a steroid (budesonide). It comes in two different strengths, 80/4.5 and 160/4.5. The 4.5 is the dose of the bronchodilator. ...Read more

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What's the difference between symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) & dulera?

What's the difference between symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) & dulera?

The steroid: Both Dulera and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) have the same long acting bronchodilator, they differ in the steroid content. Dulera contains mometasone. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains budesonide. Both agents are used to treat moderate persistent asthma. ...Read more

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What does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) turbuhaler 200/6 do to the body?

What does symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) turbuhaler 200/6 do to the body?

See below: I'm not sure about the strength you listed. But the medications are an inhaled steroid to help with inflammation and a long acting beta agonist to cause bronchodilation. ...Read more

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Main difference between symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and oxis formoterol?

Main difference between symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and oxis formoterol?

Combo vs single med.: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a combo inhaler made up of two medicines: Budesonide (steroid) and formoterol (long acting beta-agnoist). Oxis is branded medicine formoterol by itself. So, basically oxis + Budesonide = advair. Oxis is rarely used by itself these days. If you have asthma or COPD and having trouble, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been on symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) for weeks why am I still tired?

I have been on symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) for weeks why am I still tired?

Wheezing: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a potent asthma inhaler. If you are using the 80, you might have to be bumped up to the 160. If you are already using the 160, you might be a candidate or oral steroids and/or antibiotics. Please consult your doctor, your pulmonologist or allergist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Will symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) make my cough worse before it truly kicks in and makes it better?

Will symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) make my cough worse before it truly kicks in and makes it better?

It could: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a steroidal inhaler to help with inflammation in the lungs, but can cause some irritation as it is an inhaled powder. That irritation can manifest as cough. But the reduction in lung inflammation will help in the longer run. ...Read more

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Is there a higher risk for side effects when switching to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 160/4.5 from 80/4.5?

Yes, but saves lives: Higher doses of inhaled steroids are associated with more local side effects such as hoarseness and thrush. These can be reduced with use of a spacer with your inhaler. Higher doses are also associated with an slight increased risk of pneumonia and may have an effect on your bone density over time. However, uncontrolled asthma is associated with a poor quality of life and increased mortality. ...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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How long will symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) make me tired and weak?

How long will symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) make me tired and weak?

Mgt: Your symptoms may be related moreso to your lung disesae rather than the medication. If you are experiencing any difficulty breathing or chest pain, it is important to see your physician. ...Read more

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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

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How long will effects of anxiety from corticosteroids from symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last?

How long will effects of anxiety from corticosteroids from symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last?

Until addressed: The package insert for symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) states that nervousness is a result of overuse of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and as such should be reported to your physician. It is possible that the dose who are receiving is too high. To not change the dose however without discussing this with the prescribing physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Advair, dulera and symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) what are the differences between these three?

Potency: The steroid potency in advair is more than symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) more than Dulera but the bronchodilator portin of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and Dulera works faster than advair. ...Read more

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Which is better: symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair? Which generally has less side effects?

Very similar: Both are medications that contain two medicines - a long-acting beta agonist (laba), which helps with bronchodilation, and an inhaled steroid. The big difference is the form - advair is more an inhaled powder formulation, where symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a mist inhaler more like your rescue inhaler works if you use one with asthma or copd. So it really boils down to what your insurance covers and preference type. ...Read more

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Am suffering from asthma. Please advice medicine. Currently, am using symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). Thank you sir.

Am suffering from asthma. Please advice medicine. Currently, am using symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). Thank you sir.

Type of asthma?: Your are currently taking a product that combines a steroid and long acting "beta agonist" and called a "controller". Are you also taking a "rescue" inhaler like albuterol? Have you tried to eliminate the likely "triggers" in your home, car, workplace? This is important. Talk over the "triggers" issue with your physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose weight while on a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler if I restrict food and increase exercise?

Is it possible to lose weight while on a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler if I restrict food and increase exercise?

Yes: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an inhaled steroid as opposed to a systemic steroid. As such, its effects should be limited to the lungs, and not adversely affect your weight loss goals like a systemic steroid would. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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