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Symbicort Budesonide Formoterol
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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