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Can an increase in my dosage of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) be causing more chest tightness? I have asthma.

Can an increase in my dosage of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) be causing more chest tightness? I have asthma.

No: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) cannot be used more than 2 puffs twice a day, it comes in 2 different strengths 80/4.5 and 160/4.5mcg. You cannot double the 80 to get to the 160, as you are also doubling the second ingredient formeterol. This is not safe. You need to talk to your doctor asap to discuss your symptoms. ...Read more

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Will increasing dosages of salbutamol and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) cause facial flushing. ?

Will increasing dosages of salbutamol and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) cause facial flushing. ?

Yes: The medicines are called beta-2- agonists which can cause increase in heart rate and open up the the airways but also the blood vessels and yes, flushing and blushing. ...Read more

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I have taken more than the perscribed dosage of my symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhalations, how long to get out of my system I am experiencing dry mouth, leg cramps, fatigue and increased salivation.

I have taken more than the perscribed dosage of my symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhalations, how long to get out of my system I am experiencing dry mouth, leg cramps, fatigue and increased salivation.

How much more?: Your symptoms don't make sense. Dry mouth and increased salivation? Inhaled corticosteroids can lead to dry mouth, but fatigue and leg cramps are less likely to be related unless you have severely overdosed on the steroid. Talk to the doctor who prescribed your meds. ...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 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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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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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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