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

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Dr. Brian Bezack
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Brian Bezack
Dr. Brian Bezack
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2 doctors agree

In brief: It's called a...

..."maintenance medication" - it does not prevent asthma as such, but it can prevent attacks from happening.

In brief: It's called a...

..."maintenance medication" - it does not prevent asthma as such, but it can prevent attacks from happening.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Preventative

Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a maintenance / preventative inhaler.

In brief: Preventative

Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a maintenance / preventative inhaler.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine

In brief: Controler Drug

Actually it is a controler combination inhaler as it contains inhaled steroids and a long acting bronchdilater and it is used twice a day to control asthma and albuterol oe xopenex (levalbuterol) is a resque drug for acute episodes.

In brief: Controler Drug

Actually it is a controler combination inhaler as it contains inhaled steroids and a long acting bronchdilater and it is used twice a day to control asthma and albuterol oe xopenex (levalbuterol) is a resque drug for acute episodes.
Dr. Yash Khanna
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