Symbicort (Budesonide/Formoterol Fumarate Dihydrate)Brand Names: Symbicort
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Basically, Symbicort is a certain combination of inhaled meds taken to treat COPD and asthma. Those patients who are diagnosed with these health conditions should start this treatment to get rid of the narrowing of their smaller airways caused by accumulating mucus or muscle spasms, lining or swelling due to inflammation processes. These ailments often lead to such unwanted symptoms as coughing, shortness of breath, congestion and others, but the use of Symbicort opens airways and decrease inflammation. That’s why it’s often prescribed by doctors to treat asthma in teens and children and COPD in adults, but this medication is not suitable for treating acute bronchospasms.
Symbicort shouldn’t be taken by patients to treat COPD attacks and acute asthma, and the use of long-acting agents, such as formoterol, which is an active ingredient of this medication, may increase the risk of asthma-related deaths. This means that Symbicort is allowed to be used only by those patients whose asthma is not controlled by other pharmaceutical products, including inhaled corticosteroids. Besides, this medicine may result in bronchospasms, and this is when its use must be discontinued. People shouldn’t combine it with different LABA bronchodilators to avoid possible overdosing, and Symbicort is available as aerosols that come in a few strengths that must be kept at room temperature. The most common dosage prescribed to patients is getting two inhalations 2 times a day.
Like other meds, Symbicort may lead to developing certain side effects, such as the following:
Moreover, its higher doses may result in suppression of the natural ability of the body to produce its own glucocorticoid in adrenal glands. Those patients who have this condition diagnosed by doctors require increased amounts of glucocorticoids when they have a lot of stress or acute ailments. However, inhaled steroids may lead to growth suppression, increase the risk of having cataracts and glaucoma and weaken their immune system. There are certain allergic reactions that people may have when using Symbicort, and they are characterized by such symptoms as hives, rash, swelling, breathing difficulties, etc.
There are some medications that shouldn’t be combined with this treatment because they lead to increased side effects and other negative results. For instance, patients shouldn’t combine the intake of Symbicort with Biaxin, Norvir, Sporanox, MAO inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, beta-blockers and some others. To be on a safe side, it’s advisable to read the labels of all medications and create a list of pills that you are taking to avoid dangerous drug combinations after discussing them with your doctor.