SYMBICORT Ressources

Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 021929/001.

Names and composition

"SYMBICORT" is the commercial name of a drug composed of BUDESONIDE and FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE.

Answered questions

Symbicort..... please help!!?
sorry, that is supose(sp?) to be *hate the way that the inhaler taste Asked by Elyse Finni 3 months ago.

Yes, Symbicort tastes bad and all of it's cousins that have similar ingredients and work in the same way taste just as bad. Symbicort is a combination of two products: budesonide (a steroid) and formoterol (long acting beta-2 agonist). The formoterol is like a long-acting albuterol. It helps to keep your lungs relaxed and open. The budesonide is like all other steroids and works to keep down inflammation (redness, irritation, secretions). This kind of drug is really great at helping you manage your asthma long-term. But in order for it to work, you have to take it every day. And it can take 4-6 weeks for you to really notice a difference in how you feel. Since it is long-acting it will NOT help you in an actual asthma attack. That is what your albuterol (brand name Proventil or ProAir) is for (or you might be using Xopenex). Always have that nearby because that is your rescue agent. After you inhale your dose of Symbicort, rinse your mouth out. It's fine to swish and spit with water (no need to use mouth wash). Not only will that help with the bad taste, it will help to ward off thrush. If you don't rinse your mouth, the steroid in the Symbicort will stay and start to exert its effects in your mouth. As a steroid, it will slightly suppress your immune system and thrush tends to grow. Google images of oral thrush and you'll see why you'll want to avoid this. Thrush is totally curable but definitely unpleasant to say the least. Make sure you know how to use your inhalers properly. If you're in the US, use your Symbicort just like you use your albuterol. If you're outside the US, your Symbicort could be in another delivery formulation so just be clear you know how to use it right. Answered by Demetrice Dence 3 months ago.


Does SYMBICORT cause weight loss or weight gain?
what side effects positive or negative can one expect from taking symbicort Asked by Raina Shary 3 months ago.

Symbicort will not cause weight loss or weight gain. The whole point of inhaled drugs is that it is delivered exactly where needed- into the lungs, minimising the side effects to the rest of the body. The positive points of Symbicort is that it now has a licence as a short acting bronchial dilator as well as being a long acting bronchial dilator- You can use it as a short acting reliever as well. The Symbicort turbo inhaler also delivers the medicine more effectively into the lungs as opposed to the MDIs. The main downside of the powered inhalers is that during an asthma attack you may not have sufficient lung function to generate enough airflow to draw the medication. You can still use an MDI as a short acting reliever as an addition. Symbicort contains budesonide (corticosteroid) and formoterol (Bronchodilator.) Answered by Rivka Garratt 3 months ago.

Does Symbicort Cause Weight Gain Answered by Joseph Silvio 3 months ago.

Symbicort Weight Gain Answered by Georgene Sillas 3 months ago.

This Site Might Help You. RE: Does SYMBICORT cause weight loss or weight gain? what side effects positive or negative can one expect from taking symbicort Answered by Arcelia Kriete 3 months ago.

As symbicort is designed especially for the lungs and therefore treats only the lungs upon inhalation, it should not cause any form of side effects, including weight gain or loss. Answered by Angelita Speese 3 months ago.

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Don't eat second helpings, leave off the sweets, and cut back on your carbohydrates. That is, leave off your potatoes and cut way back on bread. Get plenty of exercise. Try not to snack unless it is fruits and vegetables. Leave off your unhealthy snack especially at night before bedtime. Answered by Melody Reffitt 3 months ago.

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Is there a difference between ProAir and Symbicort inhalers?
I recently just switched to Symbicort from ProAir.. Is there any differences i should kno about before taking this new inhaler? I have Advair 500/50 as well.. Is Symbicort a rescue inhaler?? Asked by Jordan Quesada 3 months ago.

Symbicort is not a rescue inhaler. Symbicort is a combination product containing Budesonide + Formoterol. Budesonide is an inhaled corticosteroid and Formoterol is a long acting Beta 2 agonist (LAB2A). To take Symbicort, take 2 inhalations twice a day. This medication is indicated for individuals 12 years old and older. Advair 500/50 is also a combination product containing Fluticasone + Salmeterol. Fluticasone is an inhaled corticosteroid and Salmeterol is a LAB2A. This medication is also taken twice a day and is indicated for children 4 years or older. ProAir is a rescue medication. It is a short acting Beta 2 agonist. More likely, Symbicort was substituted for Advair not ProAir. Check with your doctor or pharmacist. Answered by Alfred Fast 3 months ago.

Symbicort Hfa Answered by Alexander Moultry 3 months ago.

I'm pretty sure symbicort is a daily med like advair. Proair is a rescue inhalor Answered by Rufus Patka 3 months ago.


Symbicort...asthma medication?
i've been taking symbicort almost a month now...this is when i discovered my anxiety. slowly it's getting more severe to the point im afraid to leave the house. could this be because of symbicort? also rapid heart beat and tightness in my chest?it seems like there are no good asthma medications out... Asked by Olimpia Naill 3 months ago.

i've been taking symbicort almost a month now...this is when i discovered my anxiety. slowly it's getting more severe to the point im afraid to leave the house. could this be because of symbicort? also rapid heart beat and tightness in my chest? it seems like there are no good asthma medications out there with little side effects Answered by Rosita Vuono 3 months ago.

Symbicort contains two medicines pulmicort (steroid) and foradil (bronchodilator). Bronchodilators are known to cause an increase in some people's heart rate. This can cause you to be uncomfortable and be a bit anxious. I would definitely discuss this with your dr. during your next appt. Do you really need it? How bad is your asthma? Do you get an attack more than 2-3 times a week? If not, then you probably don't need to take any preventative meds such as advair or symbicort. All you need is a rescue inhaler such as albuterol or combivent when an attack occurs. Answered by Virginia Oberholzer 3 months ago.

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Hmmm... Do you live in Canada? Last I heard, that's the only place Symbicort was being used. Why don't you see about using some of the more standard Asthma Combination meds with albuterol (Combivent or DuoNeb) or you could try Advair. Answered by Corrie Kunze 3 months ago.

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Hmm. Mine doesn't do that. I am getting more zits though. Answered by Linh Moates 3 months ago.


I take symbicort. I want to stop taking it. I have taken it for around four days. Can I just stop?
Asked by Pamula Plumley 3 months ago.

I would say wean yourself off of it to every other day for a few days. I do not blame you for wanting to stop it. It has some very bad side effects. Everyone should read the fact sheet that comes with it. It does not mean that you will have all the negative symptoms, but if you find you have one, then yes stop! I too have stopped using it. I had horrible backaches, headaches, and could not sleep. The folks that gain weight is normal as it is a steriod and you feel like you are hungry all the time, so then you eat. You know your body, listen to it. Answered by Nery Oare 3 months ago.

Why do you want to stop taking it? You should contact your doctor. I strongly advise you to not suddenly STOP taking it, it can have bad effects. Answered by Kristal Kleinhenz 3 months ago.

Consult a doctor, >> I strongly suggest you DO NOT stop, suddenly<<< Answered by Rosita Vanes 3 months ago.

For Asthma? Why would you stop taking it?? Answered by Tuyet Reichmann 3 months ago.


Is a symbicort inhaler safe to take in pregnancy?
I am 34 weeks pregnant, and up until now I haven't taken my symbicort inhaler because it is a steroid one and I didn't think I could take it in pregnancy. But lately my breathing has gone really bad and my chest dead tight, so I don't know whether it would be safe to take it now.I have asked my... Asked by Olive Axon 3 months ago.

I am 34 weeks pregnant, and up until now I haven't taken my symbicort inhaler because it is a steroid one and I didn't think I could take it in pregnancy. But lately my breathing has gone really bad and my chest dead tight, so I don't know whether it would be safe to take it now. I have asked my midwife and she said to see a doctor, so I saw a doctor and he didn't really have a clue what I was on about and said that my shortness of breath was because of the baby getting bigger, so he didn't really help. So I don't know whether to take the inhaler or not. It is a preventor one, I have been taking my ventolin inhaler, but I need to take so much of it before I can feel it working and because of that, I feel all light headed and shaky from taking that much I don't know what to do Answered by Sandra Marcey 3 months ago.

Symbicort is a steroid and it should not be taken in pregnancy, please see your doctor again who should advise you which is the best inhaler to take whilst pregnant. Do not take your symbicort until you have spoken to someone who knows what they are talking about, in the meantime talk to NHS Direct 0845 4647. Best of luck. A direct quote from a friend of mine who is a nurse: "This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately". Answered by Jacques Robb 3 months ago.

Its normal for your chest to feel tight and have a harder time breathing at 34+ weeks pregnant, as your baby and uterus puts more presssure on your Vena Cava, the large vein in the heart. This limits blood flow making your heart work harder to distribute the right amount of oxygen to your organs. This in turn will create a tight chest, and difficulty breathing. With that being said, Symbicort turbohaler should be used with caution during pregnancy and only if the benefits outweigh any possible risks to the developing baby. Seek further medical advice from your doctor. Answered by Olen Kyper 3 months ago.

YES it is! Far better to have a mom breathing besides - but the thing is about the inhalers is that it acts on the organ in question and doesn't travel far beyond it (the lungs). So take your inhaled medicine so your fetus can get enough oxygen. Answered by Barbie Berne 3 months ago.

Yes it is safe. I was having trouble breathing during my pregnancy so i told my doctor and she gave me a couple free samples of symbicort. Answered by Devon Searight 3 months ago.

I think you need to go to another doctor. If they don't have answers they need to find answers. Having an attack while pregnant could be harmful to both you and your baby. If Mommy doesn't breathe, baby doesn't breathe. You could also try calling your pharmacist. They might have more info. Answered by Merna Lenharr 3 months ago.


Concerns about taking symbicort (any symbicort users?)?
My asthma is not been very well controlled and my dr didnt seem to be doing much.So I went to an Asthma & Allergy clinic today they tested me for allergies and I found out Iam allergic to all types of grass most trees,cats,dogs,dust mites etc.... yeah like everything it seems.Well one of the drugs she want to... Asked by Carlena Kuechler 3 months ago.

My asthma is not been very well controlled and my dr didnt seem to be doing much.So I went to an Asthma & Allergy clinic today they tested me for allergies and I found out Iam allergic to all types of grass most trees,cats,dogs,dust mites etc.... yeah like everything it seems. Well one of the drugs she want to put me on is symbicort but when i looked at the insert i was shocked I think (possible death) is mentioned like at least 5 tiimes.So iam a little freaked out I must say Answered by Julianne Speed 3 months ago.

Symbicort is two drugs ..... consisting of Budesonide, which is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body..... secondly ... Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing. Symbicort is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Most issues related to death are from the long-acting bronchodilator ... and most deaths related to this have been in the African-American patient population that of which is poorly understood ..... Answered by Torri Scarlett 3 months ago.

Most times when symbicort is related to death, it is because someone misuses it. Symbicort is a preventative inhaler.... it is used to help prevent asthma issues. Most people opt to take it in the morning when they wake up and again when they go to bed at night. So in between this period, if an asthma episode were to happen, then you should use a rescue inhaler such as albuterol, combivent, etc. Well.... some people use their symbicort instead when an asthma attack occurs. Symbicort is not a fast acting inhaler, therefore it takes a long time to act and does not give relief to asthma. Without relief, the ariways can close up and the person cannot breathe, therefore resulting in death. So, just make sure that you have a rescue inhaler with you at all times. But from what I hear from most of my patients is that after they start taking symbicort, they usually do not have to use their rescue inhalers any longer. Their asthma is now well controlled. Answered by Gary Lobo 3 months ago.

Symbicort is a long acting medication. it takes up to 15 min to start working, in other words it is a maintenance drug. you should always use your fast acting inhaler when you have an attack.that is where the deaths came in. You could also ask the Dr about using a Nebulizer and the medication used. the results will last longer than the inhalers. Don't worry about death. take the Symbicort as directed and stay on the other inhalers. You are on other medication for your Asthma? Answered by Inger Grueber 3 months ago.

Newer medications like symbicort are aggressively advertised to the public, and many people specifically ask for them because they erroneously think that these medications are better / more effective. But only time can really prove how tried and true these medications can be. The older meds are more reliable in the sense that their side effect profiles are more accurate; they are better known. Having said that, if your physician prescribed Symbicort for you, he / she must have considered all options and decided this would be best for you. If you doubt it, do not hesitate to ask your physician about the medication side effect profiles and other options available to you. Also, practically every medication nowadays says death or sudden death is a side effect--it isn't really a side effect. During the clinical trial, patients on these medications were studied, and some died, perhaps of other causes, but the exact cause could not be determined, so it is included as a "side effect." It's included for legal reasons. Answered by Elenor Rudel 3 months ago.

Symbicort is an expensive medication just as Advair is. They are both corticosteroids with nasty side effects which are totally scarey. But if your asthma hasn't been well controlled on previous medications you may be like me and have to deal with the side effects of the steroids. Be in continuous contact with your doctor, take all the necessary blood draws and heart check ups while taking these medications. I hate the side effects, but like breathing freely!!! COPD is the result of uncontrolled asthma!! It hurts a lot. Answered by Marilu Lamica 3 months ago.

death is gonna happen no matter what. your odds of dying prematurely increase if you let your asthma symptoms go untreated -dying while gasping for breath is not a peaceful death!! Symbicort is a very effective medication that can control asthma symptoms and decrease your need for albuterol (rescue inhaler). make a list of your concerns and return to the specialist. you need to fully understand the meds & your disease in order to treat it effectively. Answered by Shawn Mcarthun 3 months ago.

I am asthmatic too, ventolin and asthalin pumps dont work on me, to give you an idea of the status of my asthma. I want lead you to a site where you can check on this medicine it is WebMd. look it up. Try your best to manage without using a nebuliser, if you use it, you will be hung on it for life. Answered by Mercy Shanklin 3 months ago.


I started taking symbicort 3 days ago to help w/asthmatic bronchitis. How long until I feel better.?
Ive been taking it for three days 2 times per day. Although, my I think the infection is lessening, I still feel rotten and sound like a barking dog. In the past I've taken prednisone which gets me past the bronchitis but with such bad side effects that this was presented as a possible alternative. ... Asked by Wilton Narciso 3 months ago.

Ive been taking it for three days 2 times per day. Although, my I think the infection is lessening, I still feel rotten and sound like a barking dog. In the past I've taken prednisone which gets me past the bronchitis but with such bad side effects that this was presented as a possible alternative. Symbicort is not working as fast as the prednisone so I was just wondering what other people experienced. Answered by Denice Desanti 3 months ago.

My results with Symbicort are excellent! But I take it for asthma. If your phlegm, which will come up after using the Symbicort, is yellow or grey, then you have INFECTIOUS Bronchitis, whic requires taking an antibiotic in ADDITION TO using the Symbicort. Remember, the correct use of Symbicort requires holding your breath for ten seconds [or less, if ten is not possible], after EACH spray, before exhaling. You must take TWO sprays in each dose. After you have taken both sprays, you must rinse your mouth, and tilt your head back to gargle, at least twice, or you will come down with a nasty case of Thrush [candida], which can be very painful. Two sprays in the morning, and two sprays at night. If you have not gotten total relief after three days, you definitely have a lung infection requiring taking an antibiotic, along with the Symbicort. You should get a C.T. scan of your lungs, to see what's going on in there. Joe Answered by Rosana Philabaum 3 months ago.

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Some vets give pain meds, others don't. Apparently yours doesn't think they are necessary. It's totally normal for a dog to feel like hell for at least a day following surgery. Many vets keep female spays overnight to make sure they're recovering well before sending them home the following day. Some dogs have a more difficult time than others, both with pain and with recovering from anesthesia. Nausea is a common after-effect of general anesthesia, so you want to give the dog just very small amounts of water at a time. She will need to take it easy for several days post-op, but she should seem much more herself tomorrow. If not, please call the vet for advice. Hopefully the vet sent your dog home with an instruction sheet detailing what is normal, what isn't, and when or whether you need to call the vet for help. Answered by Lasonya Whaite 3 months ago.

this is the 4th day I've been taking Symbicort and I have very little relief. Im still coughing until i heave. I guess its not working? Answered by Kandace Gurne 3 months ago.


Sense Symbicort has steroids. Does it cause weight gain ?
My woman has COPD and has gained 70 lbs. Blames it on steroids and not chips and cokes. Asked by Willard Buri 3 months ago.

No, Symbicort in an inhaled steroid for the lungs. It will not cause weight gain. Although if she has a breathing disorder it might be hard to exert herself and cause shortness of breath - therefore she may not be moving enough because she can't breath? That is a possibility. Here is a great page for her to look at that is most inspiring and motivating. It is about nutrition, and has very easy exercises in it that will help with healthy living and getting and staying in shape. It might help her. It certainly worth looking into. The author of this page is a severe asthmatic and is also on that medication and on several inhalers; I know this from another one of her pages that she wrote about asthma. Answered by Deon Facteau 3 months ago.


Does anyone know the North American equivalent to the German asthma inhaler 'Symbicort'?
I used a very effective inhaler in Germany called Symbicort. I'm looking for the North American equivalent. Does anyone know what the equivalent is? Asked by Ivory Uphold 3 months ago.

Advair. Symbicort and Advair both contain two components to effectively treat asthma/copd. A corticosteroid to prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation as well as a bronchodilator which works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing Answered by Robbie Schop 3 months ago.


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ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght
021929/001 SYMBICORT BUDESONIDE; FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE AEROSOL, METERED/INHALATION 0.08MG per INH and 0.0045MG per INH
021929/002 SYMBICORT BUDESONIDE; FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE AEROSOL, METERED/INHALATION 0.16MG per INH and 0.0045MG per INH

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ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght
021929/001 SYMBICORT BUDESONIDE; FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE AEROSOL, METERED/INHALATION 0.08MG per INH and 0.0045MG per INH
021929/002 SYMBICORT BUDESONIDE; FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE AEROSOL, METERED/INHALATION 0.16MG per INH and 0.0045MG per INH

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