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Symbicort inhaler contains the medication budesonide and formoterol. The generic alternative for Symbicort comes from these medications and is simply known as budesonide/formoterol. The two medications work together to control and prevent the symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems. Budesonide reduces irritation, swelling and inflammation in the body and airways and formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes the muscles in the airways which makes breathing easier.
Symbicort is used to control and prevent the symptoms of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis and emphysema in adults and children over the age of 6. These symptoms can include wheezing and shortness of breath. Symbicort is a not a quick-relief inhaler and therefore should not be used to treat and asthma or bronchospasm attack. When prescribed for patients with asthma, Symbicort should only be used when asthma is severe and not well-controlled by other long-term asthma medicines.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: How long does it take Symbicort to work?
A: It may take up to one week after taking Symbicort before your symptoms improve. Keep taking the medication as directed. Symbicort is not a quick-relief inhaler for an asthma attack.
Q: What is the Symbicort generic alternative?
A: The generic alternative for Symbicort is Budesonide/Formoterol and may offer you better savings. You can save on Symbicort and Budesonide/Formoterol by buying with us. We stock both the brand name and the generic alternative in strengths of 100mcg/6mcg (which is the same as 80mcg/4.5mcg) and 200mcg/6mcg (which is the same as 160mcg/4.5mcg).