Precautions and Warnings With Budesonide and Formoterol
Before starting a new medication, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the drug's precautions and warnings. With budesonide and formoterol, these include keeping a rescue inhaler on hand at all times, avoiding certain drug interactions, and looking out for side effects like high blood pressure or irregular heart rhythm. In addition, you should not take budesonide and formoterol if you are allergic to any components of the medicine.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort®) if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Other types of heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food (especially milk), dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.