What Is Budesonide and Formoterol Used For?

Many people wonder, "What is budesonide and formoterol used for?" Budesonide and formoterol, a combination medicine, is used for controlling COPD and asthma symptoms. At this time, there are no universally accepted "off-label" uses of the medication.

Budesonide and Formoterol Uses

Budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort®) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a combination medication, containing a corticosteroid and a beta-adrenergic receptor agonist.
 

Budesonide and Formoterol for Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When the airways react, they narrow and less air flows to your lungs. This is called bronchospasm and causes asthma symptoms like wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, tightness in the chest, and trouble breathing.
 
While there is no asthma cure, asthma can be controlled. There are many different asthma treatments, including fast-acting "rescue medications" for treating an asthma attack and longer-acting "controller medications" used to prevent asthma attacks. Budesonide and formoterol is a controller medication, used to help prevent asthma attacks (but not to treat an attack). Everyone who takes budesonide and formoterol should also have a rescue medication available (such as an albuterol inhaler) for emergency situations.
 
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