Budesonide and Formoterol (Symbicort)
Budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort®) is a prescription drug used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The medicine comes in an inhaler and is approved for use in both adults and children. It contains two medications:
- A beta agonist, which stimulates the muscles around airways
- An inhaled steroid, which decreases inflammation in the airways.
Both of these drugs can help improve breathing and prevent asthma attacks. Because the medication does not work quickly, it should not be used for treating asthma attacks that have already started. Rather, it is used twice daily in order to prevent attacks.
While most people tolerate this medication well, side effects can occur. Some of the commonly reported reactions include headaches, thrush, and sore throat.
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