Symbicort (generic name: budesonide / formoterol fumarate dihydrate) is an asthma controller. It is an inhaled combination medicine, containing budesonide (an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid) and formoterol (a rapid- and long-acting bronchodilator) as active ingredients.
Symbicort is used in patients age 12 years and older both for the relief of asthma symptoms and for the prevention of asthma attacks and symptoms.
Symbicort is also used long term to help improve lung function for better breathing in adults with COPD (chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both).
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Use Symbicort exactly as directed.
The usual Symbicort dosage is two puffs in the morning and two puffs in the evening. However your dosage may be different depending on the type and severity of your conditions, and your age.
If you miss a dose of Symbicort, you should take your next dose at the same time you normally do. Do not take Symbicort more often or use more puffs than you have been prescribed.
It is recommended to rinse the mouth with water and spit the water out after each dose (two puffs) of Symbicort. Do not swallow the water.
Tell your doctor before using Symbicort, if:
you are allergic to any medicines;
you have any serious medical conditions;
you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Active ingredients: micronized budesonide and micronized formoterol fumarate dihydrate.