Symbicort Side Effects
Symbicort side effects and adverse reactions include:
- Serious allergic reaction
- Diminished immune system
- Stopping oral corticosteroids and beginning an inhaled corticosteroid can cause a decrease in the amount of adrenaline produced in the body.
- Eye problems
- Diminished growth in children
- Swelling in the blood vessels
- Pain in the throat
- Flu-like symptoms
- Abdominal pain
Warnings & Recalls for Symbicort
- Speak to your doctor if you have an underlying cardiovascular condition as well as seizure disorder, diabetes, or if you have not had chickenpox or measles (and have not been vaccinated). This drug may exacerbate these health issues.
- Formoterol can increase the risk of asthma-related death. If your asthma is becoming progressively worse, you should not take Symbicort. If your asthma is well controlled without taking a drug like Formoterol or another long-acting beta agonist (LABA), you should not take these drugs due to the risks involved.
- Symbicort will not replace a fast-acting asthma medication. If you need a rescue inhaler speak with your doctor as soon as possible to obtain one.
- People with SOPD are already at an increased risk for lung infections. Inhaled steroid medications may increase this underlying risk.
- Symbicort may have adverse immune system side effects. Speak to your doctor if you are suffering from a condition that suppresses the immune system of if you are currently undergoing another treatment with immunosuppressant effects.
Symbicort Treatment and Use
Symbicort | formoterol fumarate dehydrate, marketed by AstraZeneca, is an inhalation aerosol, is a drug indicated in the treatment of asthma for adolescents 12 years of age and over as well as adults 18 years of age and older as well as in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. It is important to note that asthma can’t be cured, though with proper lifestyle modifications and the use of medications this disease can usually be controlled.
Symbicort is a combination of budesonide (an anti-inflammatory agent) and the bronchodilator formoteral. These work together to both prevent asthma symptoms and treat acute asthma attacks in those individuals that suffer from asthma or bronchitis. Although organizations such as the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has approved this medication for the treatment of acute symptoms of asthma, the FDA has only approved its use as a maintenance treatment for the condition.
How does Symbicort work?
When inhaled, the corticosteroid budesonide stops cells in the lungs from producing chemicals that aid in the inflammation response. This helps keep the airways from constricting due to swelling which coupled with mucus may cause the symptoms of asthma and asthma attack.
The drug formoterol is a bronchodilator. It opens and relaxes airways helping those who suffer from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (SOPD) to breathe more easily.
- Symbicort comes as an MDI or metered dose inhaler. Remember to shake the inhaler at least 5 times gently before each use and test spray the product at least once before you begin using each inhaler.
- Do not spray the medicine to the back of the throat. In order for Symbicort to work, you must ensure that you breathe in deeply each time you spray the medicine.
- Wait one minute between sprays.
- It is important to remember that Symbicort is not a rescue inhaler. Your doctor will prescribe a rescue inhaler to treat sudden onset of asthma symptoms.
- For asthma, the recommended dose is between two inhalations of Sybbicort 80/4.5 twice a day to two inhalations of Symbicort 160/4.5 twice a day.
- For chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), the dose is 160/4.5 twice a day.
Other Names for Symbicort
- formoterol and budesonide
Lawsuits & Legal Information for Symbicort
Posted on May 21, 2012