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Symbicort Inhaler - Summary

Symbicort is a medication that consists of two different types of medications and is used in the treatment of asthma. Push Health connects people needing a Symbicort prescription with medical providers who can prescribe Symbicort when appropriate to do so.

What Is Symbicort Used For?

A Symbicort inhaler consists of two different medications - a corticosteroid (budesonide) and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (formoterol). So, for people who wonder if Symbicort is a steroid medication, the answer is yes given the corticosteroid component. Symbicort is indicated for the treatment of asthma and maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in COPD in specific classes of patients. Symbicort alternatives include Advair and Dulera.

Symbicort - Dosage

Symbicort is packaged as a metered-dose inhaler containing budesonide 80 mcg or budesonide 160 mcg and formoterol 4.5 mcg. Formoterol fumarate dihydrate is a long-acting selective beta2-agonist that acts locally on the lung and is found as a powder that is slightly soluble in water. In the combined form, the drugs in Symbicort are packaged as Symbicort 80/4.5 or Symbicort 160/4.5 regimens. Initial Symbicort regimens generally consist of two inhalations of Symbicort 80/4.5 or Symbicort 160/4.5 twice daily. Symbicort should be primed before using. After inhalation, it is recommended that the patient rinse their mouth with water without swallowing. Symbicort canisters are hydrofluoroalkane-propelled metered dose inhalers containing 60 or 120 actuations.

Can I Buy Symbicort Online?

Symbicort is a prescription medication and one cannot legally just buy Symbicort online in the US. As a result, Symbicort is also not available over-the-counter. However, with a valid Symbicort prescription, one can get any necessary Symbicort inhalers. Push Health can connect people who need a Symbicort prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe Symbicort if appropriate to do so.

Symbicort - Coupons and Cost

While Symbicort is frequently prescribed, it is not a cheap medication. For many people, Symbicort will be moderately expensive at approximately $3 per inhalation at most pharmacies. In some cases, insurance will cover some or all of the cost of a Symbicort prescription. Symbicort coupons are available at times online or from the manufacturer.

Symbicort - Side Effects

Symbicort is a medication and can cause side effects. Symbicort's side effects include nasopharyngitis, headache, nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting and sinusitis. Symbicort can interact with other drugs and care needs to be taken when used concomitantly with other medications. People with a hypersensitivity or allergy to Symbicort should not use the medication. Patients should be aware that formoterol fumarate dihydrate, one of the ingredients in Symbicort, can increase the risk of asthma-related death. Symbicort and alcohol should not be used together. Questions about side effects related to Symbicort should be directed to one's medical provider.

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Last updated May 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.