What is Symbicort?
In September 2005, AstraZeneca submitted an application seeking approval for a newly developed drug for the treatment of asthma. This drug is called Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol). In July 2006 the Food and Drug Administration approved Symbicort for use in patients 12 and older for the treatment of asthma.
In February 2009 AstraZeneca received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market Symbicort for use in the maintenance treatment of airflow obstructions resulting from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The FDA granted this approval following a pair of clinical trials which found that within five minutes of taking the first dose, Symbicort delivered significant results in improving lung function was sustained and continued to improve throughout the duration of the tests.
How does Symbicort work?
Symbicort reduces the swelling and irritation of airways. Symbicort is comprised of two medications: formoterol and budesonide. Formoterol works to open up the airways within the lungs in order to make breathing easier. Budesonide works to reduce the swelling and irritation of the airways. In order for Symbicort to provide optimum benefits, it must be used regularly and as directed.
What is Symbicort prescribed for?
Symbicort is used for the prevention and control of symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, etc, associated with asthma.
Symbicort is not to be used with other inhaled, extended-action beta agonists. Using both increases the risk of side effects. Symbicort is most effective when used at evenly-spaced intervals and at the same time each day. Do not stop using Symbicort, increase dosage or frequency of dose without your doctor’s approval.
Symbicort is not to be used by patients whose asthma or other breathing issues are adequately controlled with the use of low or medium dose inhaled corticosteroids.
What are the potential side effects of Symbicort?
Common side effects of Symbicort include headaches, throat irritation, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, back pain, stuffy nose, muscle or joint pain, or changes in your voice
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