budesonide/formoterol hfa inhaler (Symbicort)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with Symbicort are:

Higher doses of budesonide may cause suppression of the body's ability to make its own natural glucocorticoid in the adrenal gland. People with suppression of their adrenal glands (which can be diagnosed by a doctor) would need increased amounts of glucocorticoids, probably by the oral or intravenous route, during periods of high physical stress or acute illness when glucocorticoids are particularly important. Inhaled steroids may cause growth suppression, weaken the immune system, and may increase the risk of glaucoma, and cataracts.

Allergic reactions, including swelling of face, throat and tongue, as well as rash, hives, and breathing problems may occur.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Aerosol: 80/4.5 mcg per spray; 160/4.5 mcg per spray

STORAGE: Budesonide should be kept at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F). It should be shaken well before each use.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/20/2015

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