Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Symbicort

Canadian Brand Name

  1. Symbicort 100 Turbuhaler
  2. Symbicort 200 Turbuhaler

Descriptions


Budesonide and formoterol is a combination of two medicines that are used to help control the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function. It is used when a patient's asthma has not been controlled sufficiently on other asthma medicines, or when a patient's condition is so severe that more than one medicine is needed every day. This medicine will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.

This medicine is also used to treat air flow blockage and reduce the worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Inhaled budesonide belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids (cortisone-like medicines). It works by preventing inflammation (swelling) in the lungs that causes an asthma attack.

Inhaled formoterol belongs to the family of medicines known as bronchodilators. It works by helping the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Aerosol Liquid
  • Powder