Symbicort contains a combination of budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing. Learn more about Symbicort and Symbicort Side Effects.
Symbicort is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
You should not use Symbicort if you are allergic to budesonide (Entocort, Pulmicort, Rhinocort) or formoterol (Foradil, Perforomist).
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Symbicort will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Budesonide can pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby.
Do not use Symbicort without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Budesonide can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using Symbicort. Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old.
To make sure you can safely use Symbicort, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- heart disease or high blood pressure;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- herpes infection of the eyes;
- any active infection;
- an electrolyte imbalance (such as low potassium levels in your blood); or
- a thyroid disorder.
Symbicort Side Effects
Less serious Symbicort side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach;
- back pain;
- stuffy nose;
- muscle or joint pain; or
- changes in your voice.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- worsening asthma symptoms;
- chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, nervousness;
- wheezing, throat irritation, choking, or other breathing problems after using Symbicort;
- signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
- blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
- white patches or sores in your mouth or throat; or
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Symbicort: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.