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Symbicort® (budesonide and formoterol) is a prescription drug approved for the treatment of asthma. It is used to prevent asthma attacks, not to treat them once they occur.
Symbicort contains two different medications: a beta agonist and an inhaled steroid. The beta agonist stimulates the muscles around the airways, which opens up the airways and allows more air to get into and through the lungs. The inhaled steroid decreases the inflammation of airways that makes asthma attacks more likely.
Although most people respond well to Symbicort, drug information should be discussed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins to help minimize risks. Prior to using this medication, talk to your healthcare provider if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or osteoporosis.
(Click Symbicort for more Symbicort drug information, including more details on how the medicine works, dosing guidelines, and a list of potential side effects.)
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