Symbicort Overdose

Possible symptoms of a Symbicort overdose include dry mouth, fatigue, and seizures. If too much of the drug is taken, treatment options will typically focus on managing and alleviating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. This is called supportive care, and for a Symbicort overdose, can include things like giving IV fluids and medications to counteract Symbicort's effects.

Symbicort Overdose: An Introduction

Symbicort® (budesonide and formoterol) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a combination medication, containing a corticosteroid and a beta-adrenergic receptor agonist. Symbicort overdose effects will vary, depending on a number of factors, including how much Symbicort is taken and whether it is taken with any other medicines, alcohol, street drugs, or a combination of these.
If you happen to overdose on Symbicort, seek immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of a Symbicort Overdose

Symptoms of a Symbicort overdose may include:
  • Shakiness (tremor)
  • Runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Increased salivation
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Heart palpitations (feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart)
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Nervousness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia or fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Low blood potassium (hypokalemia)
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Loss of life.

Treatment for a Symbicort Overdose

Treatment for a Symbicort overdose typically involves supportive care. This type of care consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options may include:
  • Administering fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
  • Giving medications to reverse the effect of Symbicort (such as beta blockers)
  • Providing other treatments based on complications that occur.
It is important that you seek prompt medical attention if you believe that you may have overdosed on Symbicort.
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