Symbicort, the brand name form of budesonide
and formoterol, is a prescription medication used to prevent breathing difficulties, wheezing,
and shortness of breath in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
Symbicort contains two medications, budesonide, a steroid that decreases inflammation, and
formoterol, which belongs to a group of drugs called beta agonists. Beta agonists work by
relaxing smooth muscle of the airways in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. This medication
comes in the form of an inhaler. It is taken every day as 2 puffs into the lungs, twice
daily. Common side effects of Symbicort include throat irritation and pain, headache, and
thrush infection. Always take this medication only as prescribed. Keep up to date with medication
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