BUDESONIDE AND FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE- budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate aerosol 
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Medication Guide

(budesonide 80 mcg and formoterol fumarate dihydrate 4.5 mcg)

Inhalation Aerosol

(budesonide 160 mcg and formoterol fumarate dihydrate 4.5 mcg)

Inhalation Aerosol

What is the most important information I should know about SYMBICORT?

SYMBICORT can cause serious side effects, including:

People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) medicines such as formoterol (one of the medicines in SYMBICORT) have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether budesonide, the other medicine in SYMBICORT, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with formoterol.
Call your healthcare provider if breathing problems worsen over time while using SYMBICORT. You may need different treatment.
Get emergency medical care if:
your breathing problems worsen quickly.
you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your breathing problems.
SYMBICORT should be used only if your healthcare provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma-control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
When your asthma is well controlled, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking SYMBICORT. Your healthcare provider will decide if you can stop SYMBICORT without loss of asthma control. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a different long-term asthma-control medicine for you, such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
Children and adolescents who take LABA medicines may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems.


SYMBICORT combines an inhaled corticosteroid medicine, budesonide and a LABA medicine, formoterol.

Inhaled corticosteroids help to decrease inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation in the lungs can lead to breathing problems.
LABA medicines are used in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. LABA medicines help the muscles around the airways in your lungs stay relaxed to prevent symptoms such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can happen when the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it hard to breathe. In severe cases, wheezing can stop your breathing and may lead to death if not treated right away.

SYMBICORT is used for asthma and COPD as follows:

Asthma: SYMBICORT is used to control symptoms of asthma, and prevent symptoms such as wheezing in adults and children ages 6 and older.
SYMBICORT contains formoterol. LABA medicines such as formoterol increase the risk of death from asthma problems. SYMBICORT is not for adults and children with asthma who are well controlled with an asthma-control medicine such as a low to medium dose of an inhaled corticosteroid medicine.
SYMBICORT is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems.
It is not known if SYMBICORT is safe and effective in children less than 6 years of age with asthma.
COPD: COPD is a long-term (chronic) lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. SYMBICORT 160/4.5 mcg is used long-term, as 2 inhalations 2 times each day, to improve symptoms of COPD for better breathing and to reduce the number of flare-ups (the worsening of your COPD symptoms for several days).
SYMBICORT is not used to relieve sudden breathing problems.

Do not use SYMBICORT:

to treat sudden severe symptoms of asthma or COPD.
if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SYMBICORT. See the end of the Medication Guide for a list of ingredients in SYMBICORT.

Before you use SYMBICORT, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

have heart problems.
have high blood pressure.
have seizures.
have thyroid problems.
have diabetes.
have liver problems.
have osteoporosis.
have an immune system problem.
have eye problems such as increased pressure in the eye, glaucoma, or cataracts.
are allergic to any medicines.
have any type of viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection.
are exposed to chicken pox or measles.
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if SYMBICORT may harm your unborn baby.
are breastfeeding. Budesonide, one of the active ingredients in SYMBICORT, passes into breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take SYMBICORT while breast-feeding.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. SYMBICORT and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take antifungal or anti-HIV medicines.

Know all the medicines you take. Keep a list and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

How should I use SYMBICORT?

See the step-by-step instructions for using SYMBICORT at the end of this Medication Guide. Do not use SYMBICORT unless your healthcare provider has taught you and you understand everything. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Use SYMBICORT exactly as prescribed. Do not use SYMBICORT more often than prescribed. SYMBICORT comes in 2 strengths. Your healthcare provider has prescribed the strength that is best for you. Note the differences between SYMBICORT and your other inhaled medications, including the differences in prescribed use and physical appearance.
Children should use SYMBICORT with an adult’s help, as instructed by the child’s healthcare provider.
SYMBICORT should be taken every day as 2 puffs in the morning and 2 puffs in the evening about 12 hours apart.
If you miss a dose of SYMBICORT, you should take your next dose at the same time you normally do.
Rinse your mouth with water and spit the water out after each dose (2 puffs) of SYMBICORT. Do not swallow the water. This will help to lessen the chance of getting a fungus infection (thrush) in the mouth and throat.
If you take too much SYMBICORT, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any unusual symptoms, such as worsening shortness of breath, chest pain, increased heart rate, or shakiness.
Do not spray SYMBICORT in your eyes. If you accidentally get SYMBICORT in your eyes, rinse your eyes with water, and if redness or irritation persists, consult your healthcare provider.
Do not change or stop any medicines used to control or treat your breathing problems. Your healthcare provider will change your medicines as needed.
While you are using SYMBICORT 2 times each day, do not use other medicines that contain a LABA for any reason. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are LABA medicines.
SYMBICORT does not relieve sudden symptoms. Always have a rescue inhaler medicine with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, call your healthcare provider to have one prescribed for you.
Call your healthcare provider or get medical care right away if:
your breathing problems worsen with SYMBICORT.
you need to use your rescue inhaler medicine more often than usual.
your rescue inhaler medicine does not work as well for you at relieving symptoms.
your peak flow meter results decrease. Your healthcare provider will tell you the numbers that are right for you.
your symptoms do not improve after using SYMBICORT regularly for 1 week.

What are the possible side effects of SYMBICORT?

SYMBICORT may cause serious side effects

See “What is the most important information I should know about SYMBICORT?”
Using too much of a LABA medicine may cause:
chest pain
a fast and irregular heartbeat
increased blood pressure
Fungal infection in your mouth or throat (thrush). Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using SYMBICORT to help reduce your chance of getting thrush.
Pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections. People with COPD have a higher chance of getting pneumonia and other lung infections. Inhaled corticosteroids may increase the chance of getting pneumonia. Call your healthcare provider if you notice any of these symptoms:        
increase in mucus (sputum) production
increased cough
change in mucus color
increased breathing problems
Immune system effects and a higher chance for infections. Tell your healthcare provider about any signs of infection such as:
body aches
feeling tired
Adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal insufficiency is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones. This can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroid medicines and start inhaled corticosteroid medicine.
Increased wheezing right after taking SYMBICORT. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing.
Serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue, and breathing problems. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.
Lower bone mineral density. This can happen in people who have a high chance for low bone mineral density (osteoporosis). Your healthcare provider should check you for this during treatment with SYMBICORT.
Slowed growth in children. A child’s growth should be checked regularly while using SYMBICORT.
Eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using SYMBICORT.
Swelling of your blood vessels. This can happen in people with asthma. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have:
a feeling of pins and needles or numbness of your arms or legs
flu like symptoms
pain and swelling of the sinuses
Decreases in blood potassium levels (hypokalemia).
Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia).

The most common side effects of SYMBICORT include:

People with asthma:
throat irritation
upper respiratory tract infection
inflammation of mucous membranes of the sinuses (sinusitis)
back pain
stomach discomfort
thrush in the mouth and throat
throat pain
nasal congestion

People with COPD:

throat irritation
thrush in the mouth and throat
infection and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes (bronchitis)
inflammation of mucous membranes in the sinuses (sinusitis)
upper respiratory tract infection

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of SYMBICORT.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

You may also report side effects to AstraZeneca at 1-800-236-9933.

How should I store SYMBICORT?

Store SYMBICORT at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
Store SYMBICORT with the mouthpiece down.
The contents of your SYMBICORT canister are under pressure. Do not puncture or throw the canister into a fire or incinerator. Do not use or store it near heat or open flame. Storage above 120ºF may cause the canister to burst.
Throw away SYMBICORT when the counter reaches zero (“0”) or 3 months after you take SYMBICORT out of its foil pouch, whichever comes first.
Keep SYMBICORT and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General Information about the safe and effective use of SYMBICORT.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use SYMBICORT for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give SYMBICORT to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about SYMBICORT that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in SYMBICORT?

Active ingredients: micronized budesonide and micronized formoterol fumarate dihydrate
Inactive ingredients: hydrofluroalkane (HFA 227), povidone K25 USP, and polyethylene glycol 1000 NF

Manufactured for: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, Wilmington, DE 19850

By: AstraZeneca Dunkerque Production, Dunkerque, France Product of France

For more information, call 1-800-236-9933 or go to www.MySymbicort.com

Revised: September 2017
Revised: 12/2020
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