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Could taking Symbicort stunt my stepson's growth?

Symbicort is an oral inhaled medication that contains two active ingredients: budesonide, which is a corticosteroid that decreases inflammation and swelling, and formoterol, which relaxes the airways. It is the corticosteroid (steroid for short) that may affect growth. Taking a steroid can cause a child to grow more slowly than he would if he was not taking it.

Talk to your stepson's doctor if you think he is not growing at a normal rate. His doctor may adjust his dose of Symbicort.

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