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What are the side effects of Symbicort?

There are many possible side effects of Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol). The most common are an irritated or runny nose, infection of the upper respiratory tract (such as the common cold or ear infection), headaches, yeast infection in the mouth (thrush), stomach upset, sinus infection and bronchitis. Other common effects include: diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, back or body pain, flu-like illness, congested nose, voice change, dizziness and infection of the urinary tract.

Some infrequent but serious side effects include: exacerbated narrowing of the airways, irregular or very fast heartbeat, chest pain, fainting, seizures, high blood pressure, frequent and/or severe infections anywhere in the body, high blood sugar and allergic reactions (rashes, itching, swelling, difficulty with swallowing, wheezing and difficulty with breathing). You should contact your doctor if you experience any of these.

Other potential side effects include: depression, agitation, aggression, anxiety, restlessness, tremors, decreased bone density, slow growth, cataracts, glaucoma, worsening of preexisting infections (such as tuberculosis or herpes simplex in the eye), bruising and adrenal suppression (characterized by low blood pressure when steroids are suddenly stopped).

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