Who should use Symbicort?

Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol) is used to widen the airways leading to the lungs. People who have abnormally narrow airways, such as those with asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, benefit most from Symbicort. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are often grouped together under the term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A recent warning issued by the manufacturer states that Symbicort should be used only by individuals whose disease has not been properly controlled by long-term treatment with inhaled steroids alone, or those with such severe disease that they definitely need a combination of a steroid and a long-acting beta-agonist. This warning was issued because of the increased risk of asthma-related deaths found with salmeterol, a drug that is similar to the formoterol component of Symbicort.

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