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Budesonide-Formoterol HFA is an asthma treatment that can ease symptoms and help prevent future asthma attacks. This treatment combines two medicines: a corticosteroid and a long-acting beta-agonist. These medicines work together to help open the airways and reduce inflammation. Symbicort is the brand version of Budesonide-Formoterol.
Please note: At this time, this medication is only prescribed as a refill at Dr. B.
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About Symbicort (Budesonide-Formoterol HFA)
How does it work?
Symbicort contains two medicines. Budesonide is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation (swelling) in the airways. Formoterol is a long-acting beta agonist, which can help relax the muscles in the airways. These medicines work together to make breathing easier for people with asthma.
What does it treat?
Symbicort is used to manage asthma symptoms and prevent future asthma attacks. When used regularly, this medicine can help relieve asthma symptoms like trouble breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Although this medication may be helpful if you’re having an asthma attack, you should use your rescue inhaler if it is available.
What forms does it come in?
Budesonide-Formoterol HFA is available as an inhaler. Check with your medical provider about how to use this medicine correctly.
Symbicort vs. Budesonide-Formoterol HFA
Symbicort and Budesonide-Formoterol HFA are the same medicine. Budesonide-Formoterol HFA is the generic version of this medicine. Generic medicines are just as safe and effective as brand medications, but they may cost less depending on your insurance.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If an asthma prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Budesonide-Formoterol HFA 80 mcg-4.5 mcg/Actuation (120 inhalation aerosol with adapter) start at $93.13.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Budesonide-Formoterol HFA 80 mcg-4.5 mcg/Actuation (120 inhalation aerosol with adapter)*
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Symbicort (Budesonide-Formoterol HFA) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using [Generic Drug Name] (Generic Brand Name)?
- Reduces inflammation
- Opens airways (Symbicort can work like a reliever)
- Relieves asthma symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath
- Makes breathing easier
- Prevents asthma attacks
Who should not use this medication?
- People who are allergic to Budesonide or Formoterol
- People who take other long-acting beta agonist medicines
Some people should be careful while using this medicine, including people with heart problems or high blood pressure. Tell your licensed provider about all the medicines you take and if you have any other medical conditions before starting this treatment. Also, your health provider needs to know if you have an eye condition like glaucoma or cataract, if you have osteoporosis or are at risk for low bone density as this medication can contribute to bone loss over time.
How do I use this medication?
This asthma medicine is inhaled directly into the lungs using an inhaler. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions to make sure you use this medicine correctly. After using this medicine, rinse out your mouth with water. This helps prevent a mouth infection called thrush.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget a dose of Symbicort, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose as scheduled. For this medicine to work correctly, it should be taken every day or as prescribed. Try putting your inhaler somewhere that makes it easy to remember, like next to your toothbrush or by your contact lenses.
What happens if I use too much?
Taking too much Symbicort might cause side effects like a fast heartbeat or shakiness. If you think you've taken too much, it's important to contact a medical provider or seek medical help right away. You can also call your local poison control center (800-222-1222) for immediate help.
Can I get Symbicort (Budesonide-Formoterol HFA) online?
Dr. B can help you get online asthma prescriptions, including prescriptions for Symbicort. All it takes is a short health questionnaire to get started. A licensed medical provider will review your health history and symptoms. If appropriate, they’ll send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Cascya Charlot
Cascya Charlot, MD is the current medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of Brooklyn, with a focus on pediatric allergy and asthma initiatives. She is also the head of the pediatric allergy and immunology department at NYP Methodist Hospital. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from New York University, Dr. Charlot continued her education at Harvard Medical School, where she went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital.
Some people might experience side effects while taking medicines that contain Budesonide and Formoterol. The most common side effects are:
- Sore throat
- Back pain
- Upper respiratory infection (like a cold or the flu)
- Nasal congestion
- Thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth)
- Upset stomach
If you experience severe side effects like fast heartbeat, tremors or high blood pressure—or other new and worrying symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist immediately.