Generic Name(s): budesonide, formoterol
Drug Class: Beta Agonist, corticosteroid combination
Treats: COPD, Asthma
Symbicort is used to combat breathing issues caused by asthma or lung diseases such as COPD. Symbicort works by reducing the swelling of the lungs while also opening up their airways for calmer breathing. The two active drugs in Symbicort are budesonide and formoterol, which are both bronchodilators.
Symbicort is a combination formulation of formoterol and budesonide, used in the management of Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The two active ingredients are delivered through a single inhaler.
Formoterol is a rapid-acting and long-lasting β2-antagonist that works by opening the airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Budesonide, on the other hand, is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that works by reducing and preventing respiratory tract inflammation.
Symbicort is used to prevent and control symptoms of asthma or ongoing lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Such symptoms include wheezing and shortness of breath.
Symbicort must be used regularly to be effective. However, it does not have an immediate impact. Therefore, it should not be relied upon to relieve sudden Asthma attacks.