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Symbicort is a medication which is used in treatment for asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Symbicort is a combination of budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide is a corticosteroid which reduces the inflammation and formoterol reduces the swelling and relaxes the muscles in the airways. Symbicort prevents asthma attacks.

Safety Measures

If you are having an asthma attack, you should not take Symbicort. This medication should be taken exactly as the doctor prescribed. Before you start taking Symbicort, you should inform your doctor about any other health conditions, especially if you have problems with heart, diabetes, thyroid gland disorder, high blood pressure, history of seizures, tuberculosis and any kind of infection. Also inform your doctor if you have allergies. If you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding, you should discuss about taking Symbicort with your doctor because this medication may cause harm to the baby.

Common Side Effects of Symbicort

The most common side effects of Symbicort are nausea, vomiting, headache, nasal congestion, irritation of the throat, tremors, pain in the stomach and dryness of the mouth. You may also experience dizziness, tiredness and sleeping disorders. The side effects of Symbicort which are not considered to be serious may include hoarseness, pain in the muscles, pain in the joints, headache, diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, and pain in the back. If these side effects may occur in a mild form and they go away after tour body adjusts to the medication. However, if they become persistent and severe, you should contact your doctor.

Serious Side Effects

If you notice any of the serious side effects of Symbicort, call your doctor as soon as possible. Such side effects may include worsening of your condition, wheezing, pain in the throat, choking, severe breathing difficulties, pain in the chest, impaired vision, pain in the eye, sores in the mouth, irregular pulse and seizures. You may also experience side effects which resemble to the symptoms of flu, such as fever, chills, weakness and sore throat. Other side effects of Symbicort are pain in the bones, excessive production of mucus and speaking difficulties.

Overdose and Allergic Reaction

If you overdose with Symbicort, you may experience breathing difficulties, cramps in the muscles, dryness of the mouth, anxiety, pain in the chest, nausea, vomiting, irregular pulse, tremors, faintness and seizures. In case of an allergic reaction, you may experience swelling of the lips, tongue or face, irritation of the skin, itchiness, breathing difficulties and tightness in the chest.

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