Symbicort (Budesonide)

What is Symbicort?

Symbicort is an innovative medication, which contains Budesonide. The active ingredient of the medication helps decrease inflammation within the organism, thus, decrease the symptoms of mild to moderate Crohn’s disease. Additionally, the remedy can sometimes be used in order to improve other conditions, not listed in the safety guide. Consult your medical specialist about off-label Symbicort uses if necessary.


Recommendations for Use

Due to the high effectiveness and a drastic influence on the organism, the medication should be administered rather cautiously, with consideration to the safety issues. Start the medication course with doctor’s consultation in order to receive proper prescription and related details. Administer Symbicort in accordance with the directions of your healthcare specialist and information mentioned on the safety leaflet. Never use the medication in higher or lower doses, neither for a prolonged course. The medication works best if used regularly, preferably at around the same time every day. Take Symbicort with a full glass of water each morning. Swallow the tablet whole, without breaking, crushing or chewing.

Symbicort dose can vary greatly, depending on personal health peculiarities of a patient, his/her overall health state and related issues. However, an usual initial dose is 360 mcg twice a day. The maximal daily dose is 720 mcg two times a day. Make sure your doctor is aware of all the accompanying disorders you have to avoid drug misuse. Contact your healthcare specialist if the condition does not improve within a certain period of time, but symptoms aggravate and trigger new complications instead. Keep in mind that Symbicort can lower your immune system, so frequent medical tests are required for a safe therapy.

Precautions and Contraindications

Do not start Budesonide use in case you are sensitive to it or other ingredients of the remedy. Additionally, pregnant and breastfeeding women are contraindicated for the remedy use, due to an ultimately high risk of negative drug influence on the health of an unborn and nursing child. To get a maximally safe and appropriate prescription and other specifications, you need to warn your healthcare provider about all the accompanying and underlying health disorders, illnesses and dysfunctions you have, including stomach ulcers, hypertension, infections, liver complications, tuberculosis; decreased immune system, osteoporosis, eczema and others.

Symbicort is not approved for patients under 18 years old

Drug Interactions

Similar to other effective drugs, Symbicort can interfere with other prescription and non-prescription drugs. Thus, you need to inform your medical specialist about all the currently used drugs, herbal supplements, minerals and vitamins. Some of them can promote a similar effect, leading to Symbicort overuse, while others can block the positive drug impact.

Side Effects

Seek immediate medical help the moment you have got any abnormalities after Symbicort use. The remedy can activate certain mild to severe dysfunctions. You need emergency professional assistance if the drug intake has resulted in allergic reactions or any of the following conditions, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling, abnormal bleeding, easy bruising, urination pain and burning, menstrual problems, etc.

Contact your doctor if the therapy has triggered joint pain, tiredness, stomach pain, constipation, gas, headache, acne and other new or worsening signs.