Average Rating: 2.4 (266 Ratings)

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 1  Asthma at night/low blood oxygen Low back pain spreading to hips. Pain in wrist joints/cramps in legs Fluid under eye/Blurred vision/bad nighttime sinusitis Vomiting/palpitations I had no idea that my inhaler could be causing such a range of disparate and debilitating symptoms. I felt very unwell. When I read the leaflet I stopped it at once and look forward to feeling relatively well again. F 75 14 days
45 2X D
 1  Asthma On and off headache, thrush ; phlegm in throat, dizziness, cramps in legs at night time, blurry vision, stiff back/neck, general "inability to relax" feeling Psychological issues (YES EVEN THAT! WHY?) I wish I never ever in my life used/trusted this drug to treat my asthma, the feeling I felt 4 months ago I wouldn't wish up on my worst enemy. When I was in school I couldn't focus - grades plummeted I barely graduated. When I was talking to my peers - it sounded like I was about to have a stroke. And you might ask, why didn't you discontinue using this drug earlier? Answer is, that using it the first year or so I was perfectly fine and normal, these side effects all came out of the blue, when these side effects came on, I visited many doctors, paid alot of money to get my blood tested and guess what, everything ok! Great, to a psychotherapist's office we go now. They gave me anti-depressants which did not work, at all! Only when I got off symbicort my OCD and depression was gone! like why! to this day 4 months of stopping this drug i'm genuinely feeling unwell and can't work or study! to whoever reads this save yourself please, this drug is terrible. M 21 4 years
160/4,5 1X D
 4  Asthma and COPD At first I was given this RX because my Lung function test showed Asthma but I am also a former smoker. I am also allergic to cats, dogs and dust mites. I take it around 7.30 am and 6pm everyday for a year so far, I have noticed that my bowel movements are different and I have indigestion a lot. I've also had the Pfizer shots and completely vaccinated. F 40 1 years
160/80 2X D
 5  Suddenly developed unstable asthma No major side effects so far and it has (along with Montelukast) stabilised my frighteningly unstable period of asthma. Some mild tremours after taking it. Some tiredness. I regard this drug as a lifesaver for me. Works really well at the moment and I am grateful for it. F 47 6 months
200/6 8X D
 5  Suddenly developed unstable asthma No major side effects so far and it has (along with Montelukast) stabilised my frighteningly unstable period of asthma. I am experiencing more vivid dreams on it but they are not unpleasant. Some mild tremours after taking it. Some tiredness. I regard this drug as a lifesaver for me. Works really well at the moment and I am grateful for it. F 47 6 months
200/6 8X D
 1  COPD Nervousness, tightening of chest, seems like I have more issues breathing when taking this. I’d rather suffer with shortness of breath doing something than feel like this when doing nothing! F 57 0 weeks
160/4.5 2X D
 1   Started making my asthma worse after use. Felt I needed my albuterol right away. Anxious. Bloating.stopped it. Will see a pulmonary dr. Also tried Trelegy but have dairy allergy so no to that. M 71 3 months
4.5 2X D
 2  Asthmatic bronchitis Cramping and all over muscle/joint pain. Headache at back of head which I have never experienced Cleared up my acute episode and helped with mild asthma F 62 60 days
2X D
 3  Asthmatic & ABPA Okay at first but feel now its badly stuffing up my sinuses, causing ear & neck pain. Also bad tongue thrush. Unsure whether to reduce dose? Also lost weight? Is there an alternative to Symbicort F 63 2 years
400? 2X D
 3  Cough-varient asthma Constant stomach pain. Like adrenalin dump. Chest tightness. Been waking up and taking Pepcid. It opened my airway so I could breathe almost immediately. F 64 8 days
2puffs 2x 2X D
 2  Asthma Wheezing, sore back, muscle weakness, irritated throat, feeling weak. Too many side effects! F 67 0 days
200mg 2X D
 5  Allergic asthma. Weight gain, mostly in tummy. Rash down below. I was using the blue inhaler three times a night and day, which was far too much. I hardly use it at all now. So I'm very grateful for my Symbicort. I think I don't need to worry about long term side effects at my age. Just glad it helps me feel so much better now. F 73 0 weeks
2X D
 4  COPD/Asthma symptoms Began taking Symbicort along with Singulair when Asthma symptoms increased when the weather turned cold. Went off Singulair after 10 days but continued Symbicort. (If you are taking Singulair please research black box warnings associated with it.) Have had weight gain, depression, major anxiety and overall feeling of apathy. I think its important for doctors to make their patients aware of the need to weigh the side effects of a medication versus the benefits. There are side effects to every medication we take. F 56 45 days
160 mcg 1X D
 1  Asthma Heart racing Major anxiety Can't breathe Can't sleep Weight gain F 60 60 days
165 2X D
 1  Dr. Prescribed for Asthma Hoarseness, trouble breathing, wheezing, leg cramps, nausea, bloating. Why is this even allowed to be prescribed? It's a horrible drug. F 60 15 days
2X D
 3  Asthma Increased anxiety Increased heart rate Tremors in hands Rashes- when I started taking it once a day everyday I noticed I had x4coin sided rashes come up on my body on my thigh, arm, stomach I googled it and it looked like a “hectors patch” I'm not sure if it was caused by the inhaler, I'm not on any other mendication but seemed a conincidence. Also got tonsillitis, not sure if this caused it. It seemed to work well but I feel uncomfortable as it contains small amount of steroids and long term may be more harmful, eg rare side effects blindness, I don't want to take the risk. Think I'll switch back to salbutamol. F 31 1 years
1X D
 3  Mild to moderate asthma Hand and ankle spasms, dry eyes, blurred vision, anxiety, feeling of unwellness in morning, Gastric reflux I am now getting silent asthma spasms instead of wheezing. I don't want to take this stuff but doctor says I need it rest of my life F 64 3 years
160/4.5 1X D
 1  Asthma Tingling sensation in extremities, sore lungs, nervous/shaky, palpitations, heart throbbing. M 60 1 days
160/4.5 2X D
 4  Allergies, Asthma Occasional fatigue. Some muscle soreness perhaps, but also on montelukast and a low dose of spiriva now. You must rinse well with warm water to avoid thrush issues/hoarseness. Been on Advair, then Dulera for a number of years. They are all pretty similar though Dulera worked better until caremark forced me off it or pay full retail. Was required to go on Symbicort as their covered alternative first. After going back and forth my symptoms got a bit worse and never have improved using either formulation. M 63 2 years
160/4.5 2X D
 2  allergy induced asthma hoarseness, runny nose, cough, extreme leg aches, aches in wrists Stopped taking - went back to QVAR 80. F 55 3 days
160-4.5 2X D

SYMBICORT  (BUDESONIDE; FORMOTEROL FUMARATE DIHYDRATE):  This product is used to control and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma or ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema). It contains 2 medications: budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works by reducing the irritation and swelling of the airways. Formoterol belongs to the class of drugs known as long-acting beta agonists. It works by opening airways in the lungs to make breathing easier. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school. When used alone, long-acting beta agonists (such as formoterol) may rarely increase the risk of serious (sometimes fatal) asthma-related breathing problems. However, combination inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta agonists, such as this product, do not increase the risk of serious asthma-related breathing problems. For asthma treatment, this product should be used when breathing problems are not well controlled with one asthma-control medication (such as inhaled corticosteroid) or if your symptoms need combination treatment. Before using this medication, it is important to learn how to use it properly. This medication must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks. If an asthma attack occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler (such as albuterol, also called salbutamol in some countries) as prescribed.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)