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Symbicort Inhalers

Symbicort is a preventer inhaler best suited to those with moderate to severe asthma. Symbicort contains a steroid for preventing inflammation in the lungs, and a bronchodilator for keeping your airways open. It works best when used every day. You can order Symbicort online from one of our NHS accredited doctors.

Budesonide 100mcg / Formoterol fumarate dihydrate 6mcg | from £56.95 per inhaler

Symbicort Turbohaler

Budesonide 200mcg / Formoterol fumarate dihydrate 6mcg | from £59.45 per inhaler


Budesonide 400mcg / Formoterol fumarate dihydrate 12mcg | from £59.45 per inhaler


Key Features

  • Combined preventer and reliever
  • Ideal for those with moderate to severe asthma
  • Dose can be lowered once asthma is controlled
Symbicort is a combination inhaler containing both preventer and reliever medicines.
Dr Gigi Taguri

Key Information

The medicine

Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 100/6, 200/6 and 400/12mcg

How quickly it works

Used on a daily basis, Symbicort can help prevent asthma attacks and control symptoms, such as wheeze or a night-time cough. You should also have a reliever inhaler like Ventolin (salbutamol) to hand in case of sudden breathing problems.

How to take it

Take as directed by your GP or asthma nurse. This usually involves one to two puffs once or twice a day.

Side effects

Symbicort can cause thrush in the mouth or a hoarse voice. Using mouthwash or brushing your teeth after using Symbicort can help prevent this. A full list of side effects will accompany your medicine.

Using your inhaler correctly

To get the maximum benefit from your inhaler, you need to make sure you are using it correctly. Studies show that the majority of people do not use their inhaler properly. You can ask your GP, asthma nurse or your local LloydsPharmacy to check your inhaler technique.

Who shouldn't use this service

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have ever needed intensive care treatment for your asthma, or have been admitted to hospital because of your symptoms in the last year, our doctors will be unable to prescribe you Symbicort. If you have asthma and are pregnant or breastfeeding you should see your GP.

About Symbicort

How quickly does Symbicort take effect?

Symbicort contains a reliever and a preventer medicine combined into one inhaler. The reliever component will give you some instant relief but the preventer will take up to a week to be effective.

Does Symbicort treat the underlying causes of asthma?

Symbicort is good for controlling your asthma, but won’t necessarily treat the underlying causes of it on a permanent basis. However, it should help get your asthma under control. As such, our doctors may advise you to move onto a lower dose preventer after this time.

Symbicort should be thought of as a way to control your asthma symptoms, rather than a method of eradicating your condition altogether.

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