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COPD Drug Treatment Guide


Symbicort is a combination drug used to control COPD. Pharmacist Kanna overviews symbicort side effects, dosage, and how this drug works.

Symbicort is a combination of a long acting beta2 agonist and a steroid, and is used as a maintenance therapy. Symbicort works in two ways, it relaxes the muscles around the airways in your chest with a long acting beta agonist. The steroid is used to reduce inflammation in the chest, opening up the airways to allow more air to flow in and out of the lungs. 

Like all medications, there can be symbicort side effects. These can include trouble speaking, confusion, pain in your bones, muscle cramps, or pain and stomach ache. You may also feel diziness or a rapid heart beat. If you experience any of these symptoms and for an on going discussion of your COPD treatment, you should speak with your doctor.


Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.

This video features Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.. Punkaj Khanna earned his Pharm.D. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has special interests in patient education and compliance.

Duration: 01:46. Last Updated On: 2015-10-15
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh . Review date: October 28, 2014