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Symbicort (Budesonide Inhalation) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Symbicort (Budesonide Inhalation) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 5 ratings/reviews, Symbicort has an overall score of 5.60. The effectiveness score is 8 and the side effect score is 6. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Symbicort review by 45 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma
Dosage & duration:   1 puff twice a day (dosage frequency: twice a day) for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   lessened the frequency of asthma attacks particularly during a chest cold and generally day to day.
Side effects:   Some change in voice or slight difference in voice strength
Comments:   One puff twice a day

 

Symbicort review by 20 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma/COPD
Dosage & duration:   160/4.5 (dosage frequency: 2 puffs, twice a day) for the period of 2.5 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   singulair, proair
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Moderately helped control my asthma and COPD.
Side effects:   back pain, chest pain, headaches, distorted vision, thyroid problems, fast pounding heart beats, irregular heart rhythm, gave me a sinus arrhythmia
Comments:   Started taking the drug in May, recently stopped due to the connection between all my heart problems that started when I started the drug. Now am having to see a cardiologist to make sure there is no long term damage to my heart.

 

Symbicort review by 58 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma
Dosage & duration:   2 puffs variable according to symptoms (dosage frequency: twice daily) for the period of 2 years continuing
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   ventolin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Able to breathe in a relaxed way without forcing the breath and without wheezing. Asthma "controlled" meaning ventolin used hardly at all (after decades of relying on it).
Side effects:   Less flexible in my back and worse digestion in last couple of years since I have been taking symbicort. Also asthma nurse measured me at 5'11" when I thought I was 6'1"! Am afraid of the long term effects of taking corticosteriods and long term beta blockers.
Comments:   I was prescribed symbicort because I was using ventolin several times every day. I have been using the 200/6 turbohaler most of the time in the past 2 years consistently 2xtwice daily until recently when I have noticed some loss of flexibility in my back and worsening indigestion (plus nervousness at using steroids); so I have been taking note of an information "wheel" from the nurse which basically tells me I can reduce dosage eventually to 1xonce a day if I am showing no symptoms. At the moment I am on 1xtwice daily which feels about right. Will ask nurse about 100/6 (which has half the steroid content) on next visit. Would like to come off completely but maybe not possible.

 

Symbicort review by care giver of 72 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma
Dosage & duration:   1 puff (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   cardiomyopathy Iincluding atrial fibrillation, depression
Other drugs taken:   Warfarin, digoxin, prozac
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Breathing became easier.
Side effects:   Had leg cramps, dizzyness, muscle weakness, tiredness - progressive over two months of taking Symbicort. The patient died two months after commencing Symbicort. Discussion after death led to physician suggesting this was the cause of a massive MI and death. He was going to report this to the manufacturers.
Comments:   On using second issue of Symbicort death occured.

 

Symbicort review by 69 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   asthma, emphysema
Dosage & duration:   80/4.5 (dosage frequency: bid) for the period of continue to take it
Other conditions:   Reactive Hypoglycemia
Other drugs taken:   Actos, 15mg
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I had taken Pulmicort, and other inhalants, with no major changes. It became more difficult to maintain my exercise and lively life style. I gave in and began Symbicort and immediately experienced a relief of shortness of breath, weezing. I feel like a new person. I still have a reaction to cold wind, and very high humidity, but so much better. I rarely use my Albuterol.
Side effects:   none
Comments:   I take one puff in the am, rinse my mouth and gargle. I repeat the treatment in the evening before bed.
 


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