I have been on Advair for years and it seems to have outlived its usefulness. My doctor has put me on Symbicort and I've been on it all week and I am still coughing and had shortness of breath. My doctor said I would notice a difference in a week.
Symbicort is a combination of a LABA (long-acting beta agonist) formoterol and a corticosteroid, budesonide. It is taken on a daily basis for the prevention of asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive respiratory disease) regardless of whether or not you have trouble breathing.
The long-acting beta agonists work by relaxing the muscles of the airways within the lungs which leads to easier breathing, while the corticosteroids work to decrease inflammation and swelling in the airways.
Symbicort usually begins to work almost instantly with maximum effect after one to two weeks although results may vary.
If you have difficult to control asthma and have not noticed any signs of improvement then see your doctor again. Your doctor may need to try something else.
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