User Reviews for Symbicort to treat COPD, Maintenance
Symbicort has an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 from a total of 17 reviews for the treatment of COPD, Maintenance. 47% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 29% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Symbicort
"I have been diagnosed with a light case of COPD & prescribed Symbicort to help when I exert myself and have shortness of breath. Since taking this inhaler I have been sick with pneumonia like symptoms, hacking phlegm, Charlie horse's in my lower calf, & lacking concentration and confusion with organizing my work. I am exhausted and my chest is burning. I have not felt this bad since I quit smoking 3 years ago when I had the worst flu of my life. So grateful to find this page. I thought I was losing my marbles @55yrs?"
"Had tried Advair and one other inhaler and didn't do anything. Was using albuterol when needed (2-3 times a day). Doctor put me on Symbicort and had immediate relief. Only take 2 puffs in the morning and set for the day. No side effects yet (4 weeks). Hopefully it will continue to work on my COPD. "
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"This is the greatest thing that's happened in my life in the last year. I used to have to use my Ventlin inhaler 3/4 times a day. I have not used it since I started Symbicort! My last doctor wouldn't even let me try it. Glad I changed doctors. I can go up and down stairs without stopping trying to breath. My child even noticed the difference."
"This medication helps me but the cost of this medication is ridiculous. I do not qualify for free prescriptions nor medicaid. I cannot afford insurance and have a family to feed. The cheapest coupon I was able to find was 277.00. Tell me what average american family can actually afford that a month plus other meds? Pharmaceutical Companies and AstraZeneca are making billions of dollars all the while people are needlessly suffering due to the cost of your medication. That is what I call a crime to humanity."
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"Experienced some dizziness at first, then felt a nervousness or anxiety feeling inside for several hours after the dosage. First time using this medication, and need more time on it to be sure of these problems. Was taking Advair previously with no effects (except better breathing ability)."
"I was diagnosed with asthma and COPD and was given symbicort. First I lost my voice , then I would get constant leg cramps at night, then I started to lose weight. I went to see my new doctor, by the way my previous doctor sent me to have my throat examined for any problems and all came out ok. My new doctor asked me "who told you you got COPD"? my previous doctor. She asked did I have a lung test and I said no. Then told me to quit symbicort get a chest x-ray a full lung test and a complete blood scan which came back Normal. Now it's been over a week since I stopped symbicort and am breathing normal don't cough got my appetite back and don't use my rescue inhaler which I seldom used . Get a complete lung test before taking symbicort."
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"I was first prescribed Spiriva for my COPD and after about a month I saw no change & was using my rescue inhaler 3-4 times a day. My Dr. then prescribed Symbicort 5 weeks ago & I haven't had to use my rescue inhaler at all since. It has really inproved my quality of life! The only side effects I've noticed is my throat is a little hoarse. I'm happy!"
"This has been a horror to myself and my family. It makes me feel sick all the time and has caused some serious bouts with pneumonia. I must get off of this. I absolutely can not handle this "medicine" any longer."
"before starting symbicort my lung function was 43%, 2 weeks into using symbicort my lung function went up to 74%, a true blessing. The only side affect I had was thrush. I found that eating keifers yogurt with probiotics did the trick, my throat is fine. Symbicort is amazing."
"I have been on Symbcort just over a week for COPD and I have not felt this well in a very long time. As soon as I took my first breath after first dose..I felt like I could "breathe " again. I have not had to use my albuterol inhaler at all. In fact, I have Peripheral neuropathy and I pray it's not my imagination that my feet even feel better. I hope I do not face side effects, my only concern is my BP but I am not checking for awhile to allow my body to adjust fully in fact if it does up my BP I don't care because I feel better"
"7 years ago..had a P E ..immediately diagnosed with COPD first med was SYMBICORT and then added SPIRIVA.... Still on SYMBICORT, but now combined with TUDORZA Amazing results in a month... SYMBICORT thins the skin and I bruise very easily...that would be my only issue..."
"ok I could not afford this medicine, so I signed up for free or reduced price on their site, I filled application out and doctor sent in info as well. 3 weeks turned into a month then a month was turning into 2 months. I had called them and ask what the problem was they said everything I sent in was fine, she said she was getting it in order to be reviewed and she would call me back next day, I said are you sure she said "yes I promise I'll call you back next day" . I never heard from them. She never called back, many time I spent up to 6 hrs just waiting on the phone to talk to some one. Next day same thing, over and over again I would call wait up to 5 to 6 hrs for some one to call back ,never got a return call, I believe they just want your info, cause I can't find any other reason ,"
"I unfortunately did not have the same experience as the rest, day 1 was great i thought finally I can breath without struggling, day 2 was using my rescue inhaler. So upset, so tired of trying to find something to work."
"Was put on this one while in the hospital with exacerbation. It did not work at all and my regular drug of Advair was not supplied from the hospital pharmacy. I had to get special permission to bring in my advair for administration from the nurses by the hospital. Ineffective and my breathing was improved once I got my regular med back."
"I asked my pulmonary doctor if I could try Symbicort. She have me a 2 week sample and almost immedately I started wheezing and I saw no improvement and went back to my previous medication."
"The dosage of 160/4.5 makes me very, very nervous."
"Good for breathing. Twice daily. 300mcg. Only side effect is the occasional muscular cramps."
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"I have been using Symbicort for 8 months now. It has been a life changer for me. I was using my rescue inhaler at least 4 times a day previous to being put on Symbicort. I have only had to use it twice since starting on it. The only side effect I have had is that past few months I have been woken up every night by very bad cramps in my feet and my calves. "