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Medically reviewed by: Samuel Maaiah, PharmD

Last updated on August 19, 2021

Dr. Maaiah is a PharmD graduate who has practiced both in pharmaceutical consulting and retail pharmacy. His interests include consulting and the development and approval of new therapeutics. He currently works as a Medical Information Consultant (MIC) and as a retail pharmacist. As a MIC he helps pharmaceutical companies with projects and by consulting as a medical information expert.

When Dr. Maaiah is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, doing outdoor activities, working out, and reading.

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How to buy Symbicort Inhaler(Budesonide/Formoterol) online?

Symbicort can be ordered by calling 1-800-828-4489 and speaking to customer support or online through The chat feature can also be used for support. For more information please visit the “How to Order” page on

Is a prescription required?

Yes, Symbicort is a prescription medication and can only be sold with a prescription.  To process your order, you will need to submit a prescription. A valid prescription from your doctor is required. The prescription can be uploaded, emailed ([email protected]), or faxed (1-800-416-8019). Alternatively, we can reach out to your doctor to attain a valid prescription if you would like.

What is the maximum amount that can be ordered?

A 3-month supply (90-days) is the maximum amount that can be ordered at one time. The amount that can be ordered will be based on the directions and quantity indicated on the prescription from your provider. Refills are kept on file for future orders.

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Average US Retail Price 90-Day Meds Price
Symbicort 160mcg/4.5mcg
Brand - (1 Inhaler)
$485.00 $94.00
$324.12 $60

How much does Symbicort Inhaler (Budesonide/Formoterol) cost?

At, we make sure to keep drug prices low.

You can view Symbicort cost savings above with the price comparison between the average U.S. retail price and 90-Day Meds price.

What is the lowest price of Symbicort Inhaler per unit?

Lowest Price Per Unit: $0.27/unit for generic Symbicort 160 mcg/4.5 mcg Inhalers (Budesonide/Formoterol)

Symbicort inhaler price is made affordable with our online pharmacy service.

Is this price for Symbicort Inhaler without insurance?

The prices above are Symbicort cost without insurance. Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance. However, an official receipt can be used to apply for reimbursement with your insurer. We are unable to adjudicate with US insurance providers.

Why is Symbicort Inhaler cheaper from Canada than from the United States?

Drug prices in Canada and from other countries we source medication from are negotiated and regulated. The US is a free market economy which is why the price differs because pharmaceutical suppliers can charge what they deem appropriate for the product. As a result, we can offer lower prices to our patients as we utilize medications from these countries.


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Is there a coupon for Symbicort available?

Yes, we do you have a Symbicort coupon for an extra discount on your prescription. You can save $15 off your order with coupon code SYMBICORT15. Apply coupon at checkout for instant savings and pay less for your prescription with a minimum $100 order.


Is there a lower cost generic Symbicort Inhaler available?

Symbicort Inhaler is available as a generic alternative

How much cheaper is generic Symbicort Inhaler?

Generic Symbicort Inhalers are $50 cheaper than brand Symbicort inhalers.  Generic drugs are typically 40-60% cheaper than their brand alternative.

What is the difference between brand and generic Symbicort Inhaler?

There is no difference between generic and brand Symbicort Inhaler. Generic formulations of medications contain the same active ingredients and meet the same quality, strength, and purity standards as the brand formulation. 


Is shipping available to the United States?

Yes. An email notification will be sent to you once the item has been shipped. We ship nationwide across the United States.

How much does shipping cost?

Standard shipping is free.

Is express shipping available?

If a product of Canada is available then express shipping can be selected with an estimated delivery time of 3-5 business days. You have the option at the checkout page to select the express shipping option ($25) if available for that medication source.

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How to refill a prescription?

Refilling your prescription is made easy with 90-Day Meds. You can sign into your online account and view your previous orders and see which prescriptions we have on file. Placing a refill order online is made simple by accessing the reorder section in your account. You can also call us and speak to customer support to place a refill. Our live chat is also a great place to connect with us to place a refill order while you are on the go.

Are prescriptions automatically refilled?

We do not automatically refill prescriptions as there can be cases where you are no longer taking the medication, your doctor has changed your dose, etc. However, we provide a friendly refill reminder service. We will kindly notify you by phone or email as to the best time to place a refill order based on your prescription history.

Drug Information


What is Symbicort Inhaler?

Symbicort is a prescription medication that is classified as a combination of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and long-acting beta-agonist (LABA).


What is Symbicort used for?

It is used to treat asthma and COPD.

How does it work?

Budesonide has an anti-inflammatory action while the formoterol increases cyclic AMP levels causing bronchial smooth muscle relaxation.


How do I take Symbicort?

To use Symbicort you can refer to the package instructions, here is an abbreviated version:

  1. Before utilizing your inhaler, shake the inhale for 5 seconds before each use. 
  2. The first time using your inhaler after removing it from the packaging, the inhaler requires priming. Hold the inhaler facing away from you with the mouthpiece cover removed and depress the actuator on the top of the inhaler. Shake again for 5 seconds and release a second spray. Your inhaler is now primed. 
  3. To use your inhaler ensure the mouthpiece cover is removed and it has been shaken for 5 seconds. 
  4. Exhale completely, then place the white mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips around it. While inhaling deepl;y and slowly through your mouth depress the actuator on top of the inhaler. Hold your breath for as long as is comfortable (10 seconds). While doing so, release the actuator and remove it from your mouth before exhaling. 
  5. For the second dose repeat steps 3 and 4. 
  6. Rinse your mouth with water after the 2nd dose and spit out water. Do not swallow.

What dosages are available?

Symbicort comes in brand and generic 80mcg /4.5mcg and 160mcg/ 4.5mcg formulations as well as a 400mcg/6mcg generic formulation.

What is the recommended dosage?

Use Symbicort as directed by your doctor, generally, symbicort is dosed 2 inhalations twice daily.

What is the maximum dosage?

The maximum recommended dosage is 2 inhalations twice daily.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take your next dose at the same time you normally would, do not take any extra doses. 


What should you know before you take Symbicort Inhaler ?

Symbicort is not FDA approved for use in acute asthma attacks, utilize your appropriate inhaler for asthma attacks as directed by your physician.

There is a risk of Candida albicans infection of the mouth and throat while using symbicort. This risk can be mitigated by rinsing your mouth with water without swallowing after each use. 

There is a potential for increased risk of pneumonia in patients with COPD, contact the appropriate healthcare provider if you begin to have symptoms of pneumonia (increased shortness of breath, fever, cough (w or w/o sputum) etc.)

There is a potential for patients receiving corticosteroids to have a reduced immunity. This correlation, however, is not sufficiently supported in patients receiving inhaled corticosteroids. The reported immunosuppressive effects of symbicort will largely be topically related in the airway where the medication acts. 

If you are switching from an oral corticosteroid to Symbicort make sure you are aware of how to do so properly. Your doctor will give you specific instructions in how to do so minimizing your risk of complications. 

Paradoxical Bronchospasms (worsening breathing with symbicort administration) have been reported. If you experience this type of reaction treat it immediately with your provided Short acting (emergency) inhaler. Notify your doctor of this reaction and discontinue use of Symbicort. 

Symbicort has the potential to cause hypersensitivity reactions (allergic). If you have symptoms of hives, swelling of your tongue, rash, or bronchospasms associated with medication administration, notify your physician and discontinue use of symbicort. 

Patients with established cardiovascular disease should exercise caution while using Symbicort. If you notice significant changes in your heart rate, blood pressure or other symptoms while using Symbicort, notify your physician to evaluate these changes. 

Patients on Symbicort for long-term therapy can be at risk for decreased bone mineral density. Patients with established risk factors for bone density issues should make sure they get regular bone density checks with their doctor while taking Symbicort. 

There is an increased risk for slowed growth in children, children should have their growth checked regularly by a primary care physician while using symbicort. 

Increased incidence of glaucoma or cataracts have been reported with using symbicort. Notify your physician if you have had significant vision changes while on symbicort. Patients on Symbicort should have routine eye exams. 

Side Effects

What are the side effects of Symbicort Inhaler?

Some common (≥3% incidence) side effects include:

  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Headache
  • Upper respiratory tract infection 
  • Pain/discomfort in the pharynx/larynx 
  • Sinusitis 
  • Influenza
  • Back Pain 
  • Nasal congestion 
  • Stomach discomfort
  • vomiting 
  • Oral Candidiasis
  • Bronchitis 

Speak to your doctor for a full list of side effects.


Does this medication interact with other drugs, foods, or alcohol?

Given that Symbicort is primarily metabolized through CYP3A4 enzymes, caution should be exercised in patients who also take CYP3A4 inhibitors as this can increase the effects of Symbicort. Talk to your doctor if any changes are made to your list of medications. 

Talk to your doctor if you are utilizing a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor or Tricyclic Antidepressant. 

Patients on Beta-blocker therapy should have a conversation with their doctor as these medications can block the effect of the LABA component of Symbicort. 


How should this medication be stored?

Store Symbicort with the mouthpiece cover on at room temperature away from exposed flame or risk of puncture. 

Pharmacist Tips

  • Ensure your inhaler is straight up and down while using as it being pointed at an angle can prevent all the medication from getting into your lungs. 
  • There is a dose counter on the inhaler to help you keep track of how many doses are left 
  • If you have not used your Symbicort inhaler in over 7 days it will need to be re-primed. 


How long can you be on Symbicort?

Symbicort is intended to be used as a long-term therapy to control the symptoms of asthma and COPD. You should not discontinue Symbicort unless otherwise directed by your doctor as this can put you at an increased risk for asthma attacks/exacerbations.

Is it ok to take Symbicort once a day?

Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, Symbicort should generally be used with 2 inhalations twice daily. It was not studied as a once daily medication. 

Why do I have to rinse my mouth after using my inhaler?

Rinsing your mouth after each use of your inhaler is due to the Inhaled corticosteroid component of Symbicort, Budesonide. If you do not rinse your mouth after using the inhaler it can put you at risk for developing oral candidiasis, a fungal infection in your mouth and throat. 

Are there steroids in Symbicort?

Yes, a component of Symbicort, budesonide, is what is classified as a corticosteroid. This agent acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in your lungs. 

Can Symbicort cause heart problems?

Symbicort contains an agent called Formoterol. During clinical trials they did find that some patients experienced increases in blood pressure and heart rate. These reactions reported were relatively uncommon. Caution should be exercised in patients with established heart conditions as they may be at increased risk for complications. 


This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs before taking any medication.