You may be relieving your asthma symptoms,
but is that enough?

Most asthma relievers treat the immediate symptoms of
asthma but don’t help reduce inflammation of the airways,
an underlying cause3 of those symptoms.

Symbicort Turbuhaler® does both.1

It can be used as an Anti-Inflammatory Reliever
and a Preventer, to both relieve and help prevent
asthma symptoms across any level of asthma.2,5

So when you relieve your asthma symptoms with the
Symbicort inhaler, you can also help to prevent asthma attacks.2

Where the use of inhaled corticosteroids is appropriate

Download our Quick Guide to Asthma and Symbicort

This visual snapshot is a guide to understanding asthma and how Symbicort can help. Use this with your doctor to discuss.

Asthma affects your airways in two ways.

Asthma is a common, long-term condition where the airways are very sensitive to anything that irritates them, making it harder to breathe.4

Airway Tightening
(Symptoms you feel)

The common symptoms of asthma (wheezing, breathlessness, coughing or a tight chest) are caused by the constricting of muscles around your airways.4

Swelling and Inflammation (Hidden cause)

If you have asthma, your airways become swollen or inflamed, which is an underlying cause of asthma symptoms. Even when you can’t feel your symptoms, the swelling and inflammation might still be there.4

Did you know, not treating the inflammation in your airways, an underlying cause of asthma symptoms, can lead to increased risk of serious asthma attacks? 4,5

It’s important for asthma patients to treat both the symptoms (airway tightening) and what causes them (the underlying inflammation).3

How do you go about treating both?

Asthma has commonly been treated with two types of inhaler.

SABA reliever inhalers are designed to provide immediate relief from the muscle-tightening symptoms of asthma by relaxing the muscles around the airways. Types of SABA reliever include Ventolin®, SalAir®, Respigen™ and Bricanyl®.4

Preventer inhalers are designed to reduce inflammation in the airways, an underlying cause of asthma symptoms, and help make airways less sensitive to asthma triggers.4

Often doctors prescribe both treatments to someone with asthma, but some patients with mild and occasional asthma symptoms just receive a short acting reliever (SABA).

SABA relievers only treat the symptoms of asthma. Just treating the symptoms of asthma, without treating the underlying inflammation in the airways, may increase the risk of serious asthma attacks and reduce lung function.5
If you use your reliever more than twice a week (or more than 3 reliever canisters a year), your asthma may not be well controlled and your treatment plan should be reviewed by your doctor.6

New 2020
NZ Adolescent
and Adult Asthma Guidelines

The Asthma + Respiratory Foundation NZ has released its 2020 Adolescent & Adult Asthma Guidelines, for the management of all levels of asthma.

According to these new guidelines, use of SABA alone is no longer recommended for long term asthma management.7

Speak to your doctor to find out more.


Symbicort Anti-Inflammatory Reliever +/- maintenance is a combination preventer and reliever that can treat all levels of asthma.

Where the use of inhaled corticosteroids is appropriate.

Symbicort is suitable for all levels of asthma.

Symbicort is both an Anti-Inflammatory Reliever and a Preventer in one.
This means Symbicort can relieve asthma symptoms now and help prevent asthma attacks.2


To treat immediate symptoms, Symbicort can be used as needed:

  • only when asthma symptoms are present - in mild asthma (200/6 only, in patients 12 years and older)
  • in addition to Symbicort daily maintenance therapy - in moderate to severe asthma (100/6, 200/6)
  • to provide fast relief of asthma symptoms
  • to help prevent asthma attacks by treating the underlying inflammation
  • to help prevent symptoms from happening (12 years and older)

To treat a hidden cause of those symptoms, Symbicort can also be used:

  • every day (maintenance therapy)
  • to reduce inflammation inside the airways
  • to make airways less sensitive to triggers
  • to help prevent asthma attacks

If you use Symbicort as your preventer, you will not need a separate reliever inhaler for the relief of symptoms, as Symbicort is a fast-acting anti-inflammatory reliever as well.2 No separate blue or white reliever inhaler is needed.

Download the AIR Asthma Action Plan for Symbicort use

The Anti-Inflammatory Reliever (AIR) Asthma Action Plan is a resource from the Asthma + Respiratory Foundation NZ that outlines use of a combined budesonide/formoterol inhaler, like Symbicort, for relief and prevention of symptoms.8

The all-in-one Symbicort*1 can help you
breathe easier1 now AND into the future.2

*asthma anti-inflammatory reliever and preventer in a single inhaler
†fast relief of asthma symptoms starting in 1-3 minutes
‡reduce the risk of asthma attacks, whilst taking Symbicort as prescribed by your doctor

Ready to learn more about Symbicort and the 2020 Asthma Guidelines? Ask your doctor today.

Symbicort® Prescription Medicine. For relief of and/or regular treatment of asthma. Symbicort® has risks and benefits. Budesonide/formoterol 100/6, 200/6.
For product information check with your doctor or Consumer Medicine Information on Click for further details. AstraZeneca (NZ) Ltd. Auckland.


Don’t miss our new quick guide
to asthma and Symbicort

Download this visual snapshot as a guide to understanding asthma and how Symbicort can help. Use this with your doctor to discuss.