Inhalers just became inhaler.

Symbicort Turbuhaler® is approved and recommended as an Anti-Inflammatory Reliever and a Preventer, to both relieve and help prevent asthma symptoms across any level of asthma. 1,4

So, when you relieve your asthma symptoms with the Symbicort inhaler, you’ll also help to prevent asthma attacks in the future.1

Where the use of inhaled
corticosteroids is appropriate

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.2

Swelling and inflammation

If you have asthma, your airways become swollen or inflamed, which is the underlying cause of asthma. Even when you can’t feel your symptoms, the swelling and inflammation might still be there.2

Airway tightening

The common symptoms of asthma (wheezing, breathlessness, cough or a tight chest) are caused by the constricting of muscles around your airways.2

In most asthma patients, it's important to treat both
airway tightening and the underlying inflammation.3

Not treating the inflammation in your airways, the underlying cause of asthma, can lead to increased risk of serious asthma attacks.2,4

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 by relaxing the muscles around the airways. These are called SABAs (Short-acting beta-2-agonist) and include Ventolin®, SalAir®, Respigen™ and Bricanyl®.2

Preventer inhalers are designed to reduce the underlying inflammation that causes asthma symptoms and make the airways less sensitive to asthma triggers.2

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 alone only treat the symptoms of asthma. In most patients, only treating the symptoms of asthma, without treating the underlying inflammation in the airways, may increase the risk of serious asthma attacks and reduces lung function.4

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.5


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 and help prevent asthma attacks.


Symbicort can be used as needed:

  • only when asthma symptoms are present - in mild asthma
    (patients 12 years and older)
  • in addition to Symbicort daily maintenance therapy - in moderate to severe asthma
  • to provide fast relief of asthma symptoms
  • to help prevent asthma attacks by treating the underlying inflammation
  • to help prevent symptoms from happening (e.g. before exercise)
    (patients 12 years and older)

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 by treating the underlying inflammation.

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.1 No separate blue or white reliever inhaler is needed.

Ready to learn more about Symbicort?
Talk to your doctor today.

Ready to learn more about Symbicort? Talk to 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.