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SYMBICORTisaregisteredtrademarkoftheAstraZenecagroupofcompanies.©2012AstraZenecaLP.Allrightsreserved.19836028/12 For more information, call 1-866 -SYMBICORT or go to MySymbicort.com If you’re without prescription coverage and can’t afford your medication, AstraZeneca may be able to help. For more information, please visit www.astrazeneca-us.com Important Safety Information About SYMBICORT for Asthma SYMBICORT contains formoterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). LABA medicines such as formoterol increase the risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether budesonide, the other medicine in SYMBICORT, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with formoterol. SYMBICORT should be used only if your health care provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a long-term asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid, or that your asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT. If you are taking SYMBICORT, see your health care provider if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. It is important that your health care provider assess your asthma control on a regular basis. Your doctor will decide if it is possible for you to stop taking SYMBICORT and start taking a long-term asthma control medicine without loss of asthma control. Children and adolescents who take LABA medicines may have an increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems. SYMBICORT does not replace rescue inhalers for sudden asthma symptoms. Be sure to tell your health care provider about all your health conditions, including heart conditions or high blood pressure, and all medicines you may be taking. Some patients taking SYMBICORT may experience increased blood pressure, heart rate, or change in heart rhythm. Do not use SYMBICORT more often than prescribed. While taking SYMBICORT, never use another medicine containing a LABA for any reason. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are L ABA medicines, as using too much LABA may cause chest pain, increase in blood pressure, fast and irregular heartbeat, headache, tremor, and nervousness. Patients taking SYMBICORT should call their health care provider or get emergency medical care: • if you experience serious allergic reactions including rash, hives, swelling of the face, mouth and tongue, and breathing problems. • if you think you are exposed to infections such as chicken pox or measles, or if you have any signs of infection. You may have a higher chance of infection. • if you experience an increase in wheezing right after taking SYMBICORT, eye problems including glaucoma and cataracts, decreases in bone mineral density, swelling of blood vessels (signs include a feeling of pins and needles or numbness of arms or legs, flu like symptoms, rash, pain and swelling of the sinuses), decrease in blood potassium and increase in blood sugar levels. If you are switching to SYMBICORT from an oral corticosteroid, follow your health care provider’s instructions to avoid serious health risks when you stop using oral corticosteroids. Common side effects include nose and throat irritation, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, sore throat, sinusitis, stomach discomfort, flu, back pain, nasal congestion, vomiting, and thrush in the mouth and throat. Approved Uses for SYMBICORT for Asthma SYMBICORT is a medicine for the treatment of asthma for people 12 years and older whose doctor has determined that their asthma is not well controlled with a long term asthma control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid or whose asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT. SYMBICORT is not a treatment for sudden asthma symptoms. Please see Important Product Information on adjacent page and discuss with your doctor. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800 -FDA -1088. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SYMBICORT For patients 12 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled on a long-term asthma medicine or whose disease severity warrants IT’S MISUNDERSTOOD. ASTHMA DOESN’T COME AND GO. Inflammation, the root cause of asthma is always there, making your lungs more vulnerable to triggers. So, while it’s important to avoid triggers, it’s also important to treat this inflammation. SYMBICORT helps reduce the underlying inflammation. SYMBICORT helps keep airways open and improve lung function for better breathing all day and night.* SYMBICORT does not replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. Once your asthma is well controlled, your doctor will decide if you can stop taking SYMBICORT without loss of control and may prescribe a long-term asthma control medicine such as an inhaled corticosteroid. IFYOUTHINK ASTHMA ‘COM ESANDGOES’ THINK AGAIN. Ask your doctor about SYMBICORT. * When taken twice daily. FREE PRESCRIPTION OFFER† Call 1-800 -687-3755 or visit MySymbicort.com † Subject to eligibility rules. Restrictions apply.