Ive been taking symbicort for about 7 months now. From my perspective its worked wonders as its replaced many inhalers including salbutamol which ive taken for most of my life and the need to take prednisolone tablets for exacerbations, at least for now anyway. I read an article from an american author which stated that symbicort should only be used for short term asthma management and once back under control the patient should be put back onto other inhalers, i assume like i used to take. Just wondered if anybody had any background to this. As far as im concerned it works for me and if it aint broke dont fix it - not yet anyway. Also assume gp surgery would mention this at annual review if there was any concern. More of a curious question than a concern.