Compare Advair vs. Symbicort

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Prevents breathing problems.

Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol) combines two medicines into one inhaler, but it might be expensive.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 799 reviewsforAdvair
Helps with long-term asthma and COPD symptoms.

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) is a combination of two medicines that works well for people with worsening asthma or COPD.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 394 reviewsforSymbicort
Upsides
  • 2-in-1 medicine is more effective together than alone.
  • The diskus is used to treat both COPD and asthma.
  • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) every day works well to treat asthma and COPD.
  • Combines two medicines in one inhaler.
  • Can be used long-term and causes fewer side effects than other oral treatments that are sometimes used to treat asthma.
Downsides
  • Take it daily and consistently for the best results. It is not for on-demand treatment of wheezing or asthma attacks.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after each inhalation to avoid fungal infections of the mouth.
  • Can cause infections in your mouth and throat, so you need to rinse your mouth with water after using it each time.
  • Since both medicines in Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can cause side effects, you may get headaches and infections while using it.
  • People with COPD need to use the higher dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol).
  • This drug can't be used as a rescue inhaler if you get an asthma attack. It can only be used for the daily management of asthma and COPD.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
Price
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Reviews
799 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
11%
saidit'sa big hassle

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394 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
14%
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Side effects
15possible side effects
  • Lung infection
    27%
  • Sore throat
    13%
  • Headaches
    12%
  • Lung inflammation
    7%
  • Hoarseness
    5%
  • Sinus inflammation
    4%
  • Colds and flu
    4%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    4%
  • Stomach upset
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Muscle and joint pain
    4%
  • Stomach flu
    3%
  • Fungal infections
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Bronchitis
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    11%
  • Chest or sinus infection
    11%
  • Cold symptoms
    10%
  • Sore throat
    9%
  • Stomach discomfort
    7%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Mouth infection
    3%
  • Flu symptoms
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • Asthma
    • Children under 18
  • Increased risk of infections
    • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema
    • Age greater than 65 years
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Higher dose of the corticosteroid medication contained in Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol)
  • Asthma attack
  • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart failure
    • Heart beat problems
    • Taking more Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol) than recommended
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Milk allergy
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  • Asthma-related death
    • Children and adolescents
    • Age 65 or older
    • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) more often than prescribed
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Mouth and throat infection
  • Worsening of asthma flare-up
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not up-to-date on vaccinations
    • Taking other corticosteroids
    • Current infection that's not being treated
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
    • Long-term use of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
  • Heart effects
    • History of heart disease
    • High blood pressure
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