Compare Asmanex vs. Symbicort

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

Prevents breathing problems.

Asmanex (Mometasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 69 reviewsforAsmanex
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
  • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
  • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
  • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
  • Some people who take this medicine are able to stop other asthma medications or use their fast-acting (rescue) inhalers less often.
  • 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
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
  • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
  • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
69 reviews so far
54%
saidit'sworth it
41%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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394 reviews so far
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Side effects
13possible side effects
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    3%
  • Pain
    3%
  • Gastroenteritis
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Anorexia
    3%
  • Earache
    3%
  • Infection
    3%
  • Dysphonia
    3%
  • Epistaxis
    3%
  • Nasal irritation
    3%
  • Respiratory disorder
    3%
  • Throat dry
    3%
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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
  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)
    • Lowering dose or stopping Asmanex (Mometasone) too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection
    • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
    • Long-term treatment with Asmanex (Mometasone)
    • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
  • Difficulty breathing (bronchospasm)
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Dose of Asmanex (Mometasone)
    • Duration of treatment
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Asmanex (Mometasone)
  • Eye problems
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
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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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