Compare Asmanex vs. Symbicort

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

Asmanex
(Mometasone)

Symbicort
(Budesonide / Formoterol)

Prevents breathing problems. Asmanex (Mometasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.Prevents breathing problems. Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) is good for people who need two medicines to control their asthma or COPD, but it might be expensive since there's no generic available.
Reviews & ratings
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4.65Asmanex
Reviews for Asmanex
54%
of people (All ages) say Asmanex is worth it
41%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Symbicort
58%
-4% worse vs. Asmanex
40%
+1% better vs. Asmanex
14%
-5% worse vs. Asmanex
394 reviews
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Side effects
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  • Myalgia 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Dyspepsia 2%
  • Sinusitis 1%
  • Candidiasis, oral 4%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Musculoskeletal pain 3%
  • Dysmenorrhea 5%
  • Upper respiratory infection 3%
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  • Influenza 2%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Nasal congestion 2%
  • Pharyngolaryngeal pain 1%
  • Sinusitis 1%
  • Nasopharyngitis 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
  • Oral Candidiasis 2%
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How it works
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Asmanex (Mometasone) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) is a combination medicine. Budesonide (a corticosteroid) lowers lung inflammation to control asthma and COPD. Formoterol (a bronchodilator) relaxes muscles in your lungs to open airways and make breathing easier.
Type of medication
AsmanexSymbicort
Prescription onlyNo lower cost generic availablePrescription onlyNo lower cost generic available
Available as
AsmanexSymbicort
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
Used for
AsmanexSymbicort
Risk factors for serious side effects
AsmanexSymbicort
  • Lowering dose or stopping Asmanex (Mometasone) too quickly especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
  • Long-term treatment with Asmanex (Mometasone)
Detailed Asmanex (Mometasone) risks & warnings »
  • Adverse effect of long-acting beta agonist drugs (LABAs), one of the medications in Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol), a combination drug.
  • History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • Age greater than 65 years
  • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
Detailed Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Kidneys and liver
AsmanexSymbicort
  • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Asmanex (Mometasone) too quickly. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Asmanex (Mometasone).
  • Adrenal suppression can occur if you lower your dose or stop taking Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) too quickly which is related to one of the medications in the combination. Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extreme low energy and depression. Changes in your medication need to be done slowly and over time. Talk to your doctor before you decrease or stop Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol).
Weight
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  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
Upsides and benefits
AsmanexSymbicort
  • 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.
  • 2-in-1 medicine that lowers inflammation and opens airways in your lungs. Medicines are more effective together than alone.
  • Makes lung function significantly better.
  • Lowers the number of flare-ups and rescue inhaler uses in asthma and COPD.
  • In studies, shown to improve asthma symptoms, rescue inhaler use, and lung function on the first day.
Downsides and risks
AsmanexSymbicort
  • 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.
  • You have to use Symbicort twice a day, every day to control your symptoms.
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • Lower doses are not as effective for COPD.
  • Can make your heart race.
  • 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.
  • There have been some reports of worsening asthma leading to death when taking this medicine.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AsmanexSymbicort
  • Use it every day to control your asthma symptoms.
  • Starts working the same day, but it can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
  • Replace the cap on the inhaler after each use to protect it from moisture.
  • Hold your breath for 10 seconds after inhaling the medication.
  • Don't breathe out into the inhaler mouthpiece.
  • Tell your doctor if the medication stops working or if your symptoms get worse.
  • Contains lactose, so don't take if you have a milk protein allergy.
  • Lowers inflammation and opens airways to improve breathing.
  • Prevents breathing problems, but doesn't stop sudden cough or wheezing once they start.
  • Starts working in about 30 minutes, but can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel full effects.
  • Use inhaler in a level position, and don't breathe out into the device.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use.
  • Shake inhaler for 5 seconds before you use it.
  • Pump the inhaler 4 times before inhaling the first dose, or if it's been more than a month since your last dose.
  • Call 911 or your doctor if it's hard to breathe, or if you have an asthma attack while taking this medication.
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