Compare Combivent vs. Symbicort

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

Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol)

Prescription only
Makes it easier to breathe.

Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) is good for people who need 2 medicines to relieve their COPD symptoms, but you need to be okay with taking it four times a day.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 142 reviewsforCombivent
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.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 394 reviewsforSymbicort
Upsides
  • 2-in-1 medicine that opens airways and makes it easier to breathe. Medicines are more effective together than alone.
  • Effectively relieves COPD and asthma symptoms.
  • Respimat formulation has a clear display for dosing, doesn't require shaking, and only needs one inhalation per dose.
  • 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
  • You have to use Combivent four times a day.
  • Can make your heart race.
  • Can make symptoms of enlarged prostate or urinary blockage worse.
  • Can worsen a certain type of glaucoma.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
Price
Lowest price near you
$32.47
Find instant savings
Lowest price near you
$324.13
Find instant savings
Want to save even more money?
Sign up now for a 30-day trial and save up to 95% at Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, and other pharmacies.
Reviews
142 
63%
think this treatment is worth it
37%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

Have you used Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol)?

Leave a review
394 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

Have you used Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol)?

Leave a review
Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Bronchitis
    12%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    11%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Dyspnea
    5%
  • Coughing
    4%
  • Pain
    3%
  • Respiratory Disorders
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Pharyngitis
    2%
  • Sinusitis
    2%
See more detailed side effects
8possible side effects
  • Nasopharyngitis
    11%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    8%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Pharyngolaryngeal pain
    6%
  • Sinusitis
    6%
  • Influenza
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Nasal congestion
    3%
See more detailed side effects
Risks and warnings
  • Heart disease

    History of rapid heartbeat

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Worsening glaucoma

    History of narrow-angle glaucoma

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Eye problems

    Spraying Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) into eyes

  • Difficulty urinating

    History of urinary bladder blockage (urinary obstruction)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reaction

    History of atropine allergic reaction

  • Low potassium

    Taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) with drugs that decrease potassium

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Food allergies

    Taking Combivent (Ipratropium / Albuterol) aerosol inhaler

    ...and 2 more risk factors

See more detailed risks and warnings
  • Asthma-related death

    Adverse effect of long-acting beta agonist drugs (LABAs), one of the medications in Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol), a combination drug.

  • Pneumonia

    History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)

    Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Mouth and throat infection

    Not rinsing mouth after use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Difficulty breathing (bronchospasm)

    Adverse effect of long-acting beta agonist drugs (LABAs) found in Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol), a combination medication.

  • Heart disease

    History of arrhythmia, hypertension or heart failure

See more detailed risks and warnings