Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Intal (Cromolyn) is a good option to relieve nasal allergy symptoms when antihistamines aren't working. Good choice for pregnant women.
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.
How it works
Intal (Cromolyn) is a mast-cell stabilizer nasal spray that prevents and treats seasonal allergies.
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.
Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) may increase blood pressure and heart rate, especially if you already have these conditions. These symptoms are related to one of the medications in this product so don't change or increase your dose without talking to your doctor first. Tell your doctor if you develop dizziness, tremor, nausea, rapid heartbeat, become very tired or have difficulty sleeping while taking Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol), you may need to change or stop this medication.
No specific weight-related info.
No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
Treats nasal allergy symptoms.
Most people don't have many side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
It's a good option for pregnant women. Can also be used for kids 2 years and older.
Doesn't make you drowsy or dizzy.
No prescription is needed.
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
Needs to be used regularly for at least a week to see any good effects.
Can have an unpleasant smell or taste.
Can cause headaches, or burning and stinging in your nose.
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
Works best when used one week before exposure to allergens. It takes about 1 to 2 weeks until you feel the full effects.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray. Don't use more than recommended.
Shake the spray gently and clear your nose before each use.
Before using it for the first time, prime the spray pump until you see a fine mist.
Breathe in slowly as you're spraying. Wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
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.