Compare Cromolyn vs. Symbicort

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

Intal (Cromolyn)

Prescription or OTC
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.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 394 reviewsforSymbicort
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
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394 
58%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Intal (Cromolyn) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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%
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Risks and warnings
No information currently available
  • 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

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