Compare Dulera vs. Symbicort

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Dulera
(Mometasone / Formoterol)

Symbicort
(Budesonide / Formoterol)

Prevents breathing problems. Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) is a convenient medication that'll control your asthma long-term, but it won’t stop a sudden asthma attack.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.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol)
83%
of people say Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) is worth it
78%
say it works well
9%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol)
57%
26% vs. Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol)
39%
39% vs. Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol)
15%
6% vs. Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol)
Side effects
DuleraSymbicort
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Common cold 1%
  • Headache 1%
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  • Stomach discomfort 5%
  • Oral candidiasis 4%
  • Headache 4%
  • Throat pain 4%
  • Lung infection 3%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 3%
  • Common cold 2%
  • Flu 2%
  • Nasal congestion 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
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How it works
DuleraSymbicort
Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) is a combination asthma medicine. Mometasone (a corticosteroid) lowers lung inflammation and works to control your asthma and prevent asthma attacks. Formoterol (a long-acting bronchodilator) relaxes muscles in your lungs to open airways and prevent wheezing and shortness of breath.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
DuleraSymbicort
CorticosteroidBronchodilator
Long-acting bronchodilator
Beta-2 agonist
Prescription only
Anti-inflammatory
Corticosteroid
Bronchodilator
Long-acting bronchodilator
Prescription only
Available as
DuleraSymbicort
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
Used for (click to learn more)
DuleraSymbicort
Risk factors for serious side effects
DuleraSymbicort
  • Adverse effect of all long-acting beta agonist drugs (LABAs)
  • Lowering dose or stopping Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) too quickly, especially after long-term treatment
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery, or infection
  • Long-term inactivity
  • History or family history of osteoporosis (postmenopausal bone loss)
  • Long-term use of drugs that cause bone loss
  • History of heart rhythm problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Long-term treatment with Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol)
  • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
  • Age greater than 65 years
  • Dose of Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol)
  • Duration of treatment
  • History of high internal eye pressure
  • History of cataracts
  • History of glaucoma
Detailed Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) 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
  • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Not rinsing mouth after use
  • Higher dose of the corticosteroid medication contained in Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol)
  • Adverse effect of long-acting beta agonist drugs (LABAs) found in Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol), a combination medication.
  • History of arrhythmia, hypertension or heart failure
Detailed Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
DuleraSymbicort
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

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.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
  • Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) can 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 Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol).
  • 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.
Weight
No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
Upsides and benefits
DuleraSymbicort
  • It's a combination medicine that lowers inflammation and opens airways in your lungs.
  • Significantly improves lung function and lowers the number of flare-ups by 70%. Also reduces rescue inhaler use in asthma.
  • By inhaling this medication, it gets into your lungs quickly and doesn't affect the rest of your body as much, so if should have a lower risk of side effects.
  • Some people who take Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) are able to 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
DuleraSymbicort
  • You need to use Dulera (Mometasone / Formoterol) twice a day to control your symptoms.
  • It doesn’t stop a sudden asthma attack. You always need to have a rescue inhaler close by to treat sudden symptoms or breathing problems.
  • Steroids can suppress your immune system, so you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier while on this.
  • You may need to take a different medicine if your asthma doesn’t improve and you need your rescue inhaler more often, or if tests show that your lung function is reduced.
  • 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
DuleraSymbicort
  • Starts working right away, but it can take 1 to 2 weeks to feel the full effects.
  • Inhale two separate puffs in the morning and two separate puffs in the evening. It’s important to read the information that comes with your medicine so you use it the correctly.
  • Clean the mouthpiece with a dry cloth every 7 days and don’t wash it with water.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water after each use to lower your chance of getting a yeast infection (thrush) in the mouth and throat.
  • 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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