4.7/ 7 average rating with 394 reviewsforSymbicort

Symbicort
Alternatives

(Budesonide / Formoterol)

Symbicort (Budesonide / Formoterol)

Prescription only

Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol)

Prescription only
1 of 7 alternatives
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.

Prevents breathing problems.

Advair (fluticasone / salmeterol) combines two medicines into one inhaler, but it might be expensive.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 2-in-1 medicine is more effective together than alone.
  • The diskus is used to treat both COPD and asthma.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Take it daily and consistently for the best results. It is not for on-demand treatment of wheezing or asthma attacks.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after each inhalation to avoid fungal infections of the mouth.
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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
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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799 
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think this treatment is worth it
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think this treatment works well
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think this treatment is a hassle

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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%
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10possible side effects
  • Lung infection
    27%
  • Sore throat
    13%
  • Headaches
    12%
  • Lung inflammation
    7%
  • Hoarseness
    5%
  • Sinus inflammation
    4%
  • Colds and flu
    4%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    4%
  • Stomach upset
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
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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

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  • Increased risk of death

    Asthma

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of infections

    History of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Mouth and throat infection

    Not rinsing mouth after use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart disease

    High blood pressure

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reaction

    Milk allergy

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