Compare Asmanex vs. Foradil

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Asmanex (mometasone)

Prescription only

Foradil (formoterol)

Prescription only
Controls asthma symptoms over time.

Asmanex (mometasone) is good for controlling and preventing asthma symptoms, but you have to take it daily for effective treatment.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 69 reviewsforAsmanex
Controls chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Foradil (formoterol) is good for controlling and preventing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms, but it's not a rescue inhaler and requires a jet nebulizer machine.

  • Can use Asmanex (mometasone) in children age 4 or older.
  • Has very few interactions with other medications.
  • Helps fight inflammation of the lungs and keep asthma symptoms under control.
  • Asmanex (mometasone) is an inhaler so it allows for more direct delivery of medicine to the lungs compared to a pill.
  • Most people are prescribed to use Asmanex (mometasone) only once a day.
  • Foradil (formoterol) works well to control chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and can start working in as few as 5 minutes.
  • Taking Foradil (formoterol) into the lungs has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Using a jet nebulizer is easier to use than a handheld inhaler, especially for children.
  • Not available in generic form and can be expensive.
  • Maximum effects of Asmanex (mometasone) can take 1 to 2 weeks or longer to reach.
  • Might not be a good option for those with a severe milk protein allergy.
  • Asmanex (mometasone) can cause fungal infections of the mouth and throat, especially if you don't rinse your mouth after using it.
  • Not recommended for people who have a weakened immune system or an untreated, active infection.
  • Depending on your insurance, Foradil (formoterol) can be more expensive than medicines delivered through an inhaler.
Used for
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Vomiting
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bruising
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7possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Common cold symptoms
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble sleeping
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Risks and risk factors
  • Adrenal gland problems
    • Switching from steroid pills to steroid inhalers
    • Long-term use of steroids
    • Stopping steroids too quickly
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Milk protein allergy
  • Increased risk for infections
    • Current infection without treatment
    • Not current with vaccinations
    • Taking other corticosteroids with Asmanex (mometasone)
  • Sudden breathing problems
  • Delayed growth children
    • Children
    • Higher doses of Asmanex (mometasone)
    • Long-term use
  • Fungal infection of the mouth and throat
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Asmanex (mometasone)
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  • Asthma-related death
  • Worsening signs of COPD
  • Heart effects
    • History of heart disease
    • Abnormal heart rhythm
    • High blood pressure
    • Using Foradil (formoterol) more than prescribed
  • Sudden-onset breathing problems
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