Compare Asmanex vs. Pulmicort Flexhaler

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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 asthma.

Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) is good for controlling and preventing asthma symptoms, but it's not a rescue inhaler and must be taken daily.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid, which is the most effective class of medicines to manage asthma when taken daily. People can notice an improvement in asthma control within 24 hours of starting treatment.
  • Taking Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) into the lungs has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Safe for use by children 6 years and older.
  • Doesn't need to be primed again after the first prime, even if you haven't used it for a long time.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Can take 1 to 2 weeks or more for full benefit on asthma symptoms.
  • Can cause fungal infections of the mouth and throat, especially if you don't rinse your mouth after use.
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  • Inhaler
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
69 reviews so far
54%
saidit'sworth it
41%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Fever
    7%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Seasonal allergies
    4%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%
  • Bruising
    2%
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7possible side effects
  • Common cold symptoms
    9%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    2%
  • Viral infection of airways, nose, and throat
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Viral stomach flu
    2%
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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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  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Milk protein allergy
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not current with vaccinations
    • Taking other steroid medicines
    • Current infection without treatment
  • Adrenal gland problems
    • Switching from steroid pills to steroid inhalers
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
    • Stopping steroid medicines too quickly
  • Bone loss
    • History of osteoporosis
    • Taking other medicines that cause bone loss
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
  • Slower growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High doses of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
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