Compare Asmanex vs. Symbicort

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

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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
Helps with long-term asthma and COPD symptoms.

Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) is a combination of two medicines that works well for people with worsening asthma or COPD.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 394 reviewsforSymbicort
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.
  • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) every day works well to treat asthma and COPD.
  • Combines two medicines in one inhaler.
  • Can be used long-term and causes fewer side effects than other oral treatments that are sometimes used to treat asthma.
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 cause infections in your mouth and throat, so you need to rinse your mouth with water after using it each time.
  • Since both medicines in Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) can cause side effects, you may get headaches and infections while using it.
  • People with COPD need to use the higher dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol).
  • This drug can't be used as a rescue inhaler if you get an asthma attack. It can only be used for the daily management of asthma and COPD.
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  • 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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394 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
14%
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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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    11%
  • Chest or sinus infection
    11%
  • Cold symptoms
    10%
  • Sore throat
    9%
  • Stomach discomfort
    7%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Mouth infection
    3%
  • Flu symptoms
    2%
  • Back pain
    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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  • Asthma-related death
    • Children and adolescents
    • Age 65 or older
    • Using Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol) more often than prescribed
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Mouth and throat infection
  • Worsening of asthma flare-up
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not up-to-date on vaccinations
    • Taking other corticosteroids
    • Current infection that's not being treated
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High dose of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
    • Long-term use of Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
  • Heart effects
    • History of heart disease
    • High blood pressure
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