Compare Pulmicort vs. Asmanex

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Pulmicort (budesonide)

Prescription only

Asmanex (mometasone)

Prescription only
Controls asthma.

Pulmicort (budesonide) is good for controlling and preventing asthma symptoms in children, but it's not a rescue inhaler and requires a jet nebulizer machine.

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
Upsides
  • Pulmicort (budesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid, which is the most effective class of medicines to manage children's asthma when taken daily.
  • Taking Pulmicort (budesonide) 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Can take up to 2 to 8 days for better control of asthma symptoms and up to 4 to 6 weeks for maximum effects.
  • Can cause fungal infections of the mouth and throat, especially if the child doesn't rinse his or her mouth after use.
  • Only to be used by children ages 12 months to 8 years.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
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69 reviews so far
54%
saidit'sworth it
41%
saiditworked well
19%
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    11%
  • Ear infection
    11%
  • Coughing
    9%
  • Viral infection
    5%
  • Stomach flu
    5%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Nosebleed
    4%
  • Pink eye
    4%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Yeast infection
    3%
  • Stomach pain
    2%
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6possible side effects
  • Fever
    7%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
  • Seasonal allergies
    4%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%
  • Bruising
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Effects on eyes
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort (budesonide)
    • History of glaucoma
    • History of high eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
  • Sudden-onset breathing problems
  • 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
    • Taking other medicines that cause bone loss
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
  • Slower growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High doses of Pulmicort (budesonide)
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort (budesonide)
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  • 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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