Compare Symbicort vs. Dulera

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

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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
Long-term control of asthma.

Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) is good for people who have moderate to severe asthma and need more than 1 inhaled medication to manage their condition. However, it is relatively more expensive than similar alternatives.

4.3/ 5 average rating with 38 reviewsforDulera
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) combines two medicines into 1 inhaler, which makes it easier to use.
  • You can use Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) safely for a long period of time.
  • Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) is an inhaler and delivers medicine directly into your lungs so it gives you fewer side effects than oral medications.
  • You can use Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) with a spacer if you have trouble getting the full dose of the medicine into your lungs.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) can cause a fungal infection called thrush in the mouth and throat, especially in people with a weaker immune system.
  • Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) is not available as a generic so may be expensive.
  • Combining two medications can have more side effects.
  • For full effects of Dulera (mometasone / formoterol), you must use it twice a day.
  • Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) is only for people 12 years or older, compared to some alternative combination inhalers which can be given to people over 6 years old.
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Reviews
394 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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38 reviews so far
84%
saidit'sworth it
79%
saiditworked well
8%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
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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4possible side effects
  • Common cold symptoms
    5%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Hoarse voice
    5%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Asthma-related death
    • Children and adolescents
    • Age 65 or older
    • Using Dulera (mometasone / formoterol) more that prescribed
  • Sudden breathing problems
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Dulera (mometasone / formoterol)
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not current withh vaccinations
    • Taking other corticosteroids
    • Current infection without treatment
  • Bone loss
    • History of osteoporosis
    • Taking other medications that cause bone loss
    • Taking steroid long-term
  • Vision changes
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
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