Compare Symbicort vs. Foradil

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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
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.

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.
  • 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.
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.
  • Depending on your insurance, Foradil (formoterol) can be more expensive than medicines delivered through an inhaler.
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Used for
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
Price
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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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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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7possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Common cold symptoms
    3%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Trouble sleeping
    2%
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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
  • 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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