Compare Symbicort vs. Singulair

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
Makes it easier to breathe.

Singulair (montelukast) has fewer side effects but doesn't work as well as some inhaled medications for asthma and allergies.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 557 reviewsforSingulair
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.
  • Although not a first-line treatment, Singulair (montelukast) can effectively help children and adults with their asthma and allergies.
  • You only need to take it once a day.
  • Available as chewable tablets or granules that you can mix with food.
  • Singulair (montelukast) has fewer side effects than inhaled medications.
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.
  • Even as a generic, Singulair (montelukast) is still expensive.
  • May not be a good choice if you have a history of mental conditions.
  • Singulair (montelukast) can't be used as a rescue inhaler if you get an asthma attack.
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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Granule
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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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557 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
47%
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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13possible side effects
  • Headache
    18%
  • Flu
    4%
  • Stomach pain
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Lack of energy
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • Upset stomach
    2%
  • Dental pain
    2%
  • Stomach infection
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Stuffy nose
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
  • Abnormal liver function tests
    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 attacks
    • Exercise-induced asthma
    • Other environmental triggers
  • Aggression and agitation
  • Blood disorder
    • Recent treatment with corticosteroid medicine
    • Lowering dose of corticosteroid medicine
  • Phenylketonuria
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
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