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In an acute asthma attack should I use advair or symbicort (budesonide and formoterol)? I have both thanks

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Dr. Stephen Camacho
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Rescue inhalers

Neither of those medications are rescue meds for asthma, they are for maintainence.

In brief: Rescue inhalers

Neither of those medications are rescue meds for asthma, they are for maintainence.
Dr. Stephen Camacho
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Dr. Robin Larabee
In an Attack, you should only use Albuterol (pro-air, ventolin, proventil) or levalbuterol (xopenex)
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Neither...

In an acute asthma episode, you need to use a "rescue inhaler" which is usually a short-acting b-agonist, like albuterol.
The inhalers you list are not to be used during an acute exacerbation as they do not work fast enough. If you were not prescribed a rescue inhaler, see your doctor again and ask that one be prescribed.

In brief: Neither...

In an acute asthma episode, you need to use a "rescue inhaler" which is usually a short-acting b-agonist, like albuterol.
The inhalers you list are not to be used during an acute exacerbation as they do not work fast enough. If you were not prescribed a rescue inhaler, see your doctor again and ask that one be prescribed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Gary Kohn
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Neither

Both advair and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) are in the same family of medications and are considered controller medications meaning you take them every day and with an exacerbation you add on albuterol and contact your physician as you may need oral steroids.
You should not use both symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and advair on the same day.

In brief: Neither

Both advair and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) are in the same family of medications and are considered controller medications meaning you take them every day and with an exacerbation you add on albuterol and contact your physician as you may need oral steroids.
You should not use both symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and advair on the same day.
Dr. Gary Kohn
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Advair and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) are both inhaled steroids for maintenance and long term uses.
You need to use your rescue inhalers like albuterol or ventolin or proair. If you are in the red zone , having trouble breathing, short of breath, chest tightness , labored breathing , need to go to er immediately!

In brief: No

Advair and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) are both inhaled steroids for maintenance and long term uses.
You need to use your rescue inhalers like albuterol or ventolin or proair. If you are in the red zone , having trouble breathing, short of breath, chest tightness , labored breathing , need to go to er immediately!
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Dr. Robert Ramirez
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Neither

So i agree with the previous answers.
But, if those were the only 2 you had during an attack, use symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). The long-acting beta-agonist (formoterol) can give you relief in about 5 minutes. In fact, in europe, it is commonly used as a rescue (but this is not fda approved in the us).

In brief: Neither

So i agree with the previous answers.
But, if those were the only 2 you had during an attack, use symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). The long-acting beta-agonist (formoterol) can give you relief in about 5 minutes. In fact, in europe, it is commonly used as a rescue (but this is not fda approved in the us).
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