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Corticosteroid asthma medicine symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair diskus; which is better?
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Both are good
It's a matter of personal response to the medications.
Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an aerosol and the coordination required to inhale it is a little harder than the diskus. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains formoterol as the long-acting bronchodilator, and that works faster than the salmeterol in advair. Both come in different strengths as well. Try both and consider what each costs on your plan and the side effects you have.

In brief: Both are good
It's a matter of personal response to the medications.
Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an aerosol and the coordination required to inhale it is a little harder than the diskus. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains formoterol as the long-acting bronchodilator, and that works faster than the salmeterol in advair. Both come in different strengths as well. Try both and consider what each costs on your plan and the side effects you have.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Dr. Michael Sanders
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: See below
In my experience they are the same.
It just comes down to patient preference.

In brief: See below
In my experience they are the same.
It just comes down to patient preference.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Dr. Michael Sanders
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
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Dr. Bryan Levey
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