What is Budesonide-Formoterol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Symbicort Budetrol Forocort 200-Inhaler Show all

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Budesonide and formoterol combined are a long-acting inhaled corticosteroid that is used to treat asthma where combination therapy is indicated and for airflow obstruction associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 73 31
Asthma 46 12
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 13 6
Breathing difficulty 10 7
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 7 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 7
Moderate 13
Mild 22
None 71

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Budesonide-Formoterol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 4
Thrush 4
Jittery feeling 3
Increased appetite 2
Acne breakout 1
Bad taste in mouth 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Budesonide-Formoterol

Dosage Patients Percentage
2 x 160-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 11
160-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 7
2 x 160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh twice daily 4
2 x 160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh daily 3
2 x 80-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 3
80 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh daily 2
160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh daily 2
80-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 2
2 other twice daily 1
4 daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Budesonide-Formoterol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 17
Doctor's advice 16
Other 12
Course of treatment ended 6
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
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Duration

Currently taking Budesonide-Formoterol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Budesonide-Formoterol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 64
Usually 34
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 72
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 19
< $25 33
Not specified 49

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Budesonide-Formoterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 21
Beclomethasone inhaler (Qvar) 6
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 5
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 5
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 4

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Patients stopped taking Budesonide-Formoterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Fluticasone furoate-Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) 7
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 6
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 5
Beclomethasone inhaler (Qvar) 2
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 2

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9 patient evaluations for Budesonide-Formoterol

Jan 6, 2019 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 160-4.5 mcg/puff Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Forget to take morning dose sometimes because my breathing is usually pretty good in morning.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 160-4.5 mcg/puff Twice daily

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Sep 4, 2018 (Started Nov 29, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 160-4.5 mcg/puff Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dec 15, 2013 (Started May 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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