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 68 30
Asthma 36 12
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 11 5
Breathing difficulty 9 3
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
Severe
6
Moderate
8
Mild
21
None
68

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Budesonide-Formoterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 3
Racing heart feeling 3
Headaches 2
Oral thrush (candidiasis) 2
Thrush 2
Acne breakout 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Budesonide-Formoterol

Dosage Patients
2 x 160-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 19
160-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 8
160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh twice daily 6
2 x 160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh twice daily 6
160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh daily 4
80 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh twice daily 4
2 x 160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh daily 4
2 x 80-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 4
80 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh daily 3
80-4.5 mcg/puff twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Budesonide-Formoterol

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 12
Did not seem to work 9
Other 8
Course of treatment ended 6
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
See all 47 patients who've stopped taking Budesonide-Formoterol

Duration

Currently taking Budesonide-Formoterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Budesonide-Formoterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 58
Usually 29
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 69
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 17
< $25 28
Not specified 47

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Budesonide-Formoterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 16
Beclomethasone inhaler (Qvar) 6
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 4
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 3
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Budesonide-Formoterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone furoate-Vilanterol (Breo Ellipta) 5
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 5
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 3
Beclomethasone inhaler (Qvar) 2
Abatacept (Orencia) 1

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7 patient evaluations for Budesonide-Formoterol

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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Mar 29, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry throat)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 80 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 1, 2012 (Started Apr 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

May 3, 2010 (Started Apr 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 160 mcg-4.5 mcg/inh Daily
Advice & Tips: This one always makes me gain weight.
Side effects: weight gain

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