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Spiriva vs Symbicort, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 30

This is personalized comparison of Spiriva vs Symbicort for a male aged 30. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Spiriva (latest outcomes from 50,457 users) has active ingredients of tiotropium bromide monohydrate. It is often used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Symbicort (latest outcomes from 21,422 users) has active ingredients of budesonide; formoterol fumarate dihydrate. It is often used in asthma.

On Jul, 26, 2014: 141 male patients aged 25 who take the same drugs are studied in Spiriva vs Symbicort

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Spiriva tiotropium bromide monohydrateBoehringer Ingelheim
Symbicort budesonide; formoterol fumarate dihydrateAstrazeneca

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 25 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Spiriva (Boehringer Ingelheim)Symbicort (Astrazeneca)
Drug IneffectiveDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
Loss Of ConsciousnessFatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Osteonecrosis (death of bone)Hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)Hypokalaemia (low potassium)
Headache (pain in head)Vomiting
Hypoaesthesia (reduced sense of touch or sensation)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Hypoventilation (too shallow or too slow breathing, which does not meet the needs of the body)Blood Phosphorus Decreased

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Spiriva (Boehringer Ingelheim)Symbicort (Astrazeneca)
Vitreous Floaters (spots before the eyes)

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

Alternative drugs:

Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Spiriva (tiotropium bromide monohydrate) is often used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Symbicort (budesonide; formoterol fumarate dihydrate) is often used to treat asthma. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

Recent related drug comparison:

NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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