Perforomist vs. Symbicort: side effect and effectiveness comparison - a phase IV clinical study


We compare the side effects and drug effectiveness of Perforomist and Symbicort. The phase IV clinical study is created by eHealthMe based on reports (from sources including the FDA) of 116,375 people who take Perforomist and Symbicort, and is updated regularly. You can use the study as a second opinion to make health care decisions.

Phase IV trials are used to detect adverse drug outcomes and monitor drug effectiveness in the real world. With medical big data and AI algorithms, eHealthMe is running millions of phase IV trials and makes the results available to the public. Our original studies have been referenced on 600+ medical publications including The Lancet, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Nature.

On Nov, 30, 2022

116,375 people who take Perforomist and Symbicort are studied.

What is Perforomist?

Perforomist has active ingredients of formoterol fumarate. It is often used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. eHealthMe is studying from 1,256 Perforomist users for its effectiveness, alternative drugs and more.

What is Symbicort?

Symbicort has active ingredients of budesonide; formoterol fumarate dihydrate. It is often used in asthma. eHealthMe is studying from 99,483 Symbicort users for its effectiveness, alternative drugs and more.

Number of reports submitted per year:

Perforomist vs Symbicort drug comparison reports.

Drugs being compared in this study:

  • Perforomist (formoterol fumarate)
  • Symbicort (budesonide; formoterol fumarate dihydrate)

Most common side effects of the drugs, overall:

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Most common side effects of the drugs, in long term (1+ years) use:

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Drug effectiveness:

  • not at all: 1.6400000000000001 %
  • somewhat: 16.39 %
  • moderate: 34.43 %
  • high: 32.79 %
  • very high: 14.75 %
  • not at all: 2.03 %
  • somewhat: 14.77 %
  • moderate: 32.62 %
  • high: 35.57 %
  • very high: 15.02 %

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How to use the study?

You can discuss the study with your doctor, to ensure that all drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

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Common Perforomist side effects:

Common Symbicort side effects:

How the study uses the data?

The study is based on formoterol fumarate and budesonide; formoterol fumarate dihydrate (the active ingredients of Perforomist and Symbicort, respectively). Other drugs that have the same active ingredients (e.g. generic drugs or brand names) are also considered. Dosage of drugs is not considered in the study.

Who is eHealthMe?

With medical big data and proven AI algorithms, eHealthMe provides a platform for everyone to run phase IV clinical trials. We study millions of patients and 5,000 more each day. Results of our real-world drug study have been referenced on 600+ medical publications, including The Lancet, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Nature. Our analysis results are available to researchers, health care professionals, patients (testimonials), and software developers (open API).


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