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Pulmicort Inhaler (Budesonide) is a medication used in the treatment and prevention of asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath. It contains an active ingredient called Budesonide. It belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids that work to decrease inflammation throughout the body. Budesonide works by reducing inflammation and swelling in the airways of the lungs, making it easier to breathe. By reducing airway inflammation, budesonide can help prevent asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath and can also help lessen the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
Budesonide can be used in combination with other asthma medications to achieve better asthma control. In addition, budesonide is also used to treat inflammation in the digestive tract in conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease.
Uses and Dosage
Budesonide comes as a powder to inhale by mouth using an inhaler usually inhaled twice a day. Try to use budesonide at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use budesonide exactly as directed. Do not use it or more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop using budesonide without talking to your doctor.
Here are the steps for using Pulmicort Inhaler (Budesonide) properly:
- Remove the mouthpiece cover and check the mouthpiece for any foreign objects or debris.
- Hold the inhaler in the upright position and shake it well.
- Exhale fully and place the mouthpiece between your teeth. Close your lips around it.
- Take a slow, deep breath through your mouth and at the same time, press down on the canister to release one puff of the medication.
- Hold your breath for 5-10 seconds or if you comfortably can, then exhale slowly.
- If you need a second puff, wait about 1 minute and shake the inhaler again before repeating steps 3-5.
- Replace the mouthpiece cover after using the inhaler.
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions for how many puffs to take and how often, and to keep track of when you need to refill your prescription.
Common Side Effects of Pulmicort Inhaler (Budesonide):
- Back pain
- Bad taste in mouth
- Throat irritation
Serious Side Effects of Pulmicort Inhaler (Budesonide):
- Ear infection
- Increased wheezing
- Mental or mood changes
- Severe allergic reaction
- Severe dizziness
- Shortness of breath after use
- Sinus infection
- Sudden weight loss
- Tightness in the lungs
Form and Strength
Pulmicort Inhaler (Budesonide) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 100 mcg
- 200 mcg
- It may not be safe for people who have had recent or active infections, tuberculosis, or fungal infections in the lungs.
- People with certain medical conditions, such as liver disease, heart disease, or high blood pressure, may need to be monitored closely while taking Pulmicort.
- Pulmicort may interact with other medications, including some antibiotics, antifungal drugs, and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) medicines.
- Pulmicort may also cause side effects such as hoarseness, sore throat, coughing, or wheezing, and it may increase the risk of developing infections or osteoporosis.
- Pulmicort may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as there is a risk of harm to a developing fetus or infant.
- People with a history of glaucoma or cataracts may need to be monitored while taking Pulmicort, as the medication may increase the risk of developing or worsening these conditions.
- It may cause a decrease in the growth rate of some children, especially if they are taking high doses for prolonged periods of time.
- Pulmicort may also interact with certain herbal supplements, such as St. John's Wort, and should not be used together.
- Patients with a history of hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to budesonide, or any other ingredients in the inhaler should inform their healthcare provider before using the medication.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Budesonide be used during pregnancy?
Budesonide may not be safe for pregnant women, as there is a risk of harm to a developing fetus. For pregnant women to talk to their doctor about the potential risks and benefits of using Budesonide during pregnancy.
Can Budesonide be used in children?
Budesonide can be used in children aged six and older for the maintenance treatment of asthma. However, children taking high doses of Budesonide over a prolonged period of time may experience a decrease in growth rate, and these children should be monitored closely by their healthcare provider.
Is Budesonide habit-forming?
No, Budesonide is not habit-forming.
It's important to purchase Pulmicort Inhaler from verified Canadian pharmacy.