• Budesonide (Pulmicort): Patient Information

    What is Pulmicort?

    Pulmicort Turbohaler is an inhaler. It contains a medicine called budesonide. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’. It works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.

     

    Who should be treated with Pulmicort?

    Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat asthma.

     

    What are the different forms of Pulmicort?

    Pulmicort is prescribed in 2 different forms. Pulmicort Respules are an inhalation suspension delivered via a special nebulizer. Pulmicort is also available via a dry inhaled powder that is similar to a metered dose inhaler.

     

    What is the recommended dose for Pulmicort?

    (1) Adults and children (13 years and above)

    • The usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, twice a day.

    • Your doctor may increase this to a maximum of 1600 micrograms a day.

    (2) Children (5 – 12 years of age)

    • The usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, twice a day.

    • The doctor may increase this to a maximum of 800 micrograms a day.

     

    What should you know before starting Pulmicort?

    Before using budesonide for inhalation make sure your doctor knows:

    • If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
    • If you have ever had pulmonary tuberculosis.
    • If you have an infection of the eye or mouth, or a respiratory infection.
    • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this medicine.

     

    What are the side effects of Pulmicort?

    (A) Common:

    • Fungal infection of the mouth or throat.
    • Cough and hoarseness.
    • Throat irritation.

    (B) Rare:

    • Nervousness.
    • Restlessness.
    • Behavioral disturbances.
    • Bruising of the skin.

     

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