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Pulmicort is used to relieve asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath. It contains a corticosteroid, which has anti-inflammatory properties, reducing inflammation in your airways and helping you breathe more easily.

What is Pulmicort Turbohaler?

Pulmicort is a medication used to treat asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes inflammation and swelling of the airways. Pulmicort can help relieve these symptoms, reducing inflammation and helping you breathe more easily.

Pulmicort is available on prescription from your doctor or from online pharmacy services. Alternatively, we can prescribe it to you following a brief online assessment. Contact us to find out more.

For more information about Pulmicort, consult the patient information leaflet

How it works

Pulmicort contains a medication called budesonide. Budesonide is a corticosteroid medication. Oral corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties, and when taken twice daily, Pulmicort works to reduce inflammation and swelling in your airways and lungs.

Pulmicort is a preventer inhaler. This means it is taken regularly to help prevent symptoms of asthma. It will not help in the event of a severe asthma attack - you will need to use a reliever inhaler for this. Pulmicort should take around 7 days to begin working properly.

Before you take it

You should not take Pulmicort if you are are allergic to budesonide, or any of the other active or inactive ingredients in the medication. Your doctor will be able to recommend an alternative treatment for your asthma.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use Pulmicort unless your doctor specifically tells you to. If you become pregnant while using this medication, do not stop using it until you have seen your doctor.

You should not use Pulmicort if you have a lung infection, if you have ever had tuberculosis or if you have problems with your liver. Speak with your doctor to discuss an alternative method of asthma control.

Children who use this medication may need to have their height checked regularly by their doctor, as using corticosteroid inhalers can increase the risk that a child may experience stunted growth.

Pulmicort should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, as with any medication, it is important for you to take precautions by first establishing fully how the medicine affects you before driving or using machinery.

It’s possible that you may need to carry a steroid warning card when taking Pulmicort. Your doctor will advise you as to whether this is necessary. A steroid warning card is usually only required when you have been prescribed a particularly high dose of Pulmicort.

Patients who do not use their Pulmicort inhaler regularly may not notice an improvement in their symptoms. You must take your Pulmicort Turbohaler every day for it to be effective.

If you are using your reliever inhaler to provide relief from asthma symptoms more often, you should talk to your doctor, as Pulmicort may not be effective to control your asthma.

Some other medicines may interact with Pulmicort. You should consult with your doctor before using Pulmicort if you are taking any of the following:

  • Steroid medicines - this can cause a steroid overdose when taken with Pulmicort
  • Antifungal medications, such as ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • Medications to treat HIV, such as cobicistat or ritonavir

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings or interactions. For a complete list, consult the patient information leaflet or contact your doctor.

Dosage Instructions

You should always take Pulmicort exactly as your doctor or pharmacist as directed. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to take Pulmicort, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Your doctor will tell you what your daily dose is.

You will have been given a turbohaler to administer this medicine. Ensure that you have been shown how to use it by your doctor or nurse. If you are unsure, then you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist. If you administering Pulmicort to a child, ensure they know how to use the Turbohaler.

It is very important to use your turbohaler every day, even if you are not experiencing asthma symptoms. Pulmicort may take as little as two days to begin working, but it can also take up to four weeks to work properly, after which you should see an improvement in your symptoms.

The recommended dose of Pulmicort turbohaler in adults and children over 12 years of age is one or two inhalations a day. This should be done twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. However, depending on your condition and symptoms, you may be prescribed a higher dose. If you have used the Turbohaler correctly you will be able to taste the powder on your tongue.

If Pulmicort does not improve your symptoms, talk to your doctor as a higher dose may be needed. If your asthma is getting worse when using Pulmicort, go to your doctor.

Store your Pulmicort turbohaler in a cool, dry place, out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Pulmicort

Like any medication, Pulmicort may cause side effects. These are typically mild to moderate in nature, and should go away as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if these side effects concern you, or they are persistent, talk to your doctor. Possible side effects include:

  • Oral thrush
  • Mild sore throat
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Coughing
  • Pneumonia

Pulmicort may also cause more serious side effects. These are less common, but if you experience them you must go to your doctor as soon as possible to discuss them. They can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Cataracts
  • Bruising of the skin
  • Loss of voice
  • Sleeping problems
  • Irritability

Pulmicort can also cause an allergic reaction. This is extremely rare, but any allergic reaction is an emergency, and if you are experiencing an allergic reaction you must immediately seek medical advice. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Hives
  • Swelling of the skin, mouth, nose, throat or tongue
  • Skin rash - itchiness, peeling, bleeding, bruising or blistering
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Wheezing

This is not a complete list of side effects, and for a full list you must read the patient information leaflet or speak with your doctor.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Is Pulmicort suitable for children?

Pulmicort can be used by children twelve years old and over to control asthma symptoms. The maximum dose that should be administered to a child is 800 micrograms a

day. However, it should only be given to a child if it has been specifically prescribed to them by your doctor. We do not prescribe any medication to anyone under 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I take Pulmicort?

Corticosteroid asthma inhalers are generally safe to take while pregnant. However, if you are not taking Pulmicort and you get pregnant, it is important to let your doctor know before you start to take it. If you are already taking Pulmicort, continue taking it until advised not to by your doctor.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss your regular dose of Pulmicort, you should take it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose as normal. Do not double your dose to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I take too much?

You should only ever take Pulmicort as your pharmacist or doctor has told you to. Taking high doses of Pulmicort may result in serious health problems, such as a steroid overdose. If you believe you have taken too much Pulmicort, stop taking it immediately and talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

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