Pulmicort (budesonide inhalation)

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Pulmicort contains budesonide which is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your lungs. This medicine is used to treat symptoms of asthma.

How should it be used?

This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. You will be taught how to use this nebulizer. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not mix this medicine with other medicines in your nebulizer. Do not use more often than directed.

Use exactly as it was prescribed. Do not use medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on the label.

To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse your mouth with water after using Pulmicort. If you are using a nebulizer with a face mask, wash the mask area of your face after each use.

Special Precautions/Instructions

You should not take Pulmicort if you are allergic to budesonide, or if you are having an acute asthma attack.

Before you use Pulmicort, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • Liver disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herpes simplex infection of your eyes
  • Any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or
  • A history of tuberculosis.

Pulmicort is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Budesonide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.

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Storage Conditions

Store Pulmicort at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the cover on your inhaler device while not in use.

Keep the strip of Pulmicort Respules in the foil envelope, protected from light until you are ready to use. After tearing off one ampule, return the strip to the envelope to protect the remaining ampules from light. Store the foil envelop upright. Once you have opened an envelope, you must use the ampules within 2 weeks.