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Treats asthma.

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Pulmicort (Budesonide) works well for long-term asthma control, but isn't a rescue inhaler (so it won't stop a sudden asthma attack).


  • In clinical studies, inhaled Pulmicort (Budesonide) has been shown to increase FEV1 (the amount of air a person can forcibly blow out in 1 second) in people who have asthma.
  • Can be used with quick-acting asthma inhalers that'll open up your airways quickly in case of an attack.
  • The Pulmicort (Budesonide) inhaler can be used in people 6 years and older.
  • Inhaled medications like Pulmicort (Budesonide) work faster than pills, since it goes directly into your lungs.
  • Available as a generic inhaler.


  • Usually starts working in 1 to 2 days, but it can take up to 6 weeks before the full effects of Pulmicort (Budesonide) are felt.
  • The medication won’t work if it's not inhaled correctly, so make sure you're using the inhaler properly. A pharmacist can give you some help if you need it.
  • Some people get a stuffy nose, sore throat, or a cough when using Pulmicort (Budesonide).

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What to expect when you take Pulmicort (Budesonide)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • To load the Pulmicort (Budesonide) inhaler for a dose, twist the brown grip as far as it will go both ways. When it’s ready, you will hear it click.
  • Be sure to rinse your mouth out after using Pulmicort (Budesonide). This will help decrease the chances of throat irritation, mouth infection, and loosing your voice.
  • Your Pulmicort (Budesonide) inhaler comes with 60 or 120 doses. To make sure you have enough, check the dose indicator right under the mouthpiece.
  • You don’t need to use a spacer with the Pulmicort (Budesonide) inhaler. If you use other inhalers, ask your doctor what order to take them in.
  • Avoid asthma triggers like dust mites, pets, indoor mold, pollen, any type of smoke, and vacuum cleaning to protect your airways from being irritated.
  • Always have your rescue inhaler with you just in case you do have an asthma attack. Pulmicort (Budesonide) will reduce your chances of having an asthma attack, but it won't completely get rid of them.
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Side effects for Pulmicort (Budesonide)

From clinical trials of Pulmicort / Asthma (1 mg)  ( 544)

  • Respiratory infectionRespiratory infection38% for Pulmicort vs.36% for placebo
  • Inflammation inside the noseInflammation inside the nose12% for Pulmicort vs.9% for placebo
  • Middle ear inflammationMiddle ear inflammation9% for Pulmicort vs.11% for placebo
  • CoughingCoughing8% for Pulmicort vs.5% for placebo
  • Ear infectionEar infection5% for Pulmicort vs.4% for placebo
  • "stomach flu""stomach flu"5% for Pulmicort vs.4% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting4% for Pulmicort vs.3% for placebo
  • Yeast infectionYeast infection4% for Pulmicort vs.2% for placebo
  • Abdominal painAbdominal pain3% for Pulmicort vs.2% for placebo
  • Viral infectionViral infection3% for Pulmicort vs.3% for placebo

Risks and Warnings for Pulmicort (Budesonide)

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  • Using Pulmicort (Budesonide) can cause a fungal infection in the mouth known as candida albicans. It can be treated with oral or topical medications. To decrease your chances of this infection, be sure to rinse your mouth with water each time you use Pulmicort (Budesonide).

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Pulmicort (Budesonide)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe