Compare Arnuity Ellipta vs. Pulmicort

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Pulmicort (budesonide)

Prescription only
Controls asthma.

An easy-to-use, convenient inhaler for asthma patients 12 years or older.

Controls asthma.

Pulmicort (budesonide) is good for controlling and preventing asthma symptoms in children, but it's not a rescue inhaler and requires a jet nebulizer machine.

Upsides
  • You only need to take Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone) once per day.
  • Breathe-activated inhalers may be easier to use than aerosol inhalers, and do not require cleaning and maintenance.
  • Pulmicort (budesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid, which is the most effective class of medicines to manage children's asthma when taken daily.
  • Taking Pulmicort (budesonide) into the lungs has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Using a jet nebulizer is easier to use than a handheld inhaler, especially for children.
Downsides
  • Don't forget to rinse your mouth after each use as Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone) can cause a fungal infection in the mouth or throat.
  • Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone) is not for on-demand treatment of an asthma attack. You will still need to have a rescue inhaler handy.
  • Do not take Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone) if you're allergic to milk proteins since it contains dairy.
  • Can take up to 2 to 8 days for better control of asthma symptoms and up to 4 to 6 weeks for maximum effects.
  • Can cause fungal infections of the mouth and throat, especially if the child doesn't rinse his or her mouth after use.
  • Only to be used by children ages 12 months to 8 years.
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Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
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Side effects
11possible side effects
  • Common cold
    8%
  • Lung inflammation
    7%
  • Lung infection
    6%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Sore throat
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Toothache
    3%
  • Stomach flu
    3%
  • Fungal infection of the mouth
    3%
  • Fungal infection of the mouth and throat
    3%
  • Pain from fungal infection of the mouth and throat
    3%
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12possible side effects
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    11%
  • Ear infection
    11%
  • Coughing
    9%
  • Viral infection
    5%
  • Stomach flu
    5%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Nosebleed
    4%
  • Pink eye
    4%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Yeast infection
    3%
  • Stomach pain
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of infections
  • Not for asthma attack
  • Sudden breathing problems
  • Weaker bones
    • Low bone mineral bone density
    • Prolonged immobilization
    • Family history of osteroporosis
    • Use of anticonvulsants
    • Use of oral corticosteroids.
  • Slowed growth
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  • Effects on eyes
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort (budesonide)
    • History of glaucoma
    • History of high eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
  • Sudden-onset breathing problems
  • Weakened immune system
    • Not current with vaccinations
    • Taking other steroid medicines
    • Current infection without treatment
  • Adrenal gland problems
    • Switching from steroid pills to steroid inhalers
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
    • Stopping steroid medicines too quickly
  • Bone loss
    • Taking other medicines that cause bone loss
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
  • Slower growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High doses of Pulmicort (budesonide)
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort (budesonide)
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