Compare Flovent vs. Pulmicort

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Pulmicort (budesonide)

Prescription only
Prevents breathing problems.

Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone) is good at controlling and preventing asthma symptoms when you take it every day.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 483 reviewsforFlovent
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
  • Relieves symptoms and improves control of asthma.
  • People report fewer asthma symptoms and better lung function when they take it every day.
  • Inhaling this medicine (rather than taking an oral steroid) gets more into the lungs and less into rest of your body, which lowers the risk of side effects. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used safely for years compared to oral corticosteroids like prednisone.
  • Available as both an inhaler and Diskus device.
  • 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
  • You have to use Fluticasone every day to control your symptoms.
  • You can't lower the dose or stop taking it too suddenly.
  • Steroids can slow height growth in kids.
  • Because steroids suppress your immune system, you can catch bacterial and viral infections easier, and they can take longer to go away.
  • Can cause new or worsening eye pressure, glaucoma, and cataracts.
  • 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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Reviews
483 reviews so far
68%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
8%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
17possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    20%
  • Throat irritation
    13%
  • Headache
    12%
  • Sinusitis/sinus infection
    9%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    8%
  • Fever
    7%
  • Upper respiratory inflammation
    5%
  • Rhinitis
    4%
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort and pain
    4%
  • Viral gastrointestinal infection
    4%
  • Viral respiratory infection
    4%
  • Musculoskeletal pain
    4%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Viral infection
    2%
  • Bronchitis
    2%
  • Muscle injury
    2%
  • Injury
    2%
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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
  • Adrenal suppression (HPA axis suppression)
    • Lowering dose or stopping too quickly especially after long-term treatment
    • Stress such as trauma, surgery or infection
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Severe milk protein allergy
  • Increased risk for bacterial and viral infection
    • Bacterial or viral infection not being treated
    • Long-term treatment with Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • Not vaccinated against chickenpox or measles
  • Difficulty breathing (bronchospasm)
  • Reduced growth rate in children
    • Dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
    • Duration of treatment
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Flovent Diskus (Fluticasone)
  • Eye problems
    • History of high internal eye pressure
    • History of cataracts
    • History of glaucoma
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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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