Compare Flunisolide vs. Pulmicort

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Treats asthma.

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

Upsides
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  • 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.
Downsides
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  • 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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Used for
  • Asthma Perennial allergic rhinitis Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Eosinophilic nonallergic rhinitis Sinusitis
Dosage forms
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
  • Inhaler
Price
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Side effects
The Aerospan (Flunisolide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
14possible side effects
  • Respiratory Infection
    38%
  • Rhinitis
    12%
  • Otitis Media
    9%
  • Coughing
    8%
  • Gastroenteritis
    5%
  • Ear Infection
    5%
  • Moniliasis
    4%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Viral Infection
    3%
  • Abdominal Pain
    3%
  • Epistaxis
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Conjunctivitis
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
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  • Mouth infections
  • Acute asthma
  • Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions
    • Severe milk allergy
  • Immunosuppresion
    • Tuberculosis
    • Untreated systemic, viral, fungal, or bacterial infection
  • Switching from oral corticosteroid
    • Previously taking oral corticosteroids
  • Decreased bone mineral density
    • Prolonged immobilization
    • Family history of osteoporosis
    • Post menopausal
    • Tobacco user
    • Advance age
    • Poor nutrition
  • Effect on growth
    • Children
  • Eye problems
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