Compare Pulmicort vs. Flunisolide

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

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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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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Used for
  • Asthma Perennial allergic rhinitis Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Eosinophilic nonallergic rhinitis Sinusitis
Dosage forms
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
  • Nasal spray
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Ear infection
  • Coughing
  • Viral infection
  • Stomach flu
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nosebleed
  • Pink eye
  • Rash
  • Yeast infection
  • Stomach pain
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The Aerospan (Flunisolide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • 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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