Compare Pulmicort vs. Pulmicort Flexhaler

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

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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.

Controls asthma.

Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) is good for controlling and preventing asthma symptoms, but it's not a rescue inhaler and must be taken daily.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid, which is the most effective class of medicines to manage asthma when taken daily. People can notice an improvement in asthma control within 24 hours of starting treatment.
  • Taking Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide) into the lungs has fewer side effects than taking a pill by mouth.
  • Safe for use by children 6 years and older.
  • Doesn't need to be primed again after the first prime, even if you haven't used it for a long time.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Can take 1 to 2 weeks or more for full benefit on asthma symptoms.
  • Can cause fungal infections of the mouth and throat, especially if you don't rinse your mouth after use.
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Dosage forms
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
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Side effects
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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7possible side effects
  • Common cold symptoms
    9%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    2%
  • Viral infection of airways, nose, and throat
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Viral stomach flu
    2%
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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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  • Serious allergic reaction
    • Milk protein allergy
  • Mouth and throat infection
    • Not rinsing mouth after use
    • Using higher dose of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
  • 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
    • History of osteoporosis
    • Taking other medicines that cause bone loss
    • Long-term use of steroid medicines
  • Slower growth rate in children
    • Children
    • High doses of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort Flexhaler (budesonide)
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