Pulmicort

(Budesonide)

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Treats asthma.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about Pulmicort
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (budesonide)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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).
How it works

Pulmicort (Budesonide) is an inhaled corticosteroid. It reduces inflammation in the inside lining in your airways by blocking the proteins that trigger inflammation.

Quick facts about Pulmicort
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (budesonide)

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Dosage forms

  • Inhaler
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Side effect rates for Pulmicort (Budesonide)

From 544 clinical trials of Pulmicort when taken for asthma (1 mg)
  • Respiratory Infection
    38%38%
    36%36%
  • Rhinitis
    12%12%
    9%9%
  • Otitis Media
    9%9%
    11%11%
  • Coughing
    8%8%
    5%5%
  • Gastroenteritis
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Ear Infection
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Moniliasis
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Viral Infection
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Abdominal Pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Epistaxis
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Conjunctivitis
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Rash
    2%2%
    3%3%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Pulmicort.

Pulmicort (Budesonide)
Placebo

People taking Pulmicort felt side effect more

People taking Pulmicort felt side effect less

No difference

Risks and Warnings for Pulmicort (Budesonide)

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  • Using Pulmicort (Budesonide) can cause a fungal infection in the mouth known as candida albicans. It can be treated with oral or topical medications. To decrease your chances of this infection, be sure to rinse your mouth with water each time you use Pulmicort (Budesonide).

Common concerns from people taking Pulmicort (Budesonide)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Pulmicort
BProbably safe