Pulmicort

(budesonide)

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Controls asthma.

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

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.
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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.
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Pulmicort (budesonide) is a corticosteroid. It lowers inflammation in your lungs, which controls asthma and prevents asthma attacks.

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

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Dosage forms

  • Nebulizer solution
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What to expect when you take Pulmicort (budesonide) for Asthma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Yeast infection
  • Nosebleed
  • Viral infection
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Side effect rates for Pulmicort (budesonide)

From 450 clinical trials of Pulmicort when taken for asthma (0.5 mg daily)
  • Runny, stuffy nose
    11%11%
    9%9%
  • Ear infection
    11%11%
    11%11%
  • Coughing
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Viral infection
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Stomach flu
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Nosebleed
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Pink eye
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Rash
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Yeast infection
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Stomach pain
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Pulmicort.

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Risks and Warnings for Pulmicort (budesonide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Long-term use of Pulmicort (budesonide)
    • History of glaucoma
    • History of high eye pressure
    • History of cataracts

    Using Pulmicort (budesonide) for a long time can raise eye pressure, worsen glaucoma, and cause cataracts (cloudy lenses in the eyes). Talk to the child's pediatrician right away if the child experiences blurry vision, eye discomfort, or other changes in his or her vision after using Pulmicort (budesonide). Do not let the medicine enter the child's eyes.