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Pulmicort is a highly effective preventer inhaler for asthma. It is available in the form of a Turbohaler which is a dry powder inhaler (DPI).
You use it daily to prevent inflammation and swelling in the airways. This prevents flare-ups and reduces the risk of an asthma attack.
Your doctor will prescribe Pulmicort alongside a blue reliever inhaler like Ventolin.
Pulmicort contains Budesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid.
Budesonide works by preventing and reducing inflammation in the airways. This means you are less sensitive to asthma triggers and reduces the risk of an asthma attack.
It works over an extended period, which helps to keep inflammation down throughout the day. This means it is an effective preventative treatment.
However, it means it will not work quickly on sudden flare-ups. Use your reliever inhaler if your symptoms suddenly get worse.
Pulmicort Turbohalers are available in 3 doses: 100, 200 and 400mcg. Your prescribing doctor will decide which dose is best for you.
Most people will take 1-2 inhalations twice daily. You should use it once in the morning and once in the evening.
Some people only need to take Pulmicort once daily in the evening. Do not do so unless your doctor has told you to.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it’s nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue from your next scheduled dose. If you use more than you’re supposed to, you may experience side effects.
A full guide on how to use your inhaler is in the patient information leaflet.
Use your Pulmicort Turbohaler as follows:
It only releases a small amount of medicine. So even if you don’t feel anything, you have taken it successfully if you have followed the instructions.
You should clean your inhaler once weekly with dry tissue. Do not use water.
Like all prescription medicines, Pulmicort may cause side effects. Most common side effects are mild and should go away on their own.
Rarely, you may experience serious side effects.
Some may experience an allergic reaction. Symptoms include swelling, hives or difficulty breathing. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, stop taking the medication and get immediate medical attention.
Another rare side effect is bronchospasm. This causes a sudden tightening of the airways. It can cause difficulty breathing and wheezing after you take the medication. If you experience this, take your reliever medication as soon as possible.
Taking Pulmicort may affect the normal production of steroids in your body. This may increase your risk of certain conditions:
Consult with your doctor about changing treatments if you experience any serious or persistent side effects.
Pulmicort is safe to use for most people with asthma or COPD. However, you should not use it if you have an allergy to Budesonide (the active ingredient).
Some people with other medical conditions or take other medicines should speak to their doctor first, such as if you:
If you’re not sure whether any of these apply to you, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Pulmicort is available on prescription for COPD and asthma treatment. It will need to be prescribed by your GP or asthma specialist. Once you are stable on it, you can get it on a repeat prescription from your GP or online.
Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.
|Availability||Out of stock|
|Description||Pulmicort is a preventative asthma treatment used as part of an asthma management plan to prevent asthma symptoms|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Available dosage||100mcg, 200mcg, 400mcg|
|Application||Men and women over 18 with asthma|
|Usage||Use on a daily basis to prevent asthma symptoms|
|Alcohol consumption||No influence|
|When breastfeeding||Caution is recommended, ask your doctor|
|When pregnant||Caution is recommended, ask your doctor|
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