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Budesonide inhalation

Generic Name: budesonide inhalation (byoo DES oh nide)
Brand Name: Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Apr 29, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is budesonide inhalation?

See also: Entyvio

Budesonide inhalation is a steroid that is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

Budesonide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Budesonide inhalation is not a rescue medicine for bronchospasm attacks. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your medications are not working as well.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use budesonide if you are allergic to it, or if:

  • you have a severe allergy to milk proteins; or

  • you are having an asthma attack.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Budesonide inhalation is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old.

How should I use budesonide inhalation?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Budesonide inhalation is not a rescue medicine for asthma attacks. Use only fast-acting inhalation medicine for an attack. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your asthma medications are not working as well.

Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

Use only the inhaler device that comes with Pulmicort Flexhaler. Do not place the device in water or try to take it apart.

Pulmicort Respules should be used only with a standard jet nebulizer connected to an air compressor. Do not mix with other medicines in the nebulizer cup (reservoir).

Rinse your mouth with water after using budesonide inhalation, to help prevent thrush (a fungal infection in the mouth or throat). If you are using a nebulizer with a face mask, wash the mask area of your face after each use.

Do not allow a young child to use budesonide inhalation without help from an adult.

Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Your vision or bone mineral density may also need to be checked.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve of if they get worse. If you use a peak flow meter at home, tell your doctor if your numbers are lower than normal.

Your dose needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Do not change your medication dose or schedule without your doctor's advice.

Store at room temperature, away from moisture, light, and heat. Keep the cover on your inhaler device while not in use.

In case of emergency, wear or carry medical identification to let others know you use a steroid medication.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

An overdose of budesonide inhalation is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. Long term use of high doses can lead to thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

What should I avoid while taking budesonide inhalation?

Avoid getting budesonide inhalation in your eyes.

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using a steroid medication.

Budesonide inhalation side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, rash, severe itching; chest pain, difficult breathing, feeling anxious; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • worsening asthma symptoms;

  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medication;

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;

  • signs of infection--fever, chills, body aches, ear pain, nausea, vomiting; or

  • signs of low adrenal gland hormones--worsening tiredness or muscle weakness, feeling light-headed, nausea, vomiting.

Budesonide inhalation can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect budesonide inhalation?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take, which may increase side effects or make the medications less effective.

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with budesonide inhalation, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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