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PULMICORT® TURBOHALER® 200 /
BUDESONIDE 200 MICROGRAM TURBOHALER®
(budesonide)
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Your medicine is available using the name Pulmicort Turbohaler 200 / Budesonide 200 microgram
Turbohaler, but will be referred to as Pulmicort Turbohaler throughout this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours.

If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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this leaflet:
What Pulmicort Turbohaler is and what it is used for
Before you use Pulmicort Turbohaler
How to use Pulmicort Turbohaler
Possible side effects
How to store Pulmicort Turbohaler
Further information
WHAT PULMICORT TURBOHALER IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Important information about your asthma symptoms

If you feel you are getting breathless or wheezy while using Pulmicort Turbohaler, you should continue
to use Pulmicort Turbohaler but go to see your doctor as soon as possible, as you may need additional
treatment.
Contact your doctor immediately if:

Your breathing is getting worse or you often wake up at night with asthma.

Your chest starts to feel tight in the morning or your chest tightness lasts longer than usual.
These signs could mean that your condition is not being properly controlled and you may need
different or additional treatment immediately.

Use your Pulmicort Turbohaler every day.

This helps to prevent asthma symptoms from happening. Your doctor will advise you of the correct
dose to treat your asthma. Your doctor will reduce your medication to the lowest dose needed to
control your asthma.

If your doctor has told you to use your Pulmicort Turbohaler twice a day:
Adults and children (13 years and above)




The usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, twice a day (in the morning and in the evening).
Your doctor may increase this to a maximum of 1600 micrograms a day.
If your asthma is getting worse and you are using your ‘reliever inhaler’ more often or you have
more symptoms:

double your dose of Pulmicort Turbohaler immediately and talk to your doctor as soon as
possible

double your dose by taking twice as many inhalations each time.

Children (5-12 years of age)



The usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, twice a day (in the morning and in the evening).
The doctor may increase this to a maximum of 800 micrograms a day.

Pulmicort Turbohaler is an inhaler. It contains a medicine called budesonide. This belongs to a group
of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’. It works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in
your lungs.

If your doctor has told you to use your Turbohaler once a day:

Your doctor has prescribed this medicine to treat asthma. Your doctor will prescribe two asthma
inhalers: Pulmicort Turbohaler and a separate ‘reliever inhaler’.

Use Pulmicort Turbohaler every day, as your doctor has told you to. This helps to prevent asthma
symptoms from happening.

Use your ‘reliever inhaler’ when you get asthma symptoms, to make it easier to breathe again.

Adults and children (13 years and above)

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You are allergic (hypersensitive) to budesonide (the only ingredient in this medicine).

Take special care with Pulmicort Turbohaler

Before you use Pulmicort Turbohaler, tell your doctor or pharmacist if:

You have a lung infection.

You have a cold or chest infection or any problems with your breathing.

You have or have ever had tuberculosis (TB).

You have liver problems.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines.
This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription and herbal medicines. This is because
Pulmicort Turbohaler can affect the way some medicines work and some medicines can have an effect
on Pulmicort Turbohaler.
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BEFORE YOU USE PULMICORT TURBOHALER

Do not use Pulmicort Turbohaler if:





particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Steroid medicines.
Medicines to treat fungal infections (such as itraconazole and ketoconazole).
HIV protease inhibitors (such as ritonavir and nelfinavir).

Only use your Turbohaler once a day if your doctor has told you to.
Use your Turbohaler at the same time each evening.

The usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, in the evening.
If your asthma is getting worse and you are using your ‘reliever inhaler’ more often or you have
more symptoms:

double your dose immediately and talk to your doctor as soon as possible

double your dose by taking the same number of inhalations your doctor has told you twice a
day (once in the morning and once in the evening).

Children (5-12 years of age)



The usual dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, in the evening.
The maximum dose is 400 micrograms a day.

Use your separate ‘reliever inhaler’ to treat asthma symptoms when they
happen.

Always keep your ‘reliever inhaler’ with you to use when you need it. Do not use Pulmicort Turbohaler
to treat asthma symptoms – use your ‘reliever inhaler’.

How to prepare a new Turbohaler for use

Before using Pulmicort Turbohaler for the first time you need to prepare
the Turbohaler for use.

Unscrew the white cover and lift it off.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding




If you are pregnant, or planning to get pregnant, talk to your doctor before using Pulmicort – do
not use Pulmicort Turbohaler unless your doctor tells you to.
If you get pregnant while using Pulmicort Turbohaler, do not stop using Pulmicort Turbohaler but
talk to your doctor immediately.
If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor before using Pulmicort Turbohaler.

Hold your Turbohaler upright with brown base at the bottom. Do not
hold the mouthpiece when you turn the grip. Turn the brown base as far
as it will go in one direction. Then turn it back as far as it will go in
the other direction. It does not matter which way you turn first. You
should hear a click sound.

Driving and using machines

Pulmicort Turbohaler is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.

Information you may have to carry while you are using Pulmicort Turbohaler
If you are using a high dose of Pulmicort Turbohaler your doctor may ask you to carry a steroid
warning card. This explains to others about your medication.

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The Turbohaler is now ready for use, and you should not repeat the above procedure again.
To take a dose, please follow the instructions below.

How to use Pulmicort Turbohaler

Always use Pulmicort Turbohaler exactly as your doctor, nurse or pharmacist has told you.
Ask one of them for advice if you are not sure.
If Pulmicort Turbohaler is to be used by your child, make sure they use it correctly as your doctor
has told you.
It is important to use Pulmicort Turbohaler every day, even if you have no asthma symptoms at
the time.
Your breathing may improve within 2 days. However it can take up to 4 weeks for the medicine to
have its full effect.

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How to take an inhalation

Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)

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Hold your Turbohaler upright with the brown base at the bottom.

3.

Do not hold the mouthpiece when you load your Turbohaler. To load your Turbohaler with a
dose, turn the brown base as far as it will go in one direction. Then turn it as far as it
will go in the other direction. It does not matter which way you turn it first. You should hear
a click sound. Your Turbohaler is now loaded and ready to use. Only load your Turbohaler when
you need to use it.





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Hold your Turbohaler away from your mouth. Breathe out gently (as far as is comfortable). Do
not breathe out through your Turbohaler.

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Place the mouthpiece gently between your teeth. Close your lips.
Breathe in as deeply and as hard as you can through your mouth.
Do not chew or bite on the mouthpiece.

Every time you need to take an inhalation, follow the instructions below.
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Unscrew the white cover and lift it off.



Sleeping problems, depression or feeling worried, restless, nervous, over-excited or irritable.
These effects are more likely to occur in children.
Bruising of the skin.
Loss of voice.
Hoarse voice (in children).

Inhaled corticosteroids can affect the normal production of steroid hormones in your body, particularly
if you use high doses for a long time. The effects include:

changes in bone mineral density (thinning of the bones)

cataract (clouding of the lens in the eye)

glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)

a slowing of the rate of growth of children and adolescents (rare)

an effect on the adrenal gland (a small gland next to the kidney) (rare)
These effects are much less likely to happen with inhaled corticosteroids than with corticosteroid
tablets.
If any of the side effects get serious or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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Remove your Turbohaler from your mouth. Then breathe out gently. The amount of
medicine that is inhaled is very small. This means you may not be able to taste it after
inhalation. If you have followed the instructions, you can still be confident that you have inhaled
the dose and the medicine is now in your lungs.

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If you are to take a second inhalation, repeat steps 2 to 6.




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Replace the cover by screwing it back on tightly after use.

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HOW TO STORE PULMICORT TURBOHALER

Keep the cover screwed tightly onto your Turbohaler when you are not using it.
Do not use your Turbohaler after the expiry date printed on the carton or label. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Keep your Pulmicort Turbohaler in a safe place, out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store this medicine above 30°C.
If your inhaler fails to work properly or shows any signs of deterioration, take it to your
pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
If you have any left over/unused inhaler, please return this to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to dispose of medicines that are no longer required. This will help to protect the environment.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What Pulmicort Turbohaler contains

The active ingredient is budesonide. Each actuation contains 200 micrograms budesonide.
There are no other ingredients.

What Pulmicort Turbohaler looks like and contents of the pack
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Rinse your mouth out with water after inhaling your prescribed dose.

Do not try to remove or twist the mouthpiece. It is fixed to your Turbohaler and must not be taken off.
Do not use your Turbohaler if it has been damaged or if the mouthpiece has come apart from your
Turbohaler.

Cleaning your Turbohaler

Wipe the outside of the mouthpiece once a week with a dry tissue. Do not use water or liquids.

When to start using a new Turbohaler

When you first see a red (as shown in grey on the diagram) mark in
the indicator window, there are about 20 doses left. You will then
need to see your doctor for another prescription. When the red (as
shown in grey on the diagram) mark has reached the bottom of the
indicator window, you must start using your new Turbohaler.

Your Pulmicort Turbohaler is a metered dose powder inhaler with a dark brown turning grip and a
white plastic body and cover. A braille code for identification of Pulmicort Turbohaler is embossed at
the bottom of the turning grip.
Also ‘Budesonide 200’ is written at the bottom of the turning grip.
Pulmicort Turbohaler contains 100 actuations.

Manufacturer

Pulmicort Turbohaler is manufactured by:
AstraZeneca Dunkerque Production, 59944 Dunkerque, France.
Or
AstraZeneca AB, S-151 85 Sodertalje, Sweden
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by: Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall,
Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: BR Lewis Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
PL No: 08929/0111

Note:

The brown base will still twist and ‘click’ even when your Turbohaler is empty.

The sound that you hear as you shake your Turbohaler is produced by a drying agent and not the
medicine. Therefore the sound does not tell you how much medicine is left in your Turbohaler.

If you load your Turbohaler more than once by mistake before taking your dose, you will still only
receive one dose.

If you use more Pulmicort Turbohaler than you should

It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist’s label or as advised by your
doctor. You should not increase or decrease your dose without seeking medical advice.
If you use more Pulmicort Turbohaler than you should, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Leaflet revision and issue date: 01.05.13
Pulmicort® and Turbohaler® are registered trademarks of AstraZeneca group of companies.
If you wish to receive this leaflet in Braille, large font or audio format please contact 01302 552940
and ask for the Regulatory Department.
Please be ready to give the following information:
Product name: Pulmicort Turbohaler 200 / Budesonide 200 microgram Turbohaler
Reference number: 08929/0111

If you forget to use Pulmicort Turbohaler

If you forget to take a dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as usual.

If you stop using Pulmicort Turbohaler

Do not stop using this medicine even when your asthma gets better, unless your doctor tells you to.

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POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Pulmicort Turbohaler can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If either of the following happen to you, stop using Pulmicort Turbohaler and talk to your
doctor immediately:

Swelling of your face, particularly around your mouth (with possible swelling of the lips, tongue,
eyes and ears), rash, itching, contact dermatitis (a skin problem), hives and bronchospasm
(tightening of the muscles in the airways which causes wheezing). This may mean that you are
having an allergic reaction. This happens rarely, affecting less than 1 in 1,000 people.

Sudden wheezing after inhaling your medicine. If this happens, also use your ‘reliever’ inhaler
straight away. This happens very rarely, affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people.

Other possible side effects:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)



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Thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth. This is less likely if you rinse your mouth out with water
after using your Turbohaler.
Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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