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Pulmicort Turbohaler

Pulmicort is a medication that is inhaled in order to treat people with asthma. It is a preventer medication, meaning it is taken to prevent symptoms of asthma before they can develop. This makes this product different from reliever medication which relieves symptoms when an asthma attack has started or is about to begin. This medication is typically taken with a Turbohaler and is used once or twice daily.



Pulmicort Patient Information Leaflet

Last Patient Information Leaflet Review: 20/01/2020



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  • Allergy to budesonide or formoterol
  • Lung infection
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Problem with your thyroid
  • Problems with your adrenal gland
  • Low levels of potassium in your blood
  • Severe liver problems
  • You regularly drink alcohol
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  • Digoxin
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  • Salbutamol (unless also prescribed by your own GP to use in conjunction with this medication)
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  • You should use this medication at the same time each day
  • This treatment should not be used in the event of an asthma attack as it won't help. If you do have an asthma attack, wheezing or breathlessness, you should use a reliever inhaler (usually blue)
  • You should use all of the asthma medications that you are prescribed, unless your GP tells you otherwise.
  • You should seek urgent medical help if you experience any serious side effects as a result of using this medication
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  • You have an allergy to formoterol or budesonide
  • You've used this treatment before and suffered from serious side effects
  • You're already using formoterol or budesonide in another medicinal form, or to treat another condition
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What is Pulmicort?

Pulmicort is a treatment for asthma that is taken on a daily basis. It is inhaled using what’s called a Turbohaler, which works in a similar way to a standard inhaler.

Pumicort is a preventer medication, meaning it stops asthma symptoms before they can occur. It does this by lessening inflammation in the airways of the lungs. When starting to use this medication, improvements in a patient’s condition could be felt in as little as two days. This treatment is usable for both adults and children; though different doses are recommended depending on the age of the user.

How does Pulmicort work?

This medicine contains a functioning constituent called budesonide. It belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’ or steroids for short. Its main purpose is to block the release of chemicals by the immune system in response to a trigger, reducing inflammation in the tubes which connect between the lungs and windpipe. It also prevents the production of mucus which could become obstructive and create symptoms of an asthma attack.

How do I take Pulmicort?

Your information leaflet should include detailed instructions on how to properly use and maintain your Turbohaler for this medicine. The Turbohaler used for this medication works similarly to regular inhalers except the user does not have to press down a button during use. When prescribed this medication it is taken on a daily basis, even if you are not showing asthma symptoms.

The recommended dosage will be the minimum you need based on your age and whether your doctor deems it necessary for you to use the Turbohaler once or twice a day. If you’ve been instructed to take this medication once a day, then use it around the same time each day, preferably in the evening. The maximum dose for children aged 5 to 12 years old is 400 micrograms a day. If you find that your asthma is getting worse even after taking your one dose in the day, double your dose and immediately talk to your doctor about the issue.

If your doctor says you should take the treatment twice a day, it’s best to take one dose in the morning and the other in the evening and repeat this process each day. Your doctor may increase your maximum dosage to 1,600 micrograms a day if necessary. The maximum intake for children aged 5 to 12 is 800 micrograms a day if they’ve been recommended taking two doses.

If an asthma attack starts to occur, remember to use your reliever inhaler rather than using a preventer inhaler like Pulmicort.

What are the side effects of Pulmicort?

Pulmicort can create side effects, though not everyone that uses this medicine will experience them. The most commonly reported side effects related to this particular treatment includes the following:

  • Thrush (fungal infection in the mouth) – this is less likely to occur if you rinse your mouth out with water after using your Turbohaler
  • Mild sore throat, coughing, and a hoarse voice
  • Pneumonia in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients

Other symptoms are possible but also a rarity. Still, you should pause taking your medication and inform your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of these particular symptoms:

  • Swelling of your face (especially around the mouth)
  • Sudden wheezing after inhaling the medicine (use your reliever inhaler if this happens)
  • Fever or chills
  • Increased mucus production
  • An increase in coughing or breathing difficulties

Can I use Pulmicort?

Before beginning to use this treatment, you should check you do not have any health conditions or are taking other medications that could interfere with the treatment. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Pulmicort if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have a lung infection
  • You have a cold or chest infection that affects your breathing
  • You have or have previously had tuberculosis (TB)
  • You have liver problems
  • You’re pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to get pregnant

The following medicines may also create complications with using Pulmicort, so consult your doctor or pharmacist about them in advance:

  • Steroid medicines
  • Medicines for fungal infections (including itraconazole and ketoconazole)
  • HIV medicines (including ritonavir and cobicistat-containing products)

How is Pulmicort stored?

When not in use, the Turbohaler should be stored in a dry place with the cover tightened. Don’t leave this medication in an area above 30 degrees centigrade. Also, do not use or store a Turbohaler if the date is after the expiry date printed on the carton for this product or on the label of the Turbohaler itself.

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