Pulmicort Turbuhaler (Budesonide) is a corticosteroid inhaler used to treat asthma. It helps to control the symptoms of asthma and prevent asthma attacks. It can also be used to treat symptoms of certain Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD). Pulmicort works by reducing chemicals in the lungs that cause inflammation, and also controls the rate of protein synthesis in the lungs, which can cause inflammation if not controlled. When used regularly, it can reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks by reducing irritation and swelling of the airways. It will not relieve an asthma attack once it has already started. Regular daily use is needed for it to be effective. This medication starts to work within 2 hours, but the full effects may not be seen for 1 to 2 weeks. If you don’t see an improvement after 2 weeks, contact your doctor.
Pulmicort Turbuhaler, manufactured by AstraZeneca in Canada and Turkey and it is available in dosages of 100 mcg/200 dose, 200 mcg/200 doses, and 400 mcg/200 doses. The generic alternative, Budesonide, inhaler is available from India also called Budecort inhaler manufactured by Cipla in the dosages of 100 mcg/200 doses and 200 mcg/200 doses.
Common side effects of Pulmicort may include headache, nausea, stomach pain, gas, bloating, or constipation, drowsiness, joint pain, acne, or cold symptoms. Contact your doctor if you experience more serious side effects including thinning skin, easy bruising, increased acne or facial hair, swelling in your ankles, weakness, tiredness, or light-headedness, nausea, vomiting, or rectal bleeding, pain or burning when you urinate, menstrual problems in women or impotence or loss of sexual libido in men, or stretch marks or changes in the shape or location or body fat.
You should not use Pulmicort Turbuhaler in are allergic to budesonide or if you are breastfeeding. To make sure Pulmicort is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had tuberculosis, a serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, a weak immune system, high blood pressure, liver problems, stomach ulcers, osteoporosis, eczema, diabetes, cataracts, or glaucoma. It is unknown if this medication will harm an unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant in order to discuss any possible risks. Avoid the use of grapefruit products as it may interact with Pulmicort. Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventative treatment if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles as these conditions can be very serious in people who are using Pulmicort.
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