Pulmicort Nebuamp belongs to the class of corticosteroids which are used to reduce inflammation. sthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. Pulmicort Nebuamp reduces and prevents this inflammation. In some cases, several weeks of regular use may be needed before the full effect is seen. Pulmicort Nebuamp will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started. Many inhalers contain fast-acting bronchodilators to provide rapid relief. If your doctor prescribed one of these, you should follow his or her directions when you have an acute attack of asthma. Use the Pulmicort Nebuamp exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Pulmicort Nebuamp is for use in a nebulizer or respirator. Do not use in an ultrasonic nebulizer. Be sure you know how to use your nebulizer or respirator before you start this drug. The dosage of Pulmicort Nebuamp depends on the individual. For children, initially recommended dose is 0.25 to 0.5 mg twice daily. For adults, the dosage is 1 mg to 2 mg twice daily.
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Pulmicort Nebuamp is manufactured by AstraZeneca and comes from Canada. The active ingredient in Pulmicort Nebuamp is budesonide. The generic is available from India also called Budecort Respules manufactured by Cipla. Pulmicort Nebuamp is available as tablets in the dosage forms of 1 mg and 2 mg. It is available in concentrations of either 0.25 mg/mL, 0.5 mg/mL or 1 mg/mL. Each unit contains 2 mL.
Stop taking Pulmicort Nebuamp and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Adrenal gland problems with tiredness, headache, nausea, vomiting and pain in muscles and joints
• Behavioural disturbances, nervousness and depression
• Slowing of growth in children
• Tightness in the airways
Less serious side effects include cough, throat irritation, thrush (fungal infection) in the mouth, hoarseness, bad taste, headache, nausea, dryness of the throat, tiredness, thirst, and diarrhea. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Do not take Pulmicort Nebuamp if you are allergic to budesonide, or any of the other ingredients in Pulmicort Nebuamp, have an untreated infection (fungal, viral or bacterial) or tuberculosis in the respiratory tract. Do not use it to treat a sudden attack of breathlessness. Pulmicort Nebuamp may interact with Ritonavir (anti-HIV medication) and medicines used to treat fungal infections. Do not stop taking Pulmicort Nebuamp on your own. Your doctor may want to slowly reduce your dose, especially if you have been using Pulmicort Nebuamp for a long time. Symptoms of steroid withdrawal (i.e. fatigue, muscle or joint aches) may occur if Pulmicort Nebuamp is stopped too quickly.
How quickly does Pulmicort work?
Pulmicort begins to work in about 24 to 48 hours but it may take anywhere from two to six weeks before you feel the full effects.
What is the difference between Pulmicort and Albuterol?
Pulmicort is used for maintenance treatment of asthma and is used daily to manage asthma but Albuterol is a rescue inhaler and is used as needed.