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- Lowers the number and severity of attacks
- Reduces swelling and inflammation in the lungs
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What is Pulmicort?
Pulmicort is a synthetic glucocorticoid steroid that is related to the natural hormone cortisone or hydrocortisone which is produced by the adrenal glands. This medication is used for the treatment of asthma by inhalation. Glucocorticoid steroids, such as cortisol or budesonide have potent anti-inflammatory actions that reduce inflammation and hyperactivity of the airways resulting from asthma. When used as an inhaler, budesonide is absorbed directly by the inner lining of the inflamed airways to exert its beneficial effects. About 39 percent of the inhaled dose of budesonide is absorbed into the body, with the absorbed budesonide contributing little effects on the airways. Improvements in the symptoms of asthma may be expected within 24 hours of use while it takes a few weeks to obtain the maximum therapeutic benefits of the medication when used for the treatment of asthma.
Pulmicort is approved for the long-term treatment of asthma. It is available as dry powder inhaler for use with a jet nebulizer, which is marketed as Pulmicort Respules. Pulmicort Flexhaler is approved for use by people ages six years and up. Pulmicort Respules is approved for use by children from 12 months to eight years.
How does Pulmicort work?
Pulmicort is inhaled corticosteroids that reduce the inflammation in the airways. Corticosteroids affect various types of inflammatory cells, including mast cells and eosinophils. They also affect the signalling chemicals that play an important role in inflammation, such as histamine, cytokines, and leukotrienes.
What are the benefits of using Pulmicort?
Pulmicort, both Respules, and Flexhaler are effective in reducing the inflammation in the airways that result from an asthma attack. It also effectively stops the release of signalling chemicals that play important roles in inflammation.
How do I use Pulmicort?
Your healthcare provider will show you the proper way of using your inhaler.
Pulmicort Flexhaler comes as a dry powder inhaler. It is available in strengths of 90 mcg and 180 mcg. It should be taken twice daily. Your healthcare provider will tell you how many inhalations to take.
The Pulmicort Flexhaler must be primed prior to first use. Open the Flexhaler and twist the grip as far as it will go in one direction, then twist all the way back the other direction. You may twist it in either direction. There will be the clicking sound after one of the twists. Repeat the twisting one more time. There is no need to prime the Flexhaler again, even if it remains unused for a long period of time.
The following are the steps in using the Flexhaler:
- Holding the brown grip of the inhaler to make the white cover points up, then the cover and lift it up.
- Load a dose by holding the grip in one hand and the middle of the inhaler with the other hand. Twist the grip as far as it goes in one direction, then twist it all the way back the other way.
- Turn away from the inhaler and breathe out until your lungs are empty.
- Put your lips on the mouthpiece. Breathe in deeply and forcefully through your mouth.
- Remove the inhaler from your mouth and exhale.
- If instructed by your healthcare provider to have more than one inhalation, repeat the procedure.
- Place the cover back on the inhaler.
- Rinse your mouth with water and spit it out. This will help prevent thrush, which is a fungal infection of the mouth.
Pulmicort Respules is taken with a jet nebulizer. A nebulizer transforms liquid medication into a fine mist to be inhaled by hour child. Ask your healthcare provider to show you the proper use of a nebulizer. Do not use an ultrasonic nebulizer for your Pulmicort Respules.
The following are the steps in using Pulmicort Respules:
- Open the sealed foiled envelope that contains the Pulmicort Respules. Record the date on the envelope’s back. The medication must be used within two weeks of opening.
- Take from the strip a one-single dose sealed vial or ampule.
- Keep the remaining ampules in the foil envelope, protected from light.
- Shake the ampule in a gentle, circular motion.
- Holding the ampule upright without squeezing it, twist off the top to open.
- Place the open end of the ampule into the nebulizer cup. Then slowly squeeze into the medicine cup the content of the ampule.
- Use your jet nebulizer as directed. In case a face mask is used, make sure that it fits snugly in order to get the right amount of medication. This will also prevent the nebulized medication from getting in the eyes.
- Ask your child to rinse his mouth with water and spit it out in order to prevent thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth. The child’s face should be washed after using the facemask in order to prevent any effects on the facial skin.
Pulmicort is used for the prevention of asthma attacks. It should not be used for the treatment of acute asthma attack.
The Pulmicort Flexhaler is to be used by individuals six years of age or older. Effects can be observed with 24 hours but the maximum effects are to be seen after one to two weeks of regular use.
The dose of Pulmicort Flexhaler varies according to the condition of the individual and how he responds to the medication. Your doctor will instruct you on the right dose for you.
An adult usually receives 2 to 4 puffs of the medication twice daily.
The starting dose of a child is also 2 to 4 puffs twice daily.
For individuals who have mild asthma, a dose of once a day will be sufficient.
Side effects & precautions
Taking Pulmicort may cause your airways to tighten suddenly. This side effect may happen immediately after using the inhaler or nebulizer. Take your rescue inhaler and call your doctor.
Common side effects of Pulmicort include colds, stuffy and runny nose, ear infections, hay fever, stomach flu, and nausea. Additional side effects may include nosebleed, cough, rash, and pink eye.
Inhaled corticosteroid, such as Pulmicort, may cause a fungal infection in the mouth, called thrush. This can be prevented by rinsing your mouth with water after each use of the inhaler or nebulizer. You have to spit out the water after rinsing.
The possibility of an infection is quite high when you use a corticosteroid because it lowers the immune system. The common symptoms of an infection are a pain, fever, aches, chills, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. Inform your doctor when you believe you have an infection.
Growth may be slow in children who use corticosteroids. Have your child’s growth monitored by a doctor.
Do not take Pulmicort if you are already having an asthma attack because it does not work fast enough. Instead, use a rescue inhaler.
This medication should not be used by people with severe milk allergy or allergy to any of the ingredients of Pulmicort.
Inform your doctor if you have problems with your eyes, liver, osteoporosis, or immune system because corticosteroids may worsen these conditions.
Studies have shown that budesonide is the preferred inhaled corticosteroid for use by pregnant women. This shows that Pulmicort is safe for use by pregnant women.
The same studies have shown that breastfeeding women can safely use Pulmicort. A very small percentage of the medication passes into breast milk.
It is best that you inform your doctor about all the medications you are using and have recently used before you start using Pulmicort. This is to prevent any interaction between the medications you are using and Pulmicort.
How do I buy Pulmicort online?
You can safely buy Pulmicort online at UK Meds. You will need first to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Pulmicort is the right medication for your medical condition.