Pulmicort (Budesonide) Turbohaler 100mg/200mg/400mg

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Known as a “preventer” inhaler, the Pulmicort Turbohaler can be used to control symptoms of mild, moderate or severe Asthma. The active ingredient budesonide is a corticosteroid (or steroid) which works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.

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Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.

It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.

There’s currently no cure, but there are simple treatments that can help keep the symptoms under control so it doesn’t have a big impact on your life.

Symptoms
The main symptoms of asthma are:

wheezing (a whistling sound when breathing)
breathlessness
a tight chest, which may feel like a band is tightening around it
coughing
The symptoms can sometimes get temporarily worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.

Your GP will usually be able to diagnose asthma by asking about symptoms and carrying out some simple tests.

Asthma self-assessment tool

Treatments
Asthma is usually treated by using an inhaler, a small device that lets you breathe in medicines.

The main types are:

reliever inhalers – used when needed to quickly relieve asthma symptoms for a short time
preventer inhalers – used every day to prevent asthma symptoms occurring
Some people also need to take tablets.

Causes and triggers
Asthma is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This makes the tubes highly sensitive, so they temporarily narrow.

It may occur randomly or after exposure to a trigger. Common asthma triggers include:

allergies – to house dust mites, animal fur or pollen, for example
smoke, pollution and cold air
exercise
infections like colds or flu
Identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers can help you keep your symptoms under control.

Complications
Although asthma can normally be kept under control, it’s still a serious condition that can cause a number of problems.

This is why it’s so important to follow your treatment plan and not ignore your symptoms if they’re getting worse.

Badly controlled asthma can cause problems such as:

feeling tired all the time
underperformance at or absence from work or school
stress, anxiety or depression
disruption of your work and leisure because of unplanned visits to your GP or hospital
lung infections (pneumonia)
delays in growth or puberty in children
There’s also a risk of severe asthma attacks, which can be life-threatening.

Product Description

Pulmicort is a type of inhaler that is know as a ‘preventer’ if used regularly as prescribed prevents asthma attacks from happening. Pulmicort contains, budesonide. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’and works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.

For more information about Asthma, click here.

How do I use Pulmicort?

  • Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist 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.

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.

See our other Asthma products, here.

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.

How to use Pulmicort

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

Adults and children (13 years and above)
 The recommended 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.
Use in Children (5 – 12 years of age)
 The recommended 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.

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

 Only use your Turbohaler once a day if your doctor has told you to.
 Use your Turbohaler at the same time each evening.
Adults and children (13 years and above)
 The recommended 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).
Use in Children (5 – 12 years of age)
 The recommended 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’.

Like all medicines, this medicine 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 (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
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.
Pneumonia (infection of the lung) in COPD patients.

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following while taking budesonide they could be symptoms of a lung infection:
• Fever or chills.
• Increased mucus production, change in mucus colour.
• Increased cough or increased breathing difficulties.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Feeling worried, restless and nervous.
Depression.
Trembling and shaking.
Cataract (clouding of the lens in the eye).
Muscle cramps.
Blurred vision.

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Sleeping problems, feeling 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, for example 400 micrograms or more daily
for several years. The effects include:
– changes in bone mineral density (thinning of the bones).
– glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
– a slowing of the rate of growth of children and adolescents (rare). If high doses are given over several years, final adult height may be reduced by about 1 cm.
– 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.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.