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Brand Name: Pulmicort Turbuhaler
Generic Name: Budesonide
Manufacturer: Astra Zeneca
Budesonide powder (for oral inhalation)
WHAT IS PULMICORT TURBUHALER USED FOR AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
PULMICORT is a brand name for a drug called budesonide. PULMICORT is an inhaled
form of the drug budesonide. It belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids which
are used to reduce inflammation. Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways.
PULMICORT TURBUHALER reduces and prevents this inflammation. In some cases, 1 - 2
weeks of regular use may be needed before the full effect is seen.
TURBUHALER is the brand name for a multiple-dose, dry-powder inhaler. When you
breathe in through the inhaler, your indrawn breath provides the necessary force to deliver the
drugs to your lungs.
PULMICORT TURBUHALER is not meant to relieve an asthma attack that has already
started. Other inhalers containing fast-acting bronchodilators 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.
WHAT IS IN PULMICORT TURBUHALER?
PULMICORT TURBUHALER contains budesonide as the active ingredient and comes in
concentrations of either 100 μg, 200 μg, or 400 μg per inhalation.
If you happen to shake the inhaler, the sound you hear is the drying agent built into the brown
turning grip. This is not the medication and cannot be inhaled. PULMICORT
TURBUHALER contains no other ingredients.
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING PULMICORT TURBUHALER?
Tell your doctor:
• about all health problems you have now or have had in the past, especially if you
have had lung tuberculosis or any other recent infection;
• about other medicines you take, including ones you can buy without a prescription;
• if you take, or have taken steroid medicines within the past several months;
• if you have ever had a bad, unusual or allergic reaction to "budesonide";
• if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breast feeding;
• if you take medications against fungal infections or Ritonavir (medication used to
treat HIV infection or AIDS). These medications may interact with PULMICORT
WHILE TAKING PULMICORT TURBUHALER
If you develop an infection or a respiratory infection, contact your doctor to see if you can
continue taking PULMICORT TURBUHALER.
DO NOT TAKE PULMICORT TURBUHALER IF
You are allergic to budesonide.
HOW DO I TAKE PULMICORT TURBUHALER PROPERLY?
It is important that you use PULMICORT TURBUHALER daily at the intervals
recommended by your doctor. Do not stop or change dosage without asking your doctor.
Before you start using PULMICORT TURBUHALER for the first time it is important that
you read the instructions below and follow them carefully.
TURBUHALER is an inhaler from which very small amounts of powder are administered.
When you breathe in through TURBUHALER the powder is delivered to the lungs. It is
therefore important that you inhale forcefully and deeply through the mouthpiece.