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Glucocorticoid steroids such as cortisol and budesonide have powerful anti-inflammatory activities that reduce inflammation, hyperactivity, and inflammation in 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.
You may notice a reduction in asthma symptoms within 24 hours. However, it can take several weeks for you to experience the full therapeutic benefits of the medication when used for asthma treatment.
Pulmicort has been approved for long-term asthma treatment. It is safe for adults and children aged six and older.
Pulmicort, an inhaled corticosteroid, reduces inflammation in the airways. Corticosteroids can affect many types of inflammatory cells including mast cells and Eosinophils. They also alter signalling chemicals involved in inflammation such as histamines, cytokines and leukotrienes.
Before you can use the Pulmicort Turbohaler, it must be properly primed. Turn the Turbohaler open and twist the grip in any direction. Then, turn the handle back in the opposite direction. It can be twisted in any direction. After each twist, you will hear a clicking sound. Continue twisting. Even if the Turbohaler is not used for a prolonged period, it does not need to be primed again.
These are the steps to use the Turbohaler:
To make the white cover of the inhaler point up, hold the brown grip and then remove the cover;
Hold the inhaler in one hand, and the grip in the other, turn the grip in the opposite direction;
Breathe until your lungs are full;
Place your lips on the mouthpiece and take a deep, forceful breath through your mouth;
Take the inhaler out of your mouth and exhale;
Repeat the procedure if your healthcare provider instructs you to inhale more than once;
Place the cover back onto the inhaler; and
Rinse your mouth using water to prevent thrush, a fungal infection that can affect the mouth.
Pulmicort can be used to prevent asthma attacks. Acute asthma attacks should not be treated with Pulmicort.
Children of six years and older can use the Pulmicort Turbohaler. Although effects can be noticed within 24 hours, the maximum effect is seen after about one to two weeks of consistent use.
Adults and children aged 13 and over usually take 2 to 4-puffs of the medication two times daily.
A child aged 5-12 years old should also take 2 to 4 puffs twice daily.
For people with mild asthma, a dose of one time a day is sufficient.
Pulmicort can cause nausea, stuffy or runny noses, ear infections, hay fever and stomach flu. Other side effects include pink eye, nosebleeds, cough, rash and skin irritations.
Thrush is a fungal infection that can be caused by inhaling corticosteroids such as Pulmicort. You can prevent this by washing your mouth with water after using the inhaler/nebuliser. After rinsing, make sure you spit out any water.
Because corticosteroid use lowers your immune system, the possibility of infection is very high. Common symptoms of infection include fever, headaches, nausea and vomiting. If you suspect you may have an infection, you should inform your doctor immediately.
Corticosteroids may slow down growth in children. A doctor should monitor your child's growth.
Pulmicort is not fast enough to treat asthma attacks. Use a rescue inhaler instead.
People with severe milk allergies or an allergy to Pulmicort should not use this medication.
Corticosteroids can make it worse for your eyes, liver and osteoporosis.
Before you begin using Pulmicort, inform your doctor of all medications you are currently taking. It is to avoid any interactions between Pulmicort and your medications.
Before you start taking this medication, consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
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