Budesonide Inhalation (Pulmicort)
Budesonide inhalation (sold under the brand name Pulmicort®) is part of a class of asthma medications known as inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short. There are actually two different forms of budesonide inhalation -- an inhaler and a suspension (which is inhaled using a nebulizer). It is typically taken once or twice a day, depending on the form being used.
As a "controller medication," it prevents asthma attacks rather than treating them once they occur. Because of this, people with asthma should also have a "rescue medication" available for emergencies. Budesonide inhalation works by opening up the airways, which enables more air to get into and through the lungs.
(For specific instructions on how to use it, details on what to expect, and a list of warnings to discuss with your healthcare provider, click Budesonide Inhalation.)