Pulmicort Drug Information
Pulmicort® (budesonide inhalation) is a prescription asthma medication. 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.
The medication is typically taken once or twice a day. It comes in two forms -- the Pulmicort Flexhaler® (a special kind of inhaler) and Pulmicort Respules® that are inhaled using a nebulizer (a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs). Pulmicort works by opening up the airways, which enables more air to get into and through the lungs.
Before using Pulmicort, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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