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If you have asthma, your healthcare provider may recommend Pulmicort® (budesonide inhalation) to help prevent asthma attacks. The medication is available by prescription and comes in two forms: Pulmicort Flexhaler® (a special kind of inhaler) and Pulmicort Respules®.
The Pulmicort inhaler contains a dry powder that is inhaled using the force of your breath. It is used twice a day, every day. The inhaler is available in a 90 mcg strength (containing 60 inhalations, with 90 mcg per inhalation) and a 180 mcg strength (containing 120 inhalations, with 180 mcg per inhalation).
Pulmicort Respules contain a liquid form of the medication that is used in a nebulizer (a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs). It is typically used once or twice a day, every day.
You should talk to your healthcare provider before using Pulmicort Respules or the Pulmicort inhaler if you have tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections; glaucoma or cataracts; or have never had chickenpox or the measles.
(Click Pulmicort to learn more about the uses, effects, and potential side effects of this asthma medication.)
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