Pulmicort comes in two forms -- the Pulmicort Flexhaler (a special kind of inhaler) and Pulmicort Respules (which are inhaled using a nebulizer). The Pulmicort dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on several factors, such as whether you are using the Flexhaler or Respules, your age, the severity of your asthma, and other medications you are taking. The Pulmicort dose is usually taken once or twice daily every day in order to prevent asthma attacks.
Pulmicort® (budesonide inhalation) is a prescription medication used to prevent asthma attacks. Pulmicort 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). The Pulmicort Flexhaler has replaced the Pulmicort Turbuhaler®, which is no longer manufactured.
The dose of Pulmicort your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Whether you are using Pulmicort Respules or the Pulmicort Flexhaler
- The severity of your asthma
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your Pulmicort dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Pulmicort Flexhaler Dosing
For adults, the recommended starting Pulmicort dose for asthma is Pulmicort Flexhaler 360 mcg twice daily (two inhalations of Pulmicort Flexhaler 180 mcg twice daily). For children age six and older, the recommended Pulmicort dose for asthma is Pulmicort Flexhaler 180 mcg twice daily.
Pulmicort Respule Dosing
For asthma treatment in children age 12 months to 6 years old, the recommended Pulmicort dose varies, depending upon what type of asthma medications were previously taken. The recommended doses range from 0.25 mg once daily to 0.5 mg twice daily (or 1 mg once daily).