2ml Plastic Container
Chemical Name: BUDESONIDE (byoo-DESS-oh-nide)
Pulmicort is a corticosteroid used to prevent bronchial asthma. Pulmicort is not used to relieve an asthma attack. Pulmicort may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions such as: glaucoma, cataracts, and any illnesses or infections. Inform your doctor of any recent exposure to contagious diseases such as chickenpox and measles. Also, tell your doctor about any allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Pulmicort provided by your doctor. Pulmicort is to be used in a nebulizer or a respirator. Do NOT use Pulmicort in an ultrasonic nebulizer. Pulmicort comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about Pulmicort. OPEN THE ALUMINUM FOIL ENVELOPE and remove one ampule. Record the date that you open the foil on the back of the envelope. Once the foil is open, the unused ampules should be used within 2 weeks. GENTLY SHAKE Pulmicort then squeeze the contents into the nebulizer. Do not mix Pulmicort with other medicines in the nebulizer. Connect nebulizer to air pump and begin treatment as directed. Breathe calmly and evenly. When there is no more mist in the nebulizer chamber, the treatment is complete. After each inhalation, rinse your mouth out with water. If a face mask is used, wash face after each dose. AFTER USE, wash reservoir of the nebulizer, mouth piece, and mask according to the manufacturer's directions. Rinse well and dry. ONCE AN AMPULE IS OPENED, use Pulmicort immediately or discard. CONTINUE TO USE Pulmicort even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. STORE Pulmicort in the foil envelope at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) away from heat and light. DO NOT FREEZE. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Pulmicort, use it as soon as possible, then go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT use 2 doses at once.
DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE without checking with your doctor. IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL DAYS for Pulmicort to work. Do not stop using Pulmicort without checking with your doctor. If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor. Pulmicort WILL NOT STOP an asthma attack. It should help to prevent future breathing problems. If you are having difficulty breathing, use your bronchodilator or call your doctor. IMPORTANT: If you have switched from an oral corticosteroid (e.g., prednisone tablets) to Pulmicort within the past 12 months, your body may not produce enough natural steroids. You may need to start taking additional corticosteroids, especially if your body is stressed due to major infections such as stomach infections (gastroenteritis), surgery, or injury. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for specific advice regarding stress situations. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following signs of low steroid levels: unusual weakness, sudden weight loss, vomiting, fainting, or severe dizziness. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Pulmicort. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using Pulmicort. Avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles. Pulmicort MAY AFFECT GROWTH RATE in children. Your child's growth should be checked regularly while using Pulmicort. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Pulmicort during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Pulmicort IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Pulmicort, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include cough, runny nose, stomachache, and nose bleeds. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience wheezing, sinus infection, ear infection, or white patches in mouth or throat. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience swelling of the face, lips, or tongue; depression; irritability; or personality change. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
If your symptoms do not improve after regular use of Pulmicort or if your asthma becomes worse, contact your doctor. If you switched from oral corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone tablets) to an inhalation suspension or inhaler within the last 12 months, carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your possible need of supplemental steroids during periods of stress or a severe asthma attack. DO NOT SHARE Pulmicort with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Pulmicort for other health conditions. KEEP Pulmicort out of the reach of children. IF USING Pulmicort FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.