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Brand Names: Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules

Generic Name: budesonide inhalation (Pronunciation: byoo DES oh nide)

What is budesonide inhalation (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules)?

Budesonide is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Budesonide inhalation is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun.

Budesonide may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of budesonide inhalation (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • weakness, tired feeling, nausea, vomiting, feeling like you might pass out;
  • wheezing or breathing problems after using this medication;
  • worsening respiratory symptoms;
  • ear pain with fever;
  • vision problems; or
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about budesonide inhalation (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules)?

Do not use budesonide inhalation to treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough to reverse your symptoms. Use only a fast-acting inhalation medicine to treat an asthma attack.

Contact your doctor if your asthma symptoms do not improve after using budesonide inhalation for 2 weeks.

Call your doctor right away if you think any of your asthma medications are not working as well as usual. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, are under stress, or have recently had an asthma attack. Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing asthma attacks.

If you also use an oral steroid medication, do not stop using the steroid suddenly or you may have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk with your doctor about taking less and less of the steroid before stopping completely.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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