budesonide inhalation (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using budesonide inhalation (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to budesonide, or if you are having an acute asthma attack.
Before using budesonide inhalation, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Budesonide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Budesonide can affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medication.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.
Long-term use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke, if you do not exercise, if you do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, or if you have a family history of osteoporosis. Talk with your doctor about your risk of osteoporosis.
How should I use budesonide inhalation (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Read all patient instructions that come with your inhaler device. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
To reduce the chance of developing a yeast infection in your mouth, rinse your mouth with water after using budesonide inhalation. If you are using a nebulizer with a face mask, wash the mask area of your face after each use.
If you also use a 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.
Contact your doctor if your asthma symptoms do not improve after using budesonide inhalation for 2 weeks.
Asthma is usually treated with a combination of different drugs. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
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.
Call your doctor right away if you feel that this medicine makes your condition worse. If it seems like you need to use more of any of your medications in a 24-hour period, talk with your doctor.
To be sure budesonide inhalation is not causing harmful effects, your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Using a steroid can lower the blood cells that help your body fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick from being around others who are ill.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the cover on your inhaler device while not in use.
Keep the strip of Pulmicort Respules in the foil envelope, protected from light until you are ready to use the medication. After tearing off one ampule, return the strip to the envelope to protect the remaining ampules from light. Store the foil envelope upright. Once you have opened an envelope, you must use the ampules within 2 weeks.
The Pulmicort Flexhaler device has indicator marks to show you how many doses are left inside. These dose-counter marks show increments of 20 doses. The indicator may not appear to move until about 5 doses have been used.
Get your budesonide prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Throw the old inhaler device away. It is a disposable container and cannot be refilled with budesonide.
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