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Pulmicort (budesonide)

Pulmicort should be taken once in the morning and/or once at night to reduce inflammation in your lungs and help prevent asthma attacks. You can order Pulmicort for collection or delivery from our online clinic.

Budesonide 100mcg | from £34.95 per inhaler

Pulmicort Turbo 100

Budesonide 200mcg | from £34.95 per inhaler

Pulmicort Turbo 200

Budesonide 400mcg | from £36.95 per inhaler

Pulmicort Turbo 400

Key Features

  • Fast acting preventer
  • When taken correctly, can prevent asthma attacks before they occur
  • Should be used regularly for maximum effect
Unlike other inhalers, Pulmicort should not be shaken, or else the medicine becomes useless.
Dr Gigi Taguri

Key Information

The medicine

Pulmicort (budesonide) 100, 200 and 400mcg

How quickly it works

Pulmicort (budesonide) does not help control breathing immediately. Used on a daily basis, Pulmicort can help prevent asthma attacks and control symptoms, such as wheeze or a night-time cough. You should also have a reliever inhaler like Ventolin (salbutamol) to hand in case of sudden breathing problems.

How to take it

Take as directed by your GP or asthma nurse. This usually involves 1-2 puffs once or twice a day.

Side effects

Pulmicort can cause thrush in the mouth or a hoarse voice. Using mouthwash or brushing your teeth after using Pulmicort can help prevent this. A full list of side effects will accompany your medicine.

Using your inhaler correctly

To get the maximum benefit from your inhaler, you need to make sure you are using it correctly. Studies show that the majority of people do not use their inhaler properly. You can ask your GP, asthma nurse or your local LloydsPharmacy to check your inhaler technique.

Who shouldn't use this service

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have ever needed intensive care treatment for your asthma, or have been admitted to hospital because of your symptoms in the last year, our doctors will be unable to prescribe you Pulmicort. If you have asthma and are pregnant or breastfeeding you should see your GP.

About Pulmicort

How quickly does Pulmicort take effect?

Positive results can be seen within two days of commencing treatment, although maximum benefit may take up to four weeks. However, Pulmicort should not be relied upon to provide relief from an asthma attack - only a reliever can do this.

Does Pulmicort treat the underlying causes of asthma?

Pulmicort can treat the underlying cause of asthma for as long as it is being used. You may need to increase or reduce the dose according to your response to treatment, but should only do this after speaking to your GP or asthma nurse.

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