How it works
Pulmicort reduces irritation and swelling in the airways. It is a corticosteroid.
Guidelines for Usage
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label. Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage. . These usually have pretty detailed instructions that may be followed.
Read the instructions carefully if you are using an inhaler for the first time. It may be confusing. Or ask your healthcare provider to demonstrate it for you.
Keep an eye on the dosage counter to know how many doses are left in the container. The counter usually moves after every 5 doses. If the number 0 on the red background has reached the middle of the dose counter window, then it is time to stop using it as it may no longer give the correct dosage anymore.
Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.
Do not panic if you have missed a dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.
How and where do I store Pulmicort
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
You must immediately contact an emergency poison control center if you suspect an overdose. An overdose with Pulmicort may have certain adverse side effects like (paste here)
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
Ensure that you mention the following:
• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
To be avoided
You must avoid using Pulmicort if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
Known drug & food interactions
Pulmicort is known to interact with Hormonal contraceptives (eg, birth control pills, patches, implants), imidazole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole, itraconazole), or macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin, clarithromycin), Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), or rifampin, Live vaccines or ritodrine.
Information for Pregnant Women Pulmicort
The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category C
Discuss with your healthcare provider about the potential risk that it may pose to your baby before using the drug. Some medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own
• Nasal congestion; throat irritation.
The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately
• Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); depression; ear pain or discharge; mental or mood changes; new or worsening asthma symptoms (eg, increased wheezing); severe or persistent diarrhea or stomach pain; shortness of breath after using Pulmicort Flexhaler Powder; signs of infection (eg, fever, chills, or sore throat); vision changes; white patches in the mouth or throat.