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Composition for BUDESAL

Budesonide(0.5 mg),Levalbuterol(1.25 mg)

food interaction for BUDESAL

alcohol interaction for BUDESAL

pregnancy interaction for BUDESAL

lactation interaction for BUDESAL

Avoid Budesal 0.5 mg/1.25 mg respules with caffeine and chocolate as well as food containing caffeine and chocolate such as tea leaves, cocoa beans.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Budesal 0.5 mg/1.25 mg respules may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Budesonide(0.5 mg)


Budesonide is used in the form of an inhaler for the treatment of asthma. It is also used for prevention and treatment of various allergies of the nose, throat or the lungs.

How it works

Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called as corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling and inflammation in the nose, throat, lungs or intestine.

Common side effects

Nervousness, Anxiety, Sleeping disorder, Aphonia (loss of voice), Belching, Blemish, Bruise, Glaucoma, Cataract, Depression, Effected adrenal gland, Excitement, Growth retardation, Heartburn, Cough, Hoarseness of voice, Indigestion, Irritation, Restlessness, Sore throat, Stomach pain
Levalbuterol(1.25 mg)


Levalbuterol is used to prevent or relieve the wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness associated with lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD - a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways).

How it works

Levalbuterol belongs to a class of drugs called adrenergic bronchodilators. Levalbuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the airways and increasing air flow to the lungs thereby making breathing easier.

Common side effects

Chest pain, Dizziness, Facial swelling, Headache, Hoarseness of voice, Muscle pain, Rash, Uncoordinated body movements

Common Dosage

Patients taking this medicines

  • 45%
    Two Times A Day
  • 28%
    One Time A Day
  • 18%
    Three Times A Day
  • 6%
    Four Times A Day
  • 2%
    Once A Week
  • 2%
    Alternate Day


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Expert advice for BUDESAL

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals and drinking plenty of fluids is helpful while taking Budesonide.
  • Take the drug with meals to avoid stomach upset.
  • Take the drug at the same time every day.
  • Do not take budesonide if you are allergic to it.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will slowly adjust your dose to avoid unwanted side effects.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse on instructions to use the budesonide inhaler before use.
  • Inform your doctor if you have breathing problems or tightness in the chest even after taking the medicine.

Frequently asked questions for BUDESAL


Q. Does budesonide inhaler contain steroids?
Yes. Budesonide inhaler is a steroid drug used mainly to control an asthma attack.
Q. Is budesonide safe?
Yes. Budesonide is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, please consult your doctor.
Q. Is budesonide same as Pulmicort?
Yes. Pulmicort is a brand name of budesonide.
Q. Are budesonide and albuterol same?
No. Budesonide is different from albuterol which is a beta-receptor agonist drug. Both are used
to treat asthma.
Q. Can I take ibuprofen/prednisolone/Benadryl with budesonide?
Budesonide can be taken with ibuprofen or Benadryl only if advised by your doctor. Prednisolone is another steroid medication and generally not taken along with other steroid like budesonide, so it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking prednisolone with budesonide.
Q. Does budesonide cause weight loss/weight gain/hair loss/hyperactivity?
Budesonide may cause weight gain but not  weight loss, hyperactivity or hair loss and increased hair growth on face. If you notice any such symptoms, please consult your doctor. 
Q. Does budesonide cure cough?
 Budesonide can cure cough related to asthma or allergic diseases of nose, throat or chest.
Q. Does it help in croup?
It is not used for croup.
Q. Is budesonide safe for infants?
It is advisable to consult your doctor before giving budesonide to an infant or child.


Q. Is levalbuterol the same as Xopenex?
Xopenex is the trade name of levalbuterol.

Q. Is levalbuterol a LABA (Long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonist)?
No, levalbuterol is not a LABA, It is a short-acting bronchodilator.


Content on this page was last updated on 26 May, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)