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Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules

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Overview

Introduction

Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules is used to prevent the symptoms of asthma (wheezing and shortness of breath). It is a steroid and is known as a "preventer". You need to have a fast-acting “reliever” as well because this medicine will not stop an asthma attack that has already started.

Your doctor will tell you how often you need to use Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules. It is important that you take the lowest dose needed to effectively control your asthma. The effect of this medicine may be noticeable after a few days but will only reach its maximum after a few weeks. This medicine must be used regularly to be effective, so go on taking it even if you do not have any symptoms. No symptoms mean that the medicine is doing its job. If you stop taking it your asthma may get worse. It should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks. If an asthma attack occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler "reliever". To get the benefit from this medicine you need to make sure you get your inhaler technique right, otherwise, it will not work as well.

The most common side effects are irritation in the throat, difficulty swallowing and fungal infections in the mouth or throat. If you get these, do not stop taking it but do talk to your doctor. You can help prevent these symptoms by rinsing your mouth and throat with water or brushing your teeth after using your inhaler. There are other rare, side effects which can be serious. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about them. In general, you should be trying to avoid situations which make your asthma worse (your triggers) and try not to smoke.

Before taking Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules, you should tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis, any infections in your mouth or lungs, or liver disease. While taking it you may be more at risk of getting infections so stay away from people with colds and flu. If you use Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules for a long time it may cause weak bones (osteoporosis) and damage to your eyes (glaucoma or cataracts). You might need tests for bone density and eye pressure. Ask your doctor whether it’s safe to take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Uses of Pulmicort Respules

Side effects of Pulmicort Respules

Common
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Fungal infection
  • Throat irritation
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Cough
  • Oral infections

How to use Pulmicort Respules

Use this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Twist off the top of the respule/transpule and squeeze all the liquid into the nebulizer. It should be used right away after opening.

How Pulmicort Respules works

Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules is a steroid. It prevents the cells in the lungs and breathing passages from releasing chemical messengers that cause inflammation (swelling) of the airways. This widens the airways and makes breathing easier.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
SAFE
Consuming alcohol with Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules does not cause any harmful side effects.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

What if you forget to take Pulmicort Respules?

If you miss a dose of Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

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Quick Tips

  • Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules ‘dampens down’ inflammation in the lungs to provide long-term (maintenance) treatment of asthma and prevent disease progression.
  • Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules will not work for an ongoing asthma attack. Use your rescue inhaler to control sudden difficulty in breathing.
  • Take it at the same time every day to prevent asthma attacks.
  • Gargle with warm water after each inhalation to avoid any fungal infections in your mouth and throat.
  • Never breathe out into the mouthpiece.
  • Only minuscule amounts of Pulmicort 0.5mg Respules may get absorbed into the bloodstream after inhalation. Hence, serious side effects such or weight gain are unlikely.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Pulmicort with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Ketozoe, Ketazol, Tako
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): M Spirin, Aspirin, Colsprin
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Hospicin B, Amfocare, Amphocil
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Glinate
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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Having problems of asthama need levolin 0.63 MG Respules and diclofenac 50 mg
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
Please take personal consultation Evaluation is needed
I m taking pegabid 150 od ,nexito 10,rivotril0.5 bd,aten d od , I suffer from depression ,panic disorder with agoraphobia, I'm noticing blurring of vision of late . I'm on these meds for nine yrs. What should I do,?
Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Please see an ophthalmologist for refractory error evaluation and IOP calculation. Rivotril 0.5mg should not be used regularly for so long.
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FAQs

Q. Does Pulmicort help with cough?

Pulmicort helps relieve cough if it is caused due to asthma. In children, it is used for cough which sounds like ‘dog bark’. This cough occurs due to irritation and swelling of the airways which further makes the airways narrow. As a result, when your child tries to breathe through the narrow passage, it becomes hard to breathe and causes coughing. Pulmicort helps to reduce this irritation and swelling of the airways.

Q. Does Pulmicort raise blood sugar?

If you are taking Pulmicort orally, your blood sugar levels may increase. However, with Pulmicort inhaler, an increase in the blood sugar levels is very rare but may increase only if very high doses are taken for a very long time.

Q. Does Pulmicort cause bone loss?

Pulmicort being a steroid tends to decrease bone density, but this is seen in patients who take Pulmicort in high doses and for a very long time. Take Pulmicort as per the doctor’s advice to decrease the chances of developing decreased bone density.

Q. Does Pulmicort weaken the immune system?

Weakening of the immune system is more common in people who take Budesonide orally (tablet or capsule). With Budesonide inhalation, the immune system weakens only if it is taken in very high doses for a very long time.

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