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Pulmicort turbuhaler also known as Budesonide Turbuhaler is used to help prevent the symptoms of asthma. When used regularly every day, inhaled budesonide decreases the number and severity of asthma attacks. However, it will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started. Budesonide is a corticosteroid or steroid (cortisone-like medicine). It works by preventing inflammation (swelling) in the lungs, which makes the asthma attack less severe. Inhaled budesonide may be used with other asthma medicines such as bronchodilators, which are also used to open up narrowed breathing passages in the lungs. You may notice a benefit within 24 hours of starting this drug. It may take 1-2 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Infrequently, this medication may cause severe sudden worsening of breathing problems/asthma immediately after use. If you have sudden worsening of breathing, use your quick-relief inhaler and seek immediate medical attention. Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: How long does it take Pulmicort Turbuhaler to work?
A: You may notice a benefit within 24 hours of starting this drug. It may take 1-2 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.
Q: What special dietary instructions should I follow?
A: Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
Q: What should I do if I forget a dose?
A: Skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one.