Pulmicort Turbohaler

Pulmicort inhalers contain a medicine called budesonide. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids. It works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.

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What is Pulmicort Turbohaler?

Pulmicort Turbohaler is an inhaler. It contains a medicine called budesonide. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’. It works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.

Your doctor has prescribed this medicine to treat asthma.

Use Pulmicort Turbohaler every day, this helps to prevent asthma symptoms from happening.

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How to use Pulmicort Turbohaler

It is important to use Pulmicort Turbohaler every day, even if you have no asthma symptoms at the time.

Your breathing may improve within 2 days. However, it can take up to 4 weeks for the medicine to have its full effect.

 

Important information about your asthma symptoms

If you feel you are getting breathless or wheezy while using Pulmicort Turbohaler, you should continue to use Pulmicort Turbohaler but go to see your doctor as soon as possible, as you may need additional treatment.

 

If your doctor has told you to use your Turbohaler twice a day:

Adults and children (13 years and above)

The recommended dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, twice a day (in the morning and in the evening).

Your doctor may increase this to a maximum of 1600 micrograms a day.

If your asthma is getting worse and you are using your ‘reliever inhaler’ more often or you have more symptoms:

  • double your dose of Pulmicort Turbohaler immediately and talk to your doctor as soon as possible
  • double your dose by taking twice as many inhalations each time.

 

If your doctor has told you to use your Turbohaler once a day:

Adults and children (13 years and above)

The recommended dose is 1 or 2 inhalations, in the evening.

If your asthma is getting worse and you are using your ‘reliever inhaler’ more often or you have more symptoms:

  • double your dose immediately and talk to your doctor as soon as possible
  • double your dose by taking the same number of inhalations your doctor has told you twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening).

If you use more Pulmicort Turbohaler then you should

You should not increase or decrease your dose without seeking medical advice. If you use more Pulmicort Turbohaler than you should, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

 

If you forget to use Pulmicort Turbohaler

If you forget to take a dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

 

If you stop using Pulmicort Turbohaler

Do not stop using this medicine even when your asthma gets better unless your doctor tells you to.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How to take an inhalation?

Every time you need to take an inhalation, follow the instructions below.

  1. Unscrew the white cover and lift it off.
  2. Hold your Turbohaler upright with the brown base at the bottom.
  3. Do not hold the mouthpiece when you load your Turbohaler. To load your Turbohaler with a dose, turn the brown base as far as it will go in one direction. Then turn it as far as it will go in the other direction. It does not matter which way you turn it first. You should hear a click sound. Your Turbohaler is now loaded and ready to use. Only load your Turbohaler when you need to use it.
  4. Hold your Turbohaler away from your mouth. Breathe out gently(as far as is comfortable). Do not breathe out through your Turbohaler.
  5. Place the mouthpiece gently between your teeth. Close your lips. Breathe in as deeply and as hard as you can through your mouth. Do not chew or bite on the mouthpiece.
  6. Remove your Turbohaler from your mouth. Then breathe out gently. The amount of medicine that is inhaled is very small. This means you may not be able to taste it after inhalation. If you have followed the instructions, you can still be confident that you have inhaled the dose and the medicine is now in your lungs.
  7. If you are to take a second inhalation, repeat steps 2 to 6.
  8. Replace the cover by screwing it back on tightly after use.
  9. Rinse your mouth out with water after inhaling your prescribed dose.

Do not try to remove or twist the mouthpiece. It is fixed to your Turbohaler and must not be taken off. Do not use your Turbohaler if it has been damaged or if the mouthpiece has come apart from your Turbohaler.

Side effects & precautions

Do not use Pulmicort Turbohaler:

If you are allergic to budesonide.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby speak to your doctor first before using.

If you get pregnant while using Pulmicort Turbohaler, do not stop using Pulmicort Turbohaler but talk to your doctor immediately.

Side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Common

  • Thrush (a fungal infection) in the mouth. This is less likely if you rinse your mouth out with water after using your Turbohaler.
  • Mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice.
  • Pneumonia (infection of the lung) in COPD patients.

Uncommon

  • Feeling worried, restless and nervous.
  • Depression.
  • Trembling and shaking.
  • Cataract (clouding of the lens in the eye).
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Blurred vision.

These effects are much less likely to happen with inhaled corticosteroids than with corticosteroid tablets. For a full list of reported side effects refer the attached patient information leaflet.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

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