Pulmicort contains budesonide which is a corticosteroid. Budesonide prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Pulmicort is used to prevent asthma attacks. It will not treat an asthma attack that has already begun. It works by decreasing irritation and swelling in the airways, which helps to control or prevent asthma symptoms.
You should not take Pulmicort if you are allergic to budesonide, or if you are having an acute asthma attack.
Before using Pulmicort, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- liver disease;
- herpes simplex infection of your eyes;
- any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection; or
- a history of tuberculosis.
FDA pregnancy category B. Pulmicort is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Budesonide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Pulmicort without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Pulmicort: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- weakness, tired feeling, nausea, vomiting, feeling like you might pass out;
- wheezing or breathing problems after using Pulmicort;
- worsening respiratory symptoms;
- ear pain with fever;
- vision problems; or
- changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).
Less serious Pulmicort side effects may include:
- white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;
- runny or stuffy nose, sneezing;
- sore throat, cough;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain;
- nosebleed; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.