Drug Ratings for PULMICORT

Average Rating: 2.5 (157 Ratings)

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 1  my son was diagnosed with asthma Side effects my son experienced;aggressiveness,weight loss, fidgety, and unable to focus. M 8 2 years
8/27/2014

 1  Cold-induced asthma Lack of focus, aggressive behavior. Our son has been on pulmicort on and off for 2 years. I had always noticed aggressive behavior while taking it. He had just been on it for 2 weeks and his teacher made the comment to me today how "spaced out" he had been the last couple of weeks and that it wasn't like him. Towards us, he'd be aggressive and disrespectful - totally unlike him. I will be avoiding this med at all costs from now on. M 5 1 days
.5mg
2/21/2014

 1  asthma My son too became very agressive on this. I wish I had discontinued it a long time ago because not only are his teeth stained but he is also in the 5th percentile for height. M 10 7 years
9/23/2013

 5  walking pneumonia great for short term use to help with breathing difficulties F 33 3 days
5/2/2013

 2  Severe Asthma/Eosinophilic Esophagi F 6
0.5 1X D
1/15/2013
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 3  Asthma worsened during pregnancy I've had a huge increase on fatigue since starting it, I also have weird bumps and rash behind my ears and along the back of my hairline. I've also had unexplained weight gain. I've had trouble gaining weight all my life due to a fast metabolism(no other medical reason has ever been found). I started the pulmicort, then the next doctors appointment (6 weeks later) I had gained 12 POUNDS 2 lbs per week when before I was gaining 3-4lbs per 6 weeks. Nothing in my diet changed except I now go on 30 minute walks every.single.day. Since gaining the weight I've cut back my portions, added even more fruit and more water and am still going on the walks. I'm still gaining regardless of whatever i do. The container is awkward to take. F 25 4 weeks
90 mcg 2X D
8/19/2012
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 3  Cold to prevent breathing problem My son is 17 months and he will start to take this medication today but I'm scare now reading all this reviews , he was hospitalized ones for breathing problems cause but a cold and cough , this time harms the same but I prevent to be worse giving him albutetol every 4 hours so the doctor tol me to start this pulmucort everyday to prevent to get woes if he get cold specially if he is going to start going to a day care si I don't know what to do ?? He was having some steroid twice a day but I didn't like it I notice changes no sleeping at night waking up in the middle of the night hungry , and his behavior was crazy M 1.5 1 days
8/18/2012
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 2  Mild Persistant Asthma Insomnia, Borderline High Blood Pressure, Upper Chest Pain (Pectoral Muscles). Side efftects started after six months and got progressively worse. It did stop asthma symptoms but the insomnia was horrible. I discontinued taking it and all side effects disappeared. Pulmicort worked very well to control my mild asthma, which was made worse by a case of pneumonia. However, after a year of taking it, I had to stop due to side effects (insomnia, borderline high blood pressure and chest pain near pectoral muscles). For the record, I never had any of these symptoms before, and I ignored them for a few months as my (former)pulmonologist and another pulmonologist said that my side effects were not caused by Pulmicort. As soon as I stopped taking it, however, they went away. Both doctors told me that it is a very small dose which goes directly to the lung and therefore has no systemic effects. Using this logic however, inhaling other drugs (like cocaine for example) should have no systemic effects, which of course is ridiculous. The manufacturer states that 1-3% have these symptoms but downplays them to the point where it appears that they might not be related to the drug. After consultanting with a well-respected microbiologist who researches these and other drugs as well as an allergist and my general practioner, I learned that my side effects were absolutely possible. Even though the steroid dose is relatively small, it can build up in your system and cause problems over time. Fortunately, my asthma is not bothering me now, however I would encourage anyone taking this drug and other inhaled steroids to be very careful before assuming that they're safe to "take for the rest of your life." M 44 12 months
180 MCG 2X D
7/20/2012
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 1  Asthma Steroid Psychosis, delusions, hallucinations, extreme insomnia, anxiety, pressured speech, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, potassium loss. Had the rare side effect of steroid psychosis, with delusions (of grandeur) and hallucinations - ended up in the hospital for 5 weeks. This side effect is rare (approx 1 case in 10,000), but let me tell you, absolutely horrible. After taking it - i was up for 5 days straight. I could only get a bit sleep after taking lorazpam. Blood pressure was through the roof at 166/115. My normal blood pressure is 120/80 or less. It took several years before i could sleep thru the nite again. BE VERY CAREFUL before taking this drug. It is very powerful, and if absorbed into your system, can give you full blown steroid side effects. M 51 1 days
1X D
7/16/2012
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 2  Seasonal Asthma STOPS GROWTH, bad mood, excesiv tireness, vomiting We started to give our 1 year old son Pulmicort for treating seasonal asthma, as indicated by our doctor. It seemed to work Ok when treated for 2-3 weeks, he vomited almost every night between 10-12 pm, and threw away all the phlem inside him. Today he is 5 years old and he is smaller than his friends. Our second kid today has 3 years old and we were giving him pulmicort as well because he is more asthmatic than the first one. The second kid is more sensitive and aggresive when taking pulmicort, but I hadnīt related it to the medicine until reading this page. The other thing that made me do the research is that another doctor told us that it is known that pulmicort stops growth in kids, which is devastating for us seeing the long term effect in our first kid. Please interrogate your doctors about secondary effects on every medicine and do your own research. M 2 2 years
25mg 2X D
2/22/2012

 1  Intermittant Asthma aggressiveness, insomnia, violent behavior toward others, inability to focus and follow direction, moody My 4 year old son was recently prescribed Pulmicort for his intermittant asthma, we were mostly giving it to him at night via nebulizer and then we started noticting his behavior become more aggressive and then he got kicked out of day care at our Gym and the school has had to call 2 days in a row, which finally made the light bulb go off and I realized that it must be a side effect from his meds because he never gets in trouble or behaves this way. He was biting and kicking other kids. Pushing them down. We are stopping the meds today!! Im pissed our doctor didnt warn us about side effects. M 4 21 days
1X D
1/25/2012
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 1  Asthma Severe(separation)anxiety.Fearful.Nightmares.Compulsive biting of finger and toe nails. Aggression. My grandson has been taking Pulmicort(Budesonide)along with Xenopex(Levalbuterol). He went from absolutely LOVING school to throwing up every morning, screaming/crying and being absolutely terrified of leaving his family. After reading these other posts, I'm convinced it's the Pulmicort.It's a damn shame the medical community chooses to conceal this information from the parents of young children(who obviously seem to be affected the most by this insidious drug!!). M 5 4 months
2mL 2X D
1/19/2012
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 2  cold and allergy related cough My heart races for 30 mins or so after taking it; if I eat afterwards I have very strong nausea; sore throat; nose bleeds. It seems to loosen the cough a little bit, but so far hasn't helped. F 32 3 days
1/2/2012
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 4  asthma My son has been more aggressive. However, I will gladly take a more difficult child with the pulmicort over a child who cannot breathe without it. Before this medicine, my son would cough so bad he could not catch his breath. Children die from asthma in other parts of the world. I'm grateful to live in a place where drugs like corterosteroids are available to us. M 3 2 months
12/11/2011

 1  Preventive asthma Nail biting, anger, mood swings , woke up in the midlle of the night, screaming, very bad temper F 3 1 years
11/27/2011

 4  Asthma Bad breath, prone to bronchial infections. I have not experienced the side effects that other people have listed here. However, I started using this medication in my 22 years old. My best guess is that this should not be used for children and possible not for older adults, but it should be okay for young adults. It has worked well to curb my asthma. M 27 5 years
180mg 4X D
8/19/2011
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 1  Yes Our 4 year old daughter experienced nightmares where she would get up screaming but not wake up for several minutes. It seems related to the drug but after we quit giving her the drug, they continued so we are not sure if it is a side effect or just something she is going through. When she was taking the drug she was also extremely sensitive to pain. This is a very strong drug that should be taken seriously. As a father, I tried it myself and was surprised how strong its effects were. Do not be fooled like I was that just because it is administered in the form of a cute colored misting nebulizer, that it is not very potent. F 4 7 days
.5MG 1X D
4/6/2011


History
 2  control asthma symptoms This is a terrible drug for children. When my daughter (age 6) starts to get a cough we give her Pulmicort to help keep it under control. She gets nasty and rude. Her behavior becomes aggressive and she gets very irritable. The doctors tell me that the medicine is not to blame, but them tell me to take her off of the medication. I think the doctors need to read more studies concerning this medicine. I am going to begin researching alternative/natural remedies to help my child. F 6 3 days
180 2X D
3/29/2011

 5  Asthma None that I am aware of. Very healthy otherwise. The only medication I take is 1 puff of pulmicort per day. When allergy season is bad, increase to two puffs. No problems for me. F 63 10 years
1X D
2/24/2011

 2  Young Son Has Asthma Our son, now 5 1/2 yrs old was put on pulmicort around age 3 for intermitent asthma flares that were not controllable without prednisone orally. Long story short, all his behavior problems gradually grew to where we suspected the pulmicort. He had all the behavior issues mentioned here in other posts!!! They started in daycare and followed to Kingergarden. It is not your child, it is the MEDICINE! My wife and I Have been EMTs for 15 years and refused to accept the status quo from the doctors. We were not informed of the side effects other than stunted growth. Our son gets flares from viruses like colds and flu. I also investigated other triggers and through disbelief from my wife, found our son to be allergic to Fleece (polyester found in fleece clothing and blankets). He itches and coughs his way into a flare. We never knew until I relentlessly investigated. I removed all fleece blankets and clothing. We also tried Singulair (EVEN WORSE) and Flovent (Terrible) with worse, rage like behavior. I will NEVER put him on this crap again. I feel if a child has a problem with one corticosteroid, they will have a problem with all. Don't let your doctor tell you different, make them prove it. We Researched a Herbal supplement call PHYTOCORT. It is all natural and created by leading asthma doctors. It is based on ideas stemming from ASHMI asthma treatments. Our son is doing well by removing the fleece triggers and adding the PHYTOCORT. We started pulling the capsule apart and mixing it with yogurt. It tasted bad for him. One day he just said give me that pill and swallowed it. He takes one pill, twice a day now with Albuterol to stop the cough if it occurs. Good luck parents. Question your doctors. They get stuck in their ways and don't want to take the time to explore new treatments. God Bless. M 5 2 years
1X D
2/15/2011
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 3  eosinaphilic esophagitis I would like the parent who reported her 1 y.o. boy got off this drug for EE to contact me. shellylwilkinson@yahoo.com My son has been on for 2 years & is having lots of side effects. I'd like to get him off. Please help!!! He takes it mixed with pure maple syrup and drinks it 30 min. before meals. M 10 2 years
2 respules 1X D
1/29/2011
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 2  Asthma, Pneumonia Uncontrollable mood swings, irritability, heart races, night sweats, crying, fits of anger, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, inability to focus, anxiety, fearlessness 2yr old started pulmicort Nov'10 due to pneumonia. Has been on Singulair daily, Xoponex as needed for wheezing/asthma. Dr. prescribed Pulmicort after bad experiences w/orapred. Had complete fearlessness, climbing, jumping, tackling head on, he was out of control. Behavior is good off meds, has gotten worse on pulmicort. We thought he was bi-polar. He is warm, loving, has a great sense of humor, & loves to play, sing, dance. He is completely different on pulmicort. Moody, aggressive, & just plain MEAN! He hits constantly, smacks us in the face, throw things, pulls hair, & has uncontrollable fits of rage screaming at the top of his lungs. He was initially only doing this to me, my husband, & our 5yr old. Behavior has gotten much worse, to the point where he's lost control in stores, restaurants, & w/our families. We all notice the change. He's lost his appetite, lost weight, & can't sit still. He's happy one minute & a raging monster the next. Acts like he is possessed by the devil! He has a terrible time falling asleep, his heart constantly races. He sweats terribly at night, & started waking up nightly @ 3:30am SCREAMING "mommy I need you!". He wraps his body around my arm and won't let go. When you try to wake him he freaks out screaming. He sniffles constantly, barely smiles & every touch is painful to him. You try to rub his head or tickle him he just screams, "owy, owy!". This is not my child! Af M 2 2 months
5mg 1X D
1/16/2011
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 3  Persistent Cough last season I have been very skeptic about what our pediatrician prescribed to our son last winter (2 yr old then) to have him on a daily dose of Pulmicort. He had a horrible time last winter with almost 6 to 7 ear infections and breathing issues between November and march. Pulmicort does stop the cough but I find the reported issues troubling for continuous usage. Since then we have consulted a Naturopath who had his allergies tested and found him allergic to some of the foods, Mold (very prevelant during late fall and also a warm winter last year) and Dust. So we shielded him from all that, reinforced his immunity to the allergens with daily drops and so far this year has been good. M 3 2 months
2X D
12/20/2010
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 1  allergic asthma panic attacks, emotional/psychological break down,interstitial cystitis. been off of it 10 yrs, and still suffer from extreme exhaustion and insomnia. Try Breathe from New chapter--has changed my life, highly recommend this product, no asthma since taking it, and have not noticed any negative side effects. F 33 3 years
2X D
11/30/2010

 3  Asthma Irritability, unnecessary crying, pee-pee accidents,excessive tiredness, and lately HAIR GROWTH ON BACK, ARMS, UPPER LIPS AND THIGHS Though this medicine worked to control the asthma (atleast it seemed to be), I guess it is not worth the side effects. The other ones mentioned are subtle and cannot pinpoint to the medicine maybe. But the hairgrowth was definitely from the steroid. Wonder what it could be doing internally. F 3 4 months
0.25 & 0.5 2X D
11/29/2010

 1  eosinophilic esophagitis My 18 month old son became very irritable, screaming at the top of his lungs, extreme hyper-activity yet also tired because he was unable to sleep. I have decided as a Mother to not allow my child to be on this medicine any longer! We figured out why he has eosinophilic esophagitis and we can avoid what was causing it. I refuse to make him suffer through this medication! M 1 2 months
2MG 1X D
11/16/2010

 1  asthma, coughing confusion, aggression, loss of bowel control M 3 3 days
2X D
11/16/2010

 2  Asthma Possible mood changes-increased crying, irritability, aggression Urinary incontinence My 3 yr old has been on it since 3 months or so, twice a day (supposed to be on maintanence once a day, but is almost always on yellow zone, so the dose never really goes down). I am not sure if it is really controlling the symptoms as she recently has had asthma symptoms, but does get wheezy/SOB with cold even with the twice daily dose. She is potty trained since almost a year, and almost never had afternoon nap accidents, however, since couple of months, her accidents have increased a LOT. almost every other day, she would wet her bed in the afternoon. I wondered why? I thought maybe the school (though she's going there since 7-8 months), or maybe something she is worrid about. I read other mom complaining fo something similar and maybe now I know why.. F 3 3 months
0.5mg 2X D
11/7/2010
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 1  To minimize sinus polyps Severe pain in my shoulder. I took this medication just once through a nasal rinse before going to bed one evening. I woke up the next morning (VERY early) unable to move because of the severe pain in my shoulder. Pain has lasted for two days but is almost gone now. I will NOT take this medicine again. F 38 1 days
2X D
11/7/2010

 4  Cough-variant asthma during flares None, definitely helped with the mucous that accompanied my son's cough. My son has been taking Pulmicort only when he gets really congested during an asthma flare, normally only taking Albuterol for the regular asthma cough. he has had NO side effects, unlike when he was taking SINGULAIR which gave him all the sides effects others have listed. Wondering if others here take Singulair and are blaming the wrong drug?? Or perhaps it's because he only takes it as needed instead of daily, I don't know, but it sure helps him. M 5 1 years
1 vial 2X AN
11/6/2010
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 3  Asthma - uncontrolled I have always thought I had no side effects, but as I have been looking for answers for extreme fatigue and unexplained weight gain I am wondering about my use of pulmicort. Pulmicort has controlled my asthma, which is why I have taken it for so long. I tried not taking it for about 2 years, and lost 18kg in that time (about 40lbs). Since going back onto Pulmicort that weight has gone back on and no amount of dieting or exercise seems to help. I am also experincing headaches and extreme fatigue which is affecting all areas of my life. I'm not sure if this is due to Pulmicort, but I am certainly looking for alternatives. F 40 20 years
400mg 2X D
10/24/2010

 2  restricted airway disease my son is irritable, has trouble concentrating, moody, angry, and he doesn't sit still. we have had conferences with his teachers regarding his actions and he has trouble in social settings. we were beginnng to think he had ADD or ADHD because of his actions...now we think its the medicine. we are going to try life without pulmicort to see if he can go without since hes never been diagnosed with asthma. M 5 3 years
30mg 1X D
10/23/2010

 2   My son was prescribed Pulmicort together with Xopenex since he was 3. It started as an RSV virus at 2.5 years of age. He had reflux really bad as a baby, I think as a result started being asthmatic with viruses and allergies. The side effects were tremendous: racing heart-rate, aggressive behavior, tremors, nightmares, pain in bones, shooting pain in heart. I was crying because my son turned into another person, I felt like I had a choice betweeen breathing and behavioral change. I felt so bad for him. All the side-effects are not taken seriously by doctors at all. I guess you have to experience this on your own child before you agree to connect the dots. I finally decided to start to treat alternatively. My sister lives in Switzerland where homeopathy is the daily bread next to the common drugs. After finding a md that was also a homeopath, I was able to wean him step by step, still using Pulmicort and Xopenex, but on a much lower level. We discovered that whenever we drove from Michigan to Florida for spring break, his then usually bad asthma reaction from allergies and virus combos, was getting better immediately after we arrived. And then got worse again going back north. After seeing this happen twice, we decided to move down here. And he has needed Pulmicort and Xopenex only once with the swine flu appedemic!!!! Move to warmer climate and close to salt water. The difference is worth the move!!! Learn as much about the way your child can react and then observe very closely. A pulse ox meter at home, there are available on the internet below $200 and a stethoscope will help calm you or alert you to go see the doc or start the meds. It helps tremendously to start relaxing somewhat and not panic every time they start coughing. Doctors don't like the pulse ox, but it has helped to start meds at the right time while we were still in the cold USA and made us go to the ER at the right time, too, instead of waiting for pneumonia. WE NEED TO DEMAND NEW DRUGS FOR ASTHMA!!! I am outraged that we have VIAGRA but no acceptable drugs for Asthma yet!!! M 9 5 years
2X D
8/19/2010
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 3  Asthma Severe insomnia (unable to sleep all night), panic attacks, restlessness, depression. Worked excellently at controlling my asthma, so from that perspective recommended. However the side effects were so bad that I have decided to stop taking the drug after only 10 days. M 35 10 days
?? 2X D
8/16/2010

 1  asthma my 17 year old experienced feelings of anger the steroids in these med's do seem to cause anger, agression and violent behavior. He had the same experience with advair. When I told his doctor he said he was just acting up for attention and refused to switch his meds. I switched doctors and the new doctor confirmed my suspissions that it was the advair. Now he's also having the same problem with pulmicort on to the next one to try. M 17 3 months
180mcg 2X D
3/15/2010

 1  Asthma My son has been taking Pulmicort for 3 yrs as well.I See a change in his behavior and moods and im not happy about it.His Asthma is so bad that im left with no choice but to give it to him.My son Sean suffers so much with his Asthma and Allergies I Feel so bad for him.At times When i would discuss his behavior changes and mood swings with his doctors and ask them could it be his meds they assured me no.Well needless to say I Did my own research and come to find out that alot of kids are experiencing what my Sean is going thru.I Pulled Sean off the Pulmicort for a few months and saw a change right away with him for the better.He wasn't moody and he didnt have a behavior problem.Then his Asthma flared up and i was forced to start him up again and now we are back to having problems with his behavior and mood swings which effect him in school.He can concentrate or sit still and is a different kid on that medicine.At times I Have punished him for his behavior knowing the med causes it but a F 40 3 years
1.5 mg 2x 2X D
2/25/2010
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 4  wheezing, bronchiolitis, pneumonia none Seems to have really helped my 5month old after multiple bouts of bronchiolitis and wheezing; when we tried to wean he develped pneumonia so we went back on, now I'm afraid to wean it again, not sure if it's coincidence or it's keeping the inflammation at bay...... sleeps through the night and very mellow baby, no change M 1 6 weeks
.25mg 2X D
2/20/2010

 1  asthma and allergies insomnia, aggressive, horrible nightmares Our 23 month old was put on this to aid his albuterol. I never knew what was to happen over the next few days. Within 2 days of taking this medication, his whole personality changed. He was aggressive, moody, biting, hitting and withdrawn. The worse thing, was the horrible nightmares. It was extremely hard to console him because we didn't understand what was going on. Screaming through the house, balling-up in corner, yelling "help", but wouldn't not let me touch him. I can't believe there aren't more studies and this behavior. I hope he doesn't remember any of his. Needless to say, he will NEVER take this drug again. F 42 2 weeks
.5mg 2X D
2/17/2010

 1  TO HELP FUTURE WHEEZING MY SON HAS BEEN ON PULMICORT NOW FOR THREE YEARS DUE TO HIS ASTHMA.I ALWAYS FELT HE SHOULDNT BE ON THIS DUE TO IT BEING A STEROID AND I DIDNT FEEL IT WAS NATURAL.I WOULD CONSISTANTLY ASK DOCTORS SHOULD I WEEN HIM OFF,THEY WOULD ALL SAY NO.I DIDNT LIKE THE FACT THAT HE WOULD HAVE TO BE ON IT FOR YEARS, CONSIDERING BONE LOSS, THIS MAKES THE BONES WEAK AND A LOT OF SIDE AFFECTS ARE NOT LISTED, I USED IT I WAS VERY HYPER AND SHAKEY. MY SON RECENTLEY HAD HIS ASTHMA PLAN FOLLOW-UP WITH PC IN N.H.I TOLD HER I WEENED HIM OFF FROM 2X DAY TO 1X THEN AFTER A WEEK OR SO TOOK HIM OFF.SHE SAID PROTOCAL IS IF HE NEEDS ALBUTEROL 2-3 TIMES A DAY 3 DAYS A WEEK HE NEEDS TO GO BACK ON PULMICORT.I TOLD HER AFTER TAKING HIM OFF I NOTICED A TREMOR OR TWITCH IN HIS HEAD, UNVOLUNTERY MOVEMENT IT SEEMS AND I TOLD HER LOOK AT HIS WEIGHT CHART, HE'S IN THE 95%. SHE SAID THE PULMICORT WOULD NOT MAKE HIM GAIN WEIGHT, IT'S SUNCH A SMALL DOSE.I'M NOT A DOCTOR BUT COME ON NOW I FEEL IT'S THE DRUG THAT DID THIS. MY SON REMEMBER THEY DON'T ALWAYS TELL YOU EVERYTHING IN BLACK IN WHITE!!!!!! M 7 3 days
0.25MG 2X D
2/14/2010

 2  Asthma My two year old daughter has been taking this drug for a year and a half with major sleep problems. We started at twice a day but then moved it to once a day to see if we could help her sleep. She has since moved on from restlessness and waking up once a night to waking up every 2 hours screaming her head off, hitting and kicking everything in sight. With all these side effects being reported why do they prescribe it as the number one controller for Asthma in toddlers? F 2 1.5 years
.5 1X D
2/13/2010

 1  Asthma/Reflux Mood swings, depression, anger, hostility, hyperactivity, fatigue...HORRIBLE WHY ARE DOCTORS NOT AWARE OR IN TUNE TO THE SIDE EFFECTS SO MANY OF US ARE REPORTING??? The doctors look at me like I'm crazy when I explain what this medication does to my six year old. Is there an alternative that doesn't have behavioral side effects? M 6 5 days
.25 or .5 1X D
2/9/2010

 1  Asthma Severe back pain between my shoulder blades Took the morning dose for the first time about 15 min. later a severe pain between my shoulder blades started and lasted for several hours. It finally dissappated. Took the afternoon dose and, again, about 15 min. later the back pain appeared again and was still there the following morning. No other item in my schedule was changed except adding the pulmicort. M 71 1 days
180 mcg 2X D
2/7/2010

 3  asthma triggered by a cold severe sleeplessness My son is 2 yrs old. He is taking the lowest dose by nebulizer twice a day. After a week he is having A LOT of trouble sleeping (waking up every 1.5 hrs) Pulmicort does seem to work well but at the expense of sleep. Will try dropping the evening dose. M 2 8 days
1/21/2010
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 3  bronchitis Slight rash My daughter has been on pulmicort breathing treatments with albuterol twice daily for abour 5 days. It does seem to help without noticable side affects. But after reading these post I am thankful that she is only suppose to take the med a few more days. F 2
1/10/2010
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 3  Cough, wheezing, congestion None. My 12-month-old son was started on Pulmicort due to persistent cough, wheezing, and congestion. He takes this twice per day along with albuterol. The albuterol does help his wheezing. I have not noticed a big improvement with the Pulmicort and will be discontinuing it soon, but we saw no side effects from this medicine. M 1 4 weeks
12/2/2009

 1  asthma My son is 5 and his anxiety level is off the charts since this medicine. He is clingy and nervous and extremely moody and explosive. Last night he started freaking out that his eyes were gone. He insisted they were gone and wasn't convinced they were there until I showed him in the mirror. We took him to emergency and they told us Pulmicort can cause psychosis. He still asks me if they are there every once in a while today. His ped told us to take him off - that for us, this medicine is hurting more than helping. Now I have to just keep him from getting a cold or we're screwed. I can't believe there isn't a good alternative out there. M 5 3 years
10/1/2009

 1  nothing Demonic nightmares with auditory hallucinations. No other drug I have ever taken, including pain-killers and steroids, messed with my head like this, and I have had almost all OTC and prescribed drugs for sinus, allergy, asthma, surgery, dental work, and lung infections, including inhaled antibiotics. Immediately relieved the extreme discomfort of life-long bronchiectasis. M 52 20 days
9/30/2009

 2  prevent asthma mood swings, when taken at night the next day she is not the same, very irritable. I even got a call from her teacher who is a PPCD teacher that she was not her norm. My daugher who is DS child has been on this meds and xopenex with neb for about 6 months and I have decided that this is not working. I am glad that I have a pulse sox and a stethoscope to help me keep tract of her breathing. F 49 6 months
9/29/2009
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 1  Asthma Violent aggressive behavior to self and others - biting, punching, slapping, kicking, spitting, yelling. Instigating, tormenting other children. Disobedient and rebellious to any authority figure. Weight gain although diet didn't change. Moody, compulsive finger & toenail biting. Nite bed wetting caused delayed potty training. I'm crying as I read the posts on this site. I just had a behavioral conference for my 4 yr old boy at his preschool last week due to this behavior. My son was started on pulmicort at 2 yrs old after 2 consecutive boughts of pneumonia within a 4 week period and a diagnosis of asthma. It seemed to work so much better than albuterol. The behavior he is currently displaying has carried over from what we chalked up to the "terrible twos". Tha asthma has flared up in the past 2 yrs even with the pulmicort during the cold season. I asked the doctor at his 4 yr check up if the behavior could be from the medicine and didn't get a direct answer. I asked how his lungs sounded and he thought they sounded great. We were advised to wait through the blooming period for seasonal allergies and then stop the meds approx the end of May 2009. He had a flare up at the end of May and I have continued the meds through till last nite. The parent/teacher conference resulted in a daily journal to be passed back and forth from me to teachers. I am AMAZED at how frequent he is displaying these behaviors. I turned to the internet for possible answers and found this site. Every other post is describing my sons behavior. He can be incredibly sweet and loving and is so smart and can turn in an instant. I was actually thinking my 4 yr old could be bipolar! He is off this medicine starting now. I pray the asthma is gone and he can live without this stuff. PLEASE BEWARE OF THIS MEDI M 4 2 years
6/16/2009
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 1  asthma Sleep walking, restlessness,impulsive,moody Only just assosiated sleep problems with this medication. Seems so obvious now. Why don't doctors warn you about the side effects. If anyone has alternatives to Pulmicort please email me M 9 3 years
6/9/2009
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 1  asthma pain in right side of chest/severe dizzy spells, thinning hair, tremors and constant headaches I suffered tremendously with these symptoms when taking Advair several years ago and my doctor said Pulmicort wouldn't do the same. He was very wrong. It took me too many months to realize it was happening all over again. The side effects don't dissappear as soon as you stop taking the medication. It takes time-maybe months. Today I stopped taking Pulmicort. Hopefully the side effects will go away soon! F 39 4 months
6/4/2009

 3  respiratory illness Severe mood swings, Sleep issues, constantly hungry. 18 month old daughter has been on pulmicort twice a day for a week due to respiratory illness and has displayed severe mood swings, sleep issues such as waking at 4am instead of 7 and she is constantly hungry. But the meds are working and make her breathe much more easily. F 1 7 days
5/19/2009

 3  asmatic attack Rapid gain weight and swollen face. Medicine seems had disabled me in many way after starting using it. Nevertheless, they could not discover why I had symptoms like depression, weakness, joints, back, knee and weight gain without having changed my way of life. All people wondered how I could have gained weight.... I hardly could make a talk because orienting and throat disturbance with the voice disappearance. M 67 10 years
5/10/2009

 1  Son has asthma I am writing this for my son. He is 13 and has been taking Pulmicort Turbuhaler for 11 years. He was 2 years old when he was diagnosed. I am absolutely appalled and grateful that I have found this site. My son has been overweight for most of his life and doesn't eat much at all. I have to watch everything that goes in his mouth. He is very athletic and plays football and baseball and does the normal things that boys do. All of the doctors have told me that there is nothing to be concerned about by having him on the Pulmicort. They say that there are not enough studies to confirm the "weight gain" side effect. I thought that I was going crazy, I would count his calories, prepare his lunches for school and always make sure his meals at home were healthy and he is still gaining weight. He is now in the 7th grade and at 206 pounds. He is tall for his age but not enough to carry a 200 pound body. I am infuriated. Thanks for sharing your comments. I have also been reading about the bone loss and possible liver damage that Pulmicort can cause. Why the heck are they prescribing this to us and our children? M 13 11 years
5/4/2009

 4  Asthma Acne, insomnia, waking up in the middle of the night, runny nose once inhaler (by nebulizer) started, eye infection. My children are in day care and the day care provider must think I am abusing my son and neglecting him medically. He is breaking out with small pin-point sized sores all over his handlsome little face. He picks obsessively causing them to bleed. Also picking his nose (which could just be age related but it has increased since starting the med). It does help his asthma and I give it to him once a day at night because he coughs at night if I don't give it. The Flovent wasn't as helpful as he would wake up at night coughing and even a repeat dose of it wouldn't relieve his cough. This med does help greatly but with a lot of side effects. I am not sure if his hyperactivity is just age-related and being filled with energy and happiness or if it is from this medication. He can sit still and isn't constantly hyper but the way he is breaking out on his face is bothersome to me. I am not sure if those areas are itching causing him to pick. I didn't realize this med causes the acne until I read the leaflet in the box today. Now I am relieved it's not something else and nothing that the day care provider or CPS can blame ME for doing or not doing to care for my child appropriately (bed bugs, etc). I have had "dealings" with CPS in the past (domestic violence victim) and everything is a worry to me when it comes to my children. His asthma is improved with only the one dose but the side effects are concerning. But I have to weigh the pros and cons. M 3 5 days
4/11/2009

 5  Asthma symptoms We have not seen any side effects, though my wife think he sometimes has incontinence more frequently when on it. He is actually very tall for his age and is typically healthy and well behaved. Usually we'll see behavior problems when he's starting to have a flare up (check peak flows). This has worked very well for him. My son has used Pulmicort intermittently as needed along with Xopenex. It has been a tremendous help for his asthma. Though he has been on it intermittently for five years (since he was 6 months old) he has probably spent far more time not needing anything. Usually he's on it for 2-5 months out of the year, depending on circumstances, usually brought on by colds or a sudden change in humidity (or a combination). M 6 5 years
4/4/2009

 1  cold-induced asthma aggressive (yelling, hitting, biting), difficulty handling situations (fell apart a lot), sleep issues, potty accidents after being PT for over a year, unhappy, complained of headaches after his treatments, stained teeth (too much of a coincidence for it to be from anything other than pulmicort), etc... My son was put on pulmicort as a preventative every day medicine via a nebulizer during the cold season. He was not on this medicine long enough to know if it made a difference though I did notice a decrease in his nighttime coughing. He became a different child and we never realized how bad it had gotten until we had him off of pulmicort for a few days. He was the little boy he used to be, a normal 3 year old, happy and healthy. The doctor was very hesitant to take him off the treatment, saying that the chances of the side effects we were seeing being from the medicine were so slim and insisted that it was his (my son) way of coping with having 2 younger siblings. He agreed to a 2 week break from the meds and we are so happy with the outcome. So far, no breathing issues and my son is back to his normal self. Shame on me for blaming my son's bad behavior on him and not the medicine. M 3.5 3 months
3/23/2009

 5  asthma NONE! MY 3 YEAR WAS PLACED ON PULMICORT ONCE A DAY... IT'S A MIRACLE. SHE FEELS SO MUCH BETTER, HER COUGH IS BETTER. SHE EVEN BEHAVES BETTER! WE WERE STARTING TO DESCRIBE HER AS A DIFFICULT CHILD... HOW BAD TO I FEEL NOW! IT WAS JUST THAT SHE WAS FEELING SO BAD. WE COULD TELL A DIFFERENCE IN HER BEHAVIOR IN ONE TREATMENT. EVEN HER PRE-SCHOOL TEACHER COMMENTED ON HOW MUCH MORE EVEN TEMPERED SHE HAD BEEN. SOME OF THE COMMENTS HERE SCARED ME AT FIRST BUT IT HAS BEEN GREAT FOR US!!!! F 29 7 days
3/10/2009

 3  Asthma Teeth discoloration, coughing. The doctor prescribed Pulmicort for my 2-year old because she is asthmatic and was hospitalized with pneumonia. It has helped somewhat but I am concerned about her oral health because I cannot get her to rinse (or drink) afterwards and her teeth are getting black. Literarily! She also coughs a lot and I have decided to take her off of it to allow her body heal itself. I am paranoid about her little body becoming dependent on drugs for every cure. F 2 2 months
3/9/2009

 1  Asthma High blood pressure. Neck veins throbbing. Migraine headaches. Fatique, irritability, depression, anxiety, weight gain. It helped control my asthma, in conjunction with albuterol, but at too high a price...I'm now looking for alternative ways to control my asthma. F 32 4 months
2/27/2009

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