Average Rating: 2.5 (172 Ratings)

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 1  Asthma Severe anxiety and depression. Spots in front of my eyes that look like little black floating dots, hoarseness, sore throat, diarrhea, swollen face increased heart rate. And I still have a bad cough even when I take it. Difficulty focusing at work and staying on task. Unusual dreams and loss of appetite. I am supposed to take this twice a day but I cut back to once a day and only take it at night when I go to bed so that I can sleep without the asthma acting up. However, the side effects are not worth the benefit. My doctor told me to discontinue use for 3 to 4 days and see how I responded once I started it again. I had the same exact responses. This medication may work for some people but it did not benefit me due to the severe and numerous side effects from it. F 47 10 days
90mcg 2X D
 1  Asthma Chills, anxiety, couldn't sleep. This is a bad medication! F 64 30 days
180 2X D
 1  Asthma Extreme anxiety, panic attacks, unable to think clearly, unfounded fears, cycling mood swings M 12 3 months
 2  allergic asthma tension, nervousness, insomnia, trouble concentrating, mild depression, irritability, general weakness It does help with the allergic asthma symptoms, but it is hard to put up with the side effects. Also my menstrual cycle has been completely off with bleeding for 2 weeks, since I started the medication. I do not know if this is related. F 40 28 days
400 microg
 5  Allergy asthma I havenít experienced any side effects from the Pulmicort Flexhaler I was prescribed this after a year of chronic rhinitis. Iíve NEVER had allergies or asthma in my life until my last year of my 30ís and itís still an enigma as to ďWHYĒ Pulmicort has improved my way of life and has lessened my 3 to 4xís a day use of Albuterol. Cannot wait to start running again. F 40 8 days
 5  Asthma None Helped me alot F 50 5 days
 1   My son will get a asthma attack on occasion and my wife starts cramming medicine in him. One of the things that has been prescribed to him is pulmicort. When it was given to him before bed he would wake up screaming and completely incoherent. He would have these night terrors and even though he was looking at you and speaking to you, I could tell he wasn't awake. I have forbidden my wife from ever giving him pulmicort again. When your child is screaming as if he is scared to death and nothing you do soothes him, this is a problem. Once he actually wakes up from this he doesn't remember anything. How is this even permissible to ever give to a young child! What if something bad happened? I could never live with myself. This stuff is terrible and I will make sure my son never takes this again. M 7 1 days
 1  Asthma Hyperactivity, can't concentration, inattention, anger, agitation, can't sit still, impulsivity, unable to calm down, bad behavior. Corticosteroids interfere with school. Do not give pulmicort to children at school. They will get in trouble. Their teachers will think they have ADD or ADHD. It's the corticosteroids causing the bad behavior. M 5 1 years
2X D
 5  Asthma Initially thougt i had anxiety but was asthma attack as result of braai smoke. Works well now with no side effects 40 1 days
 1  Asthma My son was on this when he was 2 and despite continuous and routine treatments, he had asthma crisis almost every month. The doctor then decided to increase the medicine strength from .25 to .5. After this increase, he was getting colds, pneumonia, and infections pretty often which lead to asthma attacks. I asked his doctor if this medicine weakened his immune system and he said yes. Then I asked him if it it's weakening his immune system then is it counteracting the goal because every time he is sick, he has asthma attacks. I couldn't get a straight answer. From that moment, I took him off of Pulmicort and told the doctor I still was giving it to him. Since then, my son has no asthma attacks and he's now 14 years old. Avoid this at all cost M 2 1 years
 1  To improve asthma and peakflow Initially went well with a far better peakflow. Woke up at 2 in the morning with tight feeling chest, sweat and anxiety. Took my wifes urbanol and felt better. This turbuhaler is certainly causing anxiety Uses for one day. Initialy thought i found a miracle until anxiety occurred. Too scared to use again. M 39 1 days
 2  Asthma I have severe adrenal gland problems now. Extremely high blood pressure. Have IIH. All probably caused by this drug. I have been on this for 15 years. These last three years have been hell. I started on a higher dose three years ago and within 2 weeks was in the emergency room. Developed panic attacks, high anxiety, constantly light headed and was diagnosed with IIH. It has taken me almost 3 years to overcome all of this somewhat. I only inhale one half dose every three days and this has helped a lot. Drs can's say that this drug is the cause but I can. Now I seemingly have growths on one adrenal gland!! Seemingly Pulmicort can cause that. I would never had started this if I had known but it was a newish drug 15 yrs ago. Stay away from this drug, if you are giving it to your kid please do your research!! F 53 15 days
180 mcg 1X D
 4  Asthma Bone loss, 3 inches in height. Fatigue, adrenal gland problems. When I first started taking it I asked dr about side effects. He said not to worry as I wouldn't be taking it that long. Now it has been 15 years and I can't stop taking it or I can't breathe. F 52 10 years
 1  She has not taken yet My 4 year old daughter is diagnosed with asthma.attacks are sporadic the last one was a week ago,previous to that it was last August.the doctor has been asking is to give her pulmicort.extremely scared of the side effects.Her trigger in August was due to the vacuume Car and put her in right away.2 week ago the trigger was at my sisters house who had brand new carpet put in and she had the windows all open and the weather was below zero.the next morning she got an attack.I just wonder being sporadic in her attacks does she need to be on pulmicort?I have purchased the medication. F 4 3 months
0.5 /2ml/2
 1  Asthma, Preventative Care My daughter had 2 very severe cases of RSV and was hospitalized. She's needed oral steroids for breathing problems with other colds before too. Her Dr prescribed a 2x daily dose of budesonide (pulmicort) and almost instantly she couldn't sleep. I cut it down to once a day (although the Dr said it shouldn't be a problem) and even with just a single dose her behavior changed. She was angry, threw screaming and shaking fits, and eventually woke up at night screaming and shaking violently screaming "No!" for an hour. I went to give her the medicine the next day and she was scared. I finally asked if the medicine hurt her and she said yes. I didn't give it to her and she was fine that night. A complete 180 from the previous weeks of night terrors and bad, aggressive behavior. I feel awful that I subjected my daughter to this drug. F 2 2 months
 1  my son was diagnosed with asthma Side effects my son experienced;aggressiveness,weight loss, fidgety, and unable to focus. M 8 2 years
 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
 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
 5  walking pneumonia great for short term use to help with breathing difficulties F 33 3 days
 2  Severe Asthma/Eosinophilic Esophagi F 6
0.5 1X D


PULMICORT  (BUDESONIDE):  Budesonide is used to control and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by asthma. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It works directly in the lungs to make breathing easier by reducing the irritation and swelling of the airways. This medication must be used regularly to be effective. It does not work right away and should not be used to relieve sudden asthma attacks. If an asthma attack occurs, use your quick-relief inhaler as prescribed.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)