Average Rating: 2.1 (9 Ratings)

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 1  Overlap asthma Really bloated stomach ,also feel like lungs are getting crowded due to bloat,unbalanced constipation M 66 60 days
200 pg
 1  Onset asthma Huge weight gain stomach body pains 66 68 days
Twice a da
 4  asthma borderline hbp / flatulence/ dermatitis/headache stopped my cronic cough F 70 5 years
 2   Raspiness in voice to the point of being unable to talk on the phone. Had a few days of dizziness and rapid heart rate as well. While this helped to relieve the coughing I had experienced, losing my voice was not an option. The dizziness didnít help either. Was switched to Qvar 80 and that became on even worse nightmare, (see post at ĎQvarí site). F 57 1 months
2 puffs 2X D
 2  Seasonal asthma from allergies Irritability and depression Although this drug helps with shortness of breath I realized it makes me very anxious, angry and depressed. When I quit taking it, it took a few days for this to wear off. I wish someone would explain how this can happen. How can a steroid cause depression and irritability? F 59 10 days
1X D
 2   Insomnia, Borderline High Blood Pressure, Chest Pain in Pectoral Muscle Area. Symptoms started after six months and got progressively worse until I had to stop taking it. 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
 5  asthma Improved asthma symptoms, decreased wheezing and coughing. Absolutely no other side effects. This was the medication that finally let me run without needing any albuterol. And walk in cold weather and not wheeze. F 25 3 days
180mcg 2X D
 1  asthma maintenance while I could never find a pediatrician to admit that this medicine had side effects, this made my son at 5, 6, 7 years of age have trouble sleeping, agitated, quickly became angry, trouble focusing. I took him off the medicine for 3 months and he was a different kid. Put him back on and it was horrible. If you are experiencing similar issues, ask your doctor if your child can take the lower dose of pulmicort. My child ended up switching to the lowest dose of flovent (44) about 90 days ago after trying singulair, asthmanex, flovent 220 and flovent 110. They all gave him steroid-like aide effects. M 8 2 years
180 2X D
 1   Rapid weight gain....in 9 yr old....18 lbs in one year Actually worked quite well to control her symptoms F 10 1 years
2X D

PULMICORT FLEXHALER  (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)