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Budesonide Inhaler

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Budesonide Inhaler - What is it for

​Budesonide inhaler is a steroid inhaler that helps to reduce and prevent swelling and inflammation in the lungs. Budesonide inhaler is normally referred to as a ‘controller’ inhaler as it helps to control symptoms such as breathlessness in asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a disease affecting the lungs which make it harder for the person to breathe as the disease gets worse.

Budesonide Inhaler - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Budesonide Inhaler cause?

  • Increase chance of having throat irritation, oral fungal infection (seen as white patches in mouth), hoarseness of voice and coughing
    • You can prevent these side effects by rinsing your mouth with water and spitting the water out after rinsing, after using your Fluticasone inhaler.
    • You can brush your teeth each time after you use your Budesonide inhaler.
    • Using a spacer device can also reduce these side effects.
  • Increase chance of getting lung infection

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Budesonide Inhaler, what precautions must I follow?

Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You are taking oral medications to treat fungal infections such as itraconazole or ketoconazole.

Budesonide inhaler will not stop an asthma attack that has already started as it takes a longer time for the medication to work. Thus, you should always carry a fast-acting inhaler, such as Salbutamol inhaler, that would open up your airways quickly to relieve your breathlessness during an asthma attack. Fast-acting inhalers are normally referred to as ‘reliever’ inhalers.

Please see your healthcare professional if your asthma symptoms get worse. The signs include:

  • Having to use your ‘reliever’ inhaler more often than before
  • Your wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound made while breathing) or chest tightness gets worse
  • Your ‘reliever’ inhaler doesn’t help you as well as before

These symptoms may mean that your condition could be getting worse and you may need extra treatment.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Budesonide Inhaler?

Budesonide Inhaler - Dosage and How to Use

How should Budesonide Inhaler be used?

  • Use your Budesonide inhaler every day to control your condition, unless otherwise informed by your healthcare professional.
  • Please refer to your Budesonide inhaler's patient information leaflet to learn how to use the inhaler.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Budesonide Inhaler - Handling

How should I handle Budesonide Inhaler safely?

Budesonide Inhaler - Storage

How should I store Budesonide Inhaler?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Budesonide Inhaler safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Budesonide Inhaler - Additional Information

​​When should I throw away the medication?

For controller inhalers with dose counter, check the dose counter and change the canister once the dose counter indicates zero [000] doses.

For controller inhalers without dose counter, mark the date of opening and based on the dosing regimen, throw away when the doses are used up.

  • Updated on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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