Pulmicort Flexhaler is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat asthma in adults and children six years of age and older. Pulmicort Flexhaler is also known by its drug name, budesonide.
Pulmicort Flexhaler is a member of a class of drugs called corticosteroids, which are drugs that suppress the immune system and decrease inflammation in the body. Pulmicort Flexhaler is believed to work by decreasing inflammation in the lungs, which reduces the risk of bronchospasm (unwanted smooth muscle contraction of the airways).
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Pulmicort Flexhaler is administered twice daily through an aerosol inhaler.
Pulmicort Flexhaler should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.
The FDA-approved label for Pulmicort Flexhaler lists common side effects including the common cold, nasal congestion, sore throat, upper respiratory tract infection, nausea, middle ear infection, and fungal infection.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Pulmicort Flexhaler include severe allergic reactions, suppressed immune function, hypercorticism (hormonal imbalance), decreased bone density, effects on growth in children, glaucoma, and Churg-Strauss syndrome (a disorder marked by blood vessel inflammation).
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Pulmicort Flexhaler — AstraZeneca
Budesonide (Inhalation Route) — Mayo Clinic