BUDESONIDE (bue DES oh nide) prevents the symptoms of asthma. It works by decreasing inflammation of the airways, making it easier to breathe. It belongs to a group of medications called inhaled steroids. It is often called a controller medication. Do not use it to treat a sudden asthma attack.
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Immune system problems
Infection, like chickenpox, tuberculosis, herpes, or fungal infection
Recent surgery or injury of the mouth or throat
Taking corticosteroids by mouth
An unusual or allergic reaction to budesonide, steroids, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medication?
This medication is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Rinse your mouth with water after use. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not mix this medication with other medications in your nebulizer. Do not use more often than directed.
Talk to your care team regarding the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medication?
This medication may interact with the following:
Certain antibiotics such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, and telithromycin
Certain antivirals for HIV or hepatitis
Certain medications for fungal infections such as itraconazole and ketoconazole
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
Flu-like symptoms—fever, chills, muscle pain, cough, headache, or fatigue
Low adrenal gland function—nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual weakness or fatigue, dizziness
Pain, tingling, or numbness in the hands or feet
Sinus pain or pressure around the face or forehead
Thrush—white patches in the mouth
Wheezing or trouble breathing that is worse after use
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
Runny or stuffy nose
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check with your health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. If your symptoms get worse or if you need your short-acting inhalers more often, call your care team right away.
The medication may increase your risk of getting an infection. Stay away from people who are sick. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at a room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not refrigerate or freeze. Keep unopened vials in the foil pouch. When the package has been opened, the shelf life of the unused medication is 2 weeks when protected from light. Unused medication should be returned to the aluminum foil envelope right away to protect them from light. Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
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