- What is budesonide inhaler, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for budesonide inhaler?
- Is budesonide inhaler available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for budesonide inhaler?
- What are the side effects of budesonide inhaler?
- What is the dosage for budesonide inhaler?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with budesonide inhaler?
- Is budesonide inhaler safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about budesonide inhaler?
What is the dosage for budesonide inhaler?
Budesonide is used to prevent asthmatic attacks and should not be used to treat an acute attack of asthma.
The Pulmicort Flexhaler
- The Pulmicort Flexhaler is used for individuals six years of age or older.
- Effects can be seen within 24 hours, but maximum effects may not be seen for 1-2 weeks or longer.
- Doses vary widely.
- Adults usually receive 2 to 4 puffs twice daily.
- The starting dose for also is 2 to 4 puffs twice daily.
- For those with mild asthma, treatment once daily may be sufficient.
- Pulmicort is used for individuals 12 months to eight years of age.
- Effects are seen in 2 to 8 days, but maximum effects may not be seen for up to 4 to 6 weeks.
- The usual dose is 0.5-1 mg daily taken in one or two divided doses. A lower starting dose of 0.25 mg once a day may be sufficient in some individuals.
Which drugs or supplements interact with budesonide inhaler?
When budesonide is given with strong liver enzyme inhibitors (CYP 3A4 inhibitors) such as ketoconazole and other drugs including ritonavir (Norvir), atazanavir (Reyataz), clarithromycin (Biaxin, Biaxin XL), indinavir (Crixivan), itraconazole (Sporanox, Onmel), nefazodone, nelfinavir (Viracept), saquinavir (Invirase) and telithromycin (Ketek), the concentration in blood of budesonide may rise increasing the probability of an individual experiencing more side effects.
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