Pulmicort is a corticosteroid. Pulmicort is prescribed in the treatment of Crohn's disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease.
Pulmicort is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Any active infection;
- Immune system problems;
- Liver disease;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Pulmicort, other corticosteroids, drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
Do not take Pulmicort with any of the following drugs:
- Grapefruit juice;
Pulmicort side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Changes in vision;
- Fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough, or other signs of infection, wounds that will not heal;
- Frequent passing of urine;
- Increased thirst;
- Mental depression, mood swings, mistaken feelings of self-importance or of being mistreated;
- Pain in hips, back, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs;
- Severe stomach pain;
- Swelling of feet or lower legs;
- Unusually weak or tired;
- Increased appetite;
- Skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin;
CHILDREN 12 MONTHS TO 8 YEARS OF AGE
The usual dosage depends on the child's previous treatments for asthma.
If fast-acting bronchodilators alone have been prescribed previously, the usual starting dose is 0.5 mg daily. (A dose of 0.25 mg taken once daily may be prescribed if the child has failed to respond to non-steroidal therapy.) The maximum long-term dosage is 0.5 mg daily.
If inhaled steroids have been prescribed previously, the usual starting dose is 0.5 mg. The maximum long-term dosage is 1 mg daily.
If oral steroids have been prescribed previously, the usual starting dose is 1 mg. The maximum long-term dosage is also 1 mg daily.
The daily dosage may be taken in a single dose or divided into 2 doses if once-daily treatment does not adequately control asthma symptoms. Once asthma symptoms are controlled, the dose may be gradually lowered.
Children already taking oral steroids will continue to do so while starting therapy with Pulmicort Respules, Budecort Inhaler, Budez, Budesonide Respules. After one week, the doctor will lower the dose of the oral steroids, then gradually lower it further at one- or two-week intervals.