Pulmicort turbohaler 200 mcg/dose
- Brand: AstraZeneca
- Product Code: ATZ_PMC200
- Availability: In Stock
Contain the active ingredient : Budesonide, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid.
Corticosteroids are hormones that are produced naturally by the adrenal glands. They have many important functions, including control of inflammatory responses. Budesonide is a synthetic (man-made) corticosteroid and is used to decrease inflammation in the lungs. (NB. Corticosteroids are often simply called steroids, but it should be noted that they are very different from another group of steroids, called anabolic steroids, which have gained notoriety because of their abuse by some athletes and body builders.)
When budesonide is inhaled it is absorbed into the cells of the lungs and airways. Here it works by preventing the release of certain chemicals from the cells. These chemicals are important in the immune system and are normally involved in producing immune and allergic responses that result in inflammation. By decreasing the release of these chemicals in the lungs and airways, inflammation is reduced.
In asthma, the airways tighten due to inflammation and can also be blocked by mucus. This makes it difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. By preventing the inflammation and excess mucus formation, budesonide makes it easier to breathe and helps prevent asthma attacks. It does not work to treat an asthma attack.
Budesonide is inhaled into the lungs using either an inhaler or a nebuliser. Inhaling the medicine allows it to act directly in the lungs where it is needed most. It also reduces the potential for side effects occurring in other parts of the body, as the amount absorbed into the blood through the lungs is lower than if it is taken by mouth.
What is it used for?
Budesonide taken by inhaler is known as a 'preventer'. This is because it is taken regularly every day to reduce the inflammation in the lungs and prevent asthma attacks. Symptoms usually start to get better between three to seven days after starting treatment. However, it is important to keep using this medicine regularly, even after your asthma symptoms have improved, in order to prevent them coming back.
Pulmicort respules are used in a nebuliser. A nebuliser is a machine that converts the liquid medicine inside the respules into particles that can be inhaled. It is used to deliver higher doses of the medicine than a standard inhaler. Pulmicort respules may also be used to reduce inflammation in the lungs and help relieve symptoms in children who have had to go into hospital with croup.
Size : 100 dose