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1. What Pulmicort Turbohaler is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Pulmicort Turbohaler
3. How to use Pulmicort Turbohaler
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Pulmicort Turbohaler
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Pulmicort Turbohaler is an inhaler. It contains a medicine called budesonide. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘corticosteroids’. It works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.
Your doctor has prescribed this medicine to treat asthma. Your doctor will prescribe two asthma inhalers: Pulmicort Turbohaler and a separate ‘reliever inhaler’.
If you are allergic to budesonide.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Pulmicort Turbohaler if:
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription and herbal medicines. This is because Pulmicort Turbohaler can affect the way some medicines work and some medicines can have an effect on Pulmicort Turbohaler and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Pulmicort Turbohaler is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
If you are using a high dose of Pulmicort Turbohaler your doctor may ask you to carry a steroid warning card. This explains to others about your medication.
If you feel you are getting breathless or wheezy while using Pulmicort Turbohaler, you should continue to use Pulmicort Turbohaler but go to see your doctor as soon as possible, as you may need additional treatment.
Contact your doctor immediately if:
These signs could mean that your condition is not being properly controlled and you may need different or additional treatment immediately.
Use your Pulmicort Turbohaler every day. This helps to prevent asthma symptoms from happening. Your doctor will advise you of the correct dose to treat your asthma. Your doctor will reduce your medication to the lowest dose needed to control your asthma.
Adults and children (13 years and above)
Use your separate ‘reliever inhaler’ to treat asthma symptoms when they happen.
Always keep your ‘reliever inhaler’ with you to use when you need it. Do not use Pulmicort Turbohaler to treat asthma symptoms - use your ‘reliever inhaler’.
Before using Pulmicort Turbohaler for the first time you need to prepare the Turbohaler for use.
Unscrew the white cover and lift it off.
Hold your Turbohaler upright with brown base at the bottom. Do not hold the mouthpiece when you turn the grip. Turn the brown base as far as it will go in one direction. Then turn it back as far as it will go in the other direction. It does not matter which way you turn first. You should hear a click sound. Perform the procedure twice.
The Turbohaler is now ready for use, and you should not repeat the above procedure again. To take a dose, please follow the instructions below.
Every time you need to take an inhalation, follow the instructions below.
1. Unscrew the white cover and lift it off.
2. Hold your Turbohaler upright with the brown base at the bottom.
3. Do not hold the mouthpiece when you load your Turbohaler. To load your Turbohaler with a dose, turn the brown base as far as it will go in one direction. Then turn it as far as it will go in the other direction. It does not matter which way you turn it first. You should hear a click sound. Your Turbohaler is now loaded and ready to use. Only load your Turbohaler when you need to use it.
4. Hold your Turbohaler away from your mouth. Breathe out gently (as far as is comfortable). Do not breathe out through your Turbohaler.
5. Place the mouthpiece gently between your teeth. Close your lips. Breathe in as deeply and as hard as you can through your mouth. Do not chew or bite on the mouthpiece.
6. Remove your Turbohaler from your mouth. Then breathe out gently.The amount of medicine that is inhaled is very small. This means you may not be able to taste it after inhalation. If you have followed the instructions, you can still be confident that you have inhaled the dose and the medicine is now in your lungs.
7. If you are to take a second inhalation, repeat steps 2 to 6.
8. Replace the cover by screwing it back on tightly after use.
9. Rinse your mouth out with water after inhaling your prescribed dose.
Do not try to remove or twist the mouthpiece. It is fixed to your Turbohaler and must not be taken off. Do not use your Turbohaler if it has been damaged or if the mouthpiece has come apart from your Turbohaler.
Wipe the outside of the mouthpiece once a week with a dry tissue. Do not use water or liquids.
When you first see a red mark in the indicator window, there are about 20 doses left. You will then need to see your doctor for another prescription. When the red mark has reached the bottom of the indicator window, you must start using your new Turbohaler.
It is important that you take your dose as stated on the pharmacist’s label or as advised by your doctor. You should not increase or decrease your dose without seeking medical advice. If you use more Pulmicort Turbohaler than you should, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you forget to take a dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose as usual. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Do not stop using this medicine even when your asthma gets better, unless your doctor tells you to.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If either of the following happen to you, stop using Pulmicort Turbohaler and talk to your doctor immediately:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following while taking budesonide they could be symptoms of a lung infection:
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Inhaled corticosteroids can affect the normal production of steroid hormones in your body, particularly if you use high doses for a long time, for example 400 micrograms or more daily for several years. The effects include:
These effects are much less likely to happen with inhaled corticosteroids than with corticosteroid tablets.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
The active substance is budesonide. There are three different strengths.
Pulmicort Turbohaler 100 contains 200 doses (inhalations). Each metered dose contains 100 micrograms of budesonide.
Pulmicort Turbohaler 200 contains 100 doses (inhalations). Each metered dose contains 200 micrograms of budesonide.
Pulmicort Turbohaler 400 contains 50 doses (inhalations). Each metered dose contains 400 micrograms of budesonide.
There are no other ingredients.
Pulmicort Turbohaler is an inhaler containing your medicine. Each Turbohaler contains 50, 100 or 200 doses (inhalations) and has a white body with a brown base.
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Pulmicort Turbohaler is manufactured by
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