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Easyhaler Budesonide 100 micrograms/dose
Easyhaler Budesonide 200 micorgrams/dose
Easyhaler Budesonide 400 micrograms/dose
1. What Easyhaler Budesonide is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Easyhaler Budesonide
3. How to use Easyhaler Budesonide
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Easyhaler Budesonide
6. Contents of the pack and other information
The active ingredient in Easyhaler Budesonide is budesonide. Budesonide powder is packed in an inhaler. You inhale the powder into your lungs through the mouthpiece of the inhaler. Budesonide works by reducing and preventing swelling and inflammation in your lungs.
Easyhaler Budesonide is a medicine called “preventer”. It is used to prevent symptoms of asthma. It belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids.
Budesonide will NOT stop an asthma attack that has already started. Therefore you always need to have a fast acting bronchodilating “reliever” (a beta2-agonist) with you.
The effect of budesonide may be noticeable after a few days treatments but will only reach its maximum after a few weeks. You should use Easyhaler Budesonide regularly to prevent the asthmatic inflammation. Go on taking this medicine regularly according to instructions, even if you don’t have any symptoms.
Contact your doctor so that your medicine can be changed to another.
Tell your doctor before you use Easyhaler Budesonide, if you have:
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
Rinse your mouth after inhaling your dose in order to avoid fungal infection in the mouth.
Easyhaler Budesonide is not recommended to be used in children who are younger than 6 years.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without prescription.
Some medicines may increase the effects of Easyhaler Budesonide and your doctor may wish to monitor you carefully if you are taking these medicines (including some medicines for HIV: ritonavir, cobicistat).
Tell your doctor, if you are using:
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine. It is important for both foetus and mother to maintain an adequate asthma treatment during pregnancy. As with other drugs administered during pregnancy, the benefit of the administration of budesonide for the mother should be weighed against the risks to the foetus. The lowest effective dose of budesonide needed to maintain adequate asthma control should be used.
Easyhaler Budesonide is not known to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Easyhaler Budesonide inhalation powder contains a small amount of lactose, which probably does not cause problems even if you have lactose intolerance. If you have been told by your doctor that you have intolerance to some sugars, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
Lactose contains small amounts of milk proteins, which may cause allergic reaction.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacies if you are not sure.
Your doctor has prescribed a suitable strength and dose for you. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
Replacing corticosteroid tablets with Easyhaler Budesonide:
Tell your doctor, if you use corticosteroid tablets (e.g. cortisone tablets) to treat your asthma.
Your doctor may ask you to gradually reduce the number of tablets and finally stop the treatment within a few weeks. If you feel unwell during this transfer period, contact your doctor, but do not stop using Easyhaler Budesonide.
While the treatment continues your doctor may from time to time adjust the dose to find the lowest dose needed to control your asthma (the maintenance dose).
If Easyhaler Budesonide is to be used by your child, make sure that he/she can use it correctly.
In addition to the preventer, Easyhaler Budesonide, you also need a bronchodilating reliever:
Budesonide will NOT stop an asthma attack that has already started. Therefore you always need to have a fast acting bronchodilating reliever (a beta2-agonist) with you in case of acute symptoms of asthma.
If you regularly use a reliever inhaler (beta2-agonist), you should inhale it before Easyhaler Budesonide (preventer).
Worsening of the asthma symptoms during the treatment:
Contact your doctor as soon as possible, if:
Your asthma may be getting worse and you may need an extra treatment.
If you have taken a larger dose or more doses than you were told to, tell your doctor as soon as possible. You should continue to use Easyhaler Budesonide unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
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 have missed a dose, take one as soon as possible, or you can just take the next dose when it is due. It is best to take your medicine at the same time each day.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Do not stop using Easyhaler Budesonide without consulting your doctor. If you stop using this medicine abruptly, it may make your asthma worse.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
The instructions on how to use the inhaler are at the end of the leaflet.
Like all medicines, this medicine can also cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Irritation in throat, swallowing difficulties, cough and fungal infection (thrush) in mouth or throat. If you get any of these side effects, do not stop taking Easyhaler Budesonide. Talk to your doctor.
You can help to prevent the above mentioned side effects by rinsing your mouth and throat with water or brushing your teeth after every time you haven taken a dose. Do not swallow the rinsing water, spit it out.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Anxiety, depression, cataract, blurred vision, muscle spasm and tremor.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
Too much or too little cortisol in blood. Underactive adrenal gland (gland next to kidneys). Skin rash, itching, bruising, hoarseness, restlessness and nervousness. Growth retardation in children. Behavioural changes especially in children.
Rare serious allergic reaction:
If itching, rash, reddened skin, swelling of the eye lids, lips, face or throat, wheezing, low blood pressure or collapse appear shortly after taking a dose, act in the following way:
Shortness of breath immediately after dosing:
Rarely, inhaled drugs can cause an increase in wheezing and shortness of breath (bronchospasm) immediately after dosing. If this occurs:
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
Glaucoma. Decrease in bone mineral density (weakening of the bones).
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
Sleeping problems, aggressiveness, increased motor activity (difficulty to stay still) and irritable. These effects are more likely to occur in children.
If you think you might have any of these rare side effects, or if you are worried about the possibility of them, talk to your doctor.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme, www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Before the first use: store in unopened foil bag.
After opening the foil bag: store below 30°C protected from moisture. It is recommended to keep the Easyhaler in its protective cover.
Replace Easyhaler Budesonide with a new at the latest 6 months after you opened the foil bag. Write down the date you opened the bag to help you remember.
If your Easyhaler Budesonide gets damp, you need to replace it with a new one.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton.
Do not throw away any medicines via household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
White or almost white powder.
Easyhaler Budesonide 100 microg/dose inhalation powder
Easyhaler Budesonide 200 microg/dose inhalation powder
Easyhaler Budesonide 400 microg/dose inhalation powder
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:
Finland, Hungary, Germany Budesonid Easyhaler
Spain Budesonida Easyhaler
Belgium, Poland Budesonide Easyhaler
Netherlands Budesonide Orion Easyhaler
United Kingdom Easyhaler Budesonide
Slovenia Budesonid Orion Easyhaler
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta Giona Easyhaler
This leaflet was last revised on 20/07/2022
Detailed and updated information on how to use this product is available by scanning this QR code (included also on outer carton and inhaler label) with a smartphone. The same information is also available on the following URL: www.oeh.fi/bugb
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