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Pulmicort Respules 0.5mg
Pulmicort® Respules® 0.5 mg, Nebuliser Suspension
1. What Pulmicort Respules are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you use Pulmicort Respules
3. How to use Pulmicort Respules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Pulmicort Respules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Pulmicort Respules contain 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.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Pulmicort Respules, tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 Respules can affect the way some medicines work and some medicines can have an effect on Pulmicort Respules 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 Respules are not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Your doctor will tell you how much to take. This will depend on how severe your asthma is. Your doctor may lower your dose as your asthma improves.
The recommended dose for infants and children is 2 mg a day. This may be given all in one go, or 1 mg may be given followed by another 1 mg 30 minutes later.
1. Break off a Respule from the strip. Leave the rest in the foil envelope.
2. Shake the Respule gently.
3. Hold upright. Twist off the top of the Respule to open.
4. Place the open end of the Respule firmly inside the nebuliser cup. Squeeze slowly to put the liquid in the cup.
5. Throw the empty Respule away. Put the top back on the nebuliser cup.
6. Connect one end of the cup to the face mask or mouthpiece.
7. Connect the other end of the cup to the air pump.
8. Gently shake the cup.
9. Turn on the nebuliser and breathe in the mist calmly and deeply using the face mask or mouthpiece. If you are using a face mask, make sure the face mask fits tightly.
10. You will know when your treatment is complete because the fine mist will stop coming out of your mask or mouthpiece.
11. How long it takes to nebulise all the medicine depends on the type of equipment you use. It will also depend on the amount of medicine to be used.
12. Rinse your mouth with water. Spit out the water. Do not swallow it. If you have used a face mask, wash your face as well.
13. After each use, you must wash the nebuliser cup and mouthpiece (or face mask) in warm soapy water and rinse well. After washing, dry these parts by connecting to the air outlet or the compressor and blow air through them.
If you feel you are getting breathless or wheezy while using Pulmicort Respules, you should continue to use Pulmicort Respules 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.
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 Respules 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.
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.
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. 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 side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme. Website: 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. Each Pulmicort Respule 0.5 mg contains 0.5 mg of the active ingredient, budesonide.
The other ingredients are disodium edetate, sodium chloride, polysorbate 80, citric acid, sodium citrate and water for injections.
Each Respule contains 2 millilitres (ml) of sterile solution.
The solution must be nebulised (made into a fine mist) before it can be breathed in.
Pulmicort Respules 0.5 mg are packed in strips of 5 inside a foil envelope. Each carton contains 20 Respules.
The Marketing Authorisation for Pulmicort Respules 0.5 mg is held by
Pulmicort Respules 0.5 mg are manufactured by
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This leaflet was last revised in October 2022.
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