What is Budesonide Salbutamol?
Budesonide Salbutamol is a steroidal medication that prevents the release of certain inflammation causing substances in the body. It is prescribed for the prevention of asthma attacks. However, it will not treat an asthma attack that has already occurred. Budesonide Salbutamol is sold under various trade names, a couple of which are Pulmicort Respules and Budesal Respules (made by Cipla).
Important Information about Budesonide Salbutamol
Do not use Budesonide Salbutamol asthma medication (Pulmicort Respules, Budesal Respules) if you are allergic to it, or if you are having an acute asthma attack. Budesonide Salbutamol is classified as an FDA pregnancy category B drug which means that it is not expected to harm an unborn baby if taken while being pregnant. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medication can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Do not take Budesonide Salbutamol without your doctor’s advice if you are breast feeding a baby.
Budesonide Salbutamol will not treat an asthma attack that has already started. In such an event, a fast acting inhalation medicine is recommended. Contact your doctor if your asthmatic condition doesn’t improve after using this medication for 2 weeks or if you think that you asthma medications are not working as they should be. An increased need for medication could be an early indication of a serious asthma attack.
If you also use an oral steroidal medication, do not stop using it suddenly or you may experience undesired and nasty withdrawal symptoms. You must gradually decrease the dosage before stopping completely. Ask your doctor about this.
Budesonide Salbutamol is a steroid. Steroids can affect growth in children. This medication must be used with caution in children. You must monitor your child’s growth while he or she is taking this medication. Let your doctor know immediately if you observe any anomaly in your child’s growth. Budesonide Salbutamol is not recommended for children younger than 6 years old without proper medical advice.
Prolonged use of steroids may lead to bone loss (osteoporosis). The risk increases greatly for people who smoke, do not exercise, do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in their diet, or if they have a family history of osteoporosis. Ask your doctor about individual risks.
Before using Budesonide Salbutamol
Before using Budesonide Salbutamol (Pulmicort Respules, Budesal Respules), let your doctor know if you have any drug allergies or if you are having or ever had any of these conditions: liver disease, osteoporosis, herpes simplex infection of your eyes, any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or a history of tuberculosis.
How should I use Budesonide Salbutamol?
While using Budesonide Salbutamol (Pulmicort Respules, Budesal Respules), you must follow your doctor’s directions properly on this medication’susage. All medications also come with a patient leaflet with complete information and instructions on how to use the medicine. Refer it for more details.
To reduce the chances of yeast infection in your mouth, rinse your mouth properly with water after using Budesonide Salbutamol asthma medication. Asthma is usually treated with a combination of several medications. Take all the medications exactly as directed by your doctor. Steroids can lower white blood cells and make you prone to infections. Be careful and avoid close contact with sick people or hospital (or similar) surroundings. Always store Budesonide Salbutamol in a cool and dark place, away from heat, light and moisture.
What if I miss a dose?
Do not miss a single dose of any medications. However, if you miss a dose of Budesonide Salbutamol due to uncontrollable reasons, use it as soon as you remember it. Do not use the skip dose if it is time already for the next scheduled dose. Taking multiple doses close to each other can be harmful.
What if I overdose?
An overdose of Budesonide Salbutamol asthma medication is not expected to cause a dangerous or life threatening effect. However, prolonged use of high steroid doses can cause thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in fat deposition in the body, increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, loss of libido, or impotence.
What should I avoid while using Budesonide Salbutamol?
While using Budesonide Salbutamol, avoid close contact with sick people, especially people with contagious diseases. Also, avoid being near a hospital or similar surroundings.
Budesonide Salbutamol Side Effects
Some common side effects of Budesonide Salbutamol asthma medication are dry or irritated throat, hoarseness, voice changes, bad taste in mouth, runny nose, or bleeding from nose. If any of these side effects persist or deteriorate, contact your doctor immediately.
Budesonide Salbutamol may lower your immunity. Contact your doctor right away if you have persistent sore throat, fever, ear pain, or chills. Some rare but serious side effects of this medication include severe breathing or asthma problems after use, unusual tiredness, vision problems, easy bruising or bleeding, puffy face, unusual hair growth, mood or behavior changes, muscle pain or weakness, or increased urination or thirst.
The side effects listed above are non exhaustive. You may experience some other side effects not mentioned in this guide. Seek immediate medical attention in case of a serious side effect due to Budesonide Salbutamol.
Budesonide Salbutamol Dosing Information
Budesonide Salbutamol dosage depends on a variety of factors like age, sex, seriousness of condition, or drug allergies among several other factors. Always use the correct dose as decided by your doctor. Do not change the dosage under any circumstances.
Interaction with other drugs
Other drugs can interact with Budesonide Salbutamol and cause harmful effects. Let your doctor know in advance if you are using any other medications, especially these ones: HIV/AIDS medicines (nelfinavir or ritonavir), an antibiotic (clarithromycin or erythromycin), an antifungal medicine (itraconazole or keoconazole), an SSRI antidepressant (fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, or paroxetine), or a tricyclic antidepressant (amitriptyline, doxepine, imipramine, nortriptyline, and others).
The drugs mentioned above are not the only ones that can interact with Budesonide Salbutamol. Never start a new medication without proper medical advice.
|US Brand Name||Pulmicort Respules|
|Strength||0.5mg / 2.5 ml|
|Generic Name||Budesonide Salbutamol|