How to Use PULMICORT FLEXHALER
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It is understandable if using PULMICORT FLEXHALER feels a little awkward at first, since an asthma inhaler may be new to you. This video will focus on the steps you'll need to follow to properly use PULMICORT FLEXHALER. Watching this video can be helpful if it's your first time using this inhaler or if you're just looking for a little refresher training.
Three Steps to Remember
- Prime the inhaler. You only need to do this the first time you or your child uses a new Pulmicort Flexhaler.
- Load a dose. Holding the inhaler in an upright position, twist the brown grip as far as it will go in one direction, then twist it all the way back in the other direction.
- Inhale the dose. Turn away from the inhaler and breathe out. Then place the mouthpiece in your mouth, close your lips around it, and inhale deeply. Rinse your mouth with water after each dose to reduce the risk of developing thrush. Do not swallow.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PULMICORT FLEXHALER
Important Safety Information
PULMICORT FLEXHALER is not a bronchodilator and should NOT be used to treat an acute asthma attack. If you are switching to PULMICORT FLEXHALER from an oral corticosteroid, follow your doctor's instructions to avoid serious health risks when you stop using oral corticosteroids.
Avoid exposure to infections such as chicken pox and measles. Tell your doctor immediately if exposed. Inhaled corticosteroids may cause a reduction in growth rate. The long-term effect on final adult height is unknown.
Rare instances of glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, cataracts have been reported following the inhaled administration of corticosteroids.
PULMICORT FLEXHALER contains small amounts of lactose, which contains trace levels of milk proteins. In patients who have severe milk protein allergy (not those who are lactose intolerant) cough, wheezing, or bronchospasm may occur.
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all your health conditions, and all medicines you may be taking
As with other inhaled asthma medications, bronchospasm, with an immediate increase in wheezing, may occur after dosing. If bronchospasm occurs following dosing with PULMICORT FLEXHALER, it should be treated immediately with a fast-acting inhaled bronchodilator. Treatment with PULMICORT FLEXHALER should be discontinued and alternate therapy instituted.
The most commonly reported side effects in clinical trials include inflammation of the nose and throat, nasal congestion, sore throat, nasal allergies, viral upper respiratory tract infection, and thrush in the mouth and throat.
PULMICORT FLEXHALER (budesonide inhalation powder, 90 mcg & 180 mcg), an inhaled corticosteroid, is used for the maintenance treatment of asthma in adults and children 6 years or older.
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