What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects people of all ages, though it often begins in childhood.
When you have asthma, you always have inflammation or swelling in the airways of your lungs. You may not feel this inflammation, but your lungs do. It makes breathing more difficult. Uncontrolled inflammation (swelling) makes your airways more sensitive to asthma triggers like pollen, dust, and smoke. Exposure to these asthma triggers can cause constriction (tightening) of the muscles around your airways, leading to asthma symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness of the chest, and coughing. Asthma controller medications can help control the inflammation in your airways and help reduce your sensitivity to asthma triggers.
Asthma control is about managing your asthma daily so you have few or no asthma symptoms in the first place. When your asthma is under control, you can do more of the things you like to do with fewer interruptions due to your asthma.
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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