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About Pulmicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400)
Pulmicort Turboinhaler is a steroidal preventer inhaler containing Budesonide. This inhaler is used twice daily to prevent inflammation in the airways to limit symptoms of asthma and attacks.
Pulmicort is available for adults over the age of 18 years to buy from The Independent Pharmacy for those that have had a previous prescription of this treatment from their GP. Just complete an online consultation for our medical team today and get quick, convenient home delivery.
Pulmicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400) information
What is Pulmicort and what is it used for?
Pulmicort Turbohalers are a preventative everyday treatment for the symptoms of asthma. This inhaler will help to control your asthma, as well as help prevent future attacks. Pulmicort works by reducing the inflammation within the airways, making it much easier to breathe. This is done with an active ingredient called budesonide, a corticosteroid.
Pulmicort is a popular alternative to aerosol inhalers. The medicine is present in powder form, and the device is activated by simply twisting its base and inhaling from the mouthpiece. This means that fewer steps and less coordination are required. The device also features an indicator window, which displays how many dosages are left.
Three different strengths of turbohaler are available. They come in dosages of 100, 200 and 400 micrograms. Your doctor will prescribe the strength that is appropriate for you – this will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your asthma, your age, and your medical history.
What is asthma?
In The United Kingdom, asthma is believed to affect over 5 million people. The condition is caused by an inflammation of the bronchi, which are the tubes that connect the lungs to the windpipe. This inflammation results in the airway passages contracting. It also increases the production of phlegm, which will further increase the obstruction in the airways. This leads to asthma symptoms, which include:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness of the chest
How does Pulmicort work?
Preventer inhalers, such as Pulmicort, reduce the inflammation in the bronchi that can lead to an asthma attack. Once budesonide enters the lungs, it prevents the localised cells from producing the chemicals necessary for causing inflammation. When used every day, Pulmicort will effectively manage the inflammation of the airways, reducing your risk of experiencing asthma symptoms. You should continue to use Pulmicort turbohalers even if your symptoms improve - to prevent your breathing problems from returning.
Importantly, preventer inhalers are not designed to treat asthma immediately. This product will not provide any relief during an asthma attack. For this reason, you should always carry a reliever inhaler too such as Ventolin. You will likely be prescribed Pulmicort alongside a reliever inhaler, in order to effectively control your asthmatic symptoms.
Alternatives to Pulmicort
Asthma is not a condition that can be effectively treated with over-the-counter medications. If you are looking for another treatment or want to swap inhalers you will need to broach this subject with your GP at your regular asthma review. Please do not 'Try' a new inhaler without seeing your GP first.
We recommend you have a regular check-up with your regular GP to ensure your inhalers are still keeping your asthma controlled and are still the best course for you.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Do not use this turbohaler if you are allergic to budesonide.
Before using Pulmicort, inform your doctor if you have:
- A lung infection
- A cold or chest infection
- A liver disorder
- Any history of tuberculosis
Inform your GP or pharmacist if you are currently taking or intend to take any of the following medicines:
- Any other steroid-based medicines
- Antifungal medicines (e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole)
- HIV medicines (e.g. nelfinavir, ritonavir)
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
How to use Pulmicort
The recommended dose of Pulmicort will vary depending on the severity of your asthma and the strength of your inhaler. Check with your doctor to ensure you are using the correct dosage.
- Generally, you will be advised to take 1-2 puffs from a Pulmicort turbohaler, twice a day. It is most effective at controlling inflammation when it is used every day.
After using the turbohaler, remember to brush your teeth and/or rinse your mouth. This will prevent oral side effects from developing.
The active ingredient contained in Pulmicort turbohalers is: Budesonide.
Because the budesonide is present in dry powder form, no additional ingredients are necessary.
Pulmicort Side Effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Pulmicort turbohalers, however, if you do they can include:
- Sore throat
- Thrush (fungal infection) of the throat or mouth
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Pulmicort Turbohaler (100, 200 & 400) FAQs
There are two types of inhaler: preventers and relievers. Preventer inhalers, such Pulmicort are used daily to control inflammation in the airways, which reduces the risk of an asthma attack occurring. It will not provide relief from an asthma attack.
Reliever inhalers treat asthma attacks and are used only when necessary. Reliever inhalers include Ventolin, Salamol, and Airomir.
The active ingredient starts to work immediately, and you will likely notice an improvement in your breathing problems within a three to five days of daily use.
The turbohaler is available in strengths of 100, 200 and 400 micrograms. Your doctor will prescribe the strength appropriate for you – this will depend on a number of factors including the severity of your asthma, your age, and your medical history. Generally, you will be advised to take one or two puffs twice per day.
If your asthma is very severe, your doctor will increase your recommended dose, but it will not exceed 1600mcg per day.
No – do not switch between inhalers such as Clenil, Pulmicort, and Qvar.
Because they have slightly different active ingredients, your treatment will not be effective, and your risk of side effects will increase.
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You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Pulmicort turbohalers to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
Pulmicort turbohalers are a prescription-only asthma treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of 2 inhalers at one time.
This allows us to balance offering our patients an adequate supply of treatment with regular checks on their condition, symptoms, and effectiveness of their treatment. This model ensures the perfect mix of convenience with optimal health and safety.
If you have no adverse effects and your asthma is well controlled, you can log in and easily re-order another supply.
The active ingredient in Pulmicort turbohalers is budesonide. The amount present in each inhalation will vary according to the strength of the inhaler.
The budesonide contained in the inhaler enters the lungs and restricts the body's production of chemicals which cause inflammation. This eases your breathing problems and reduces your risk of an asthma attack.
Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Pulmicort turbohalers are available f or next- day delivery.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Pulmicort turbohalers online.
The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.
- There are many advantages to buying asthma treatments online, some include:
- It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Pulmicort turbohalers and other asthma treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
Pulmicort turbohalers are available on the NHS from your GP if you have been diagnosed with asthma, exercise-induced wheezing or breathing problems due to allergens. This is normally where we suggest people start their treatment, to ensure that their condition is properly diagnosed and any possible serious symptoms are addressed.
Many people can find it difficult to fit in time to see their GP or hard to get an appointment at all! It can, therefore, be more convenient to order your treatment online and have it delivered to your home or work address with minimum fuss. We also provide complete support to allow you to get any questions answered by our professional team by phone, email or live chat.
Here at The Independent Pharmacy, we take the headache out of getting asthma treatment.