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Pulmicort Nebuamp

Common Name
budesonide (for nebulization)

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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Budesonide belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. It is used to treat asthma. It helps to control asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks by controlling the swelling and inflammation in the airways of the lungs. Budesonide usually starts to work within 10 days.

The nebulized form of this medication has been developed specifically for people who are unable to efficiently use other forms of this medication (e.g., turbuhalers).

It is important to remember that this medication will not provide immediate relief for an asthma attack that has already started. This medication is intended for long-term relief. Inhalers that contain "reliever" medications with fast action (e.g., salbutamol, terbutaline) will still be needed while using this medication on a regular basis.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use this medication?

Budesonide (for nebulization) should be administered and inhaled from suitable nebulizers (machines that create the inhalation mist). This medication should not be used with an ultrasonic nebulizer. The dose is individualized and based on the needs and age of the person using the medication.

In general, the usual starting dose for children (3 months to 12 years) is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg twice a day, and the usual starting dose for adults is 1 mg to 2 mg twice a day. Regular daily use is important for its effectiveness.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double a dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

The nebulizer chamber should be cleaned after each use. Wash the nebulizer chamber and mouthpiece or face mask in warm tap water using a mild detergent. Rinse it well and dry it by connecting the nebulizer chamber to the compressor or air inlet. Read the nebulizer instructions carefully.

To ensure the proper dosage and administration of the medication, be sure to get instructions from a doctor, pharmacist, or other health professional on the use of this medication and the nebulizing equipment.

To reduce the risk of thrush infection in the mouth, rinse and gargle with water after inhaling the medication.

Store this medication at room temperature in an upright position, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children. If you only use half of the contents of an ampule, the remainder must be used within 12 hours of opening. Do not use ampules from a foil envelope that has been opened for 3 months or longer.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

0.25 mg/mL
Each ampule contains budesonide 0.25 mg/mL. Nonmedicinal ingredients: citric acid, disodium edetate, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, and purified water.

0.5 mg/mL
Each ampule contains budesonide 0.5 mg/mL. Nonmedicinal ingredients: citric acid, disodium edetate, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, and purified water.

0.125 mg/mL
Each ampule contains budesonide 0.125 mg/mL. Nonmedicinal ingredients: citric acid, disodium edetate, polysorbate 80, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, and purified water.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Budesonide (for nebulization) should not be used by anyone who:

  • is allergic to budesonide or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is having an asthma attack, has status asthmaticus (a severe asthma attack), or has moderate to severe bronchiectasis (a chronic lung problem associated with damaged bronchial tubes)
  • currently has or has had pulmonary tuberculosis in the past that was not treated
  • has an untreated fungal, bacterial, or viral chest infection


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