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Pulmicort Flexhaler (Budesonide)
What is Pulmicort Flexhaler used for?
Budesonide is an artificial glucocorticoid steroid similar to the natural hormone hydrocortisone or cortisol produced by the adrenal glands. It is used to treat asthma by inhalation. These steroids have anti-inflammatory properties that lower inflammation and hyperreactivity of airways caused due to asthma. When budesonide is inhaled, it goes directly to the inner lining of the airways; thus, reducing the inflammation and making it easier to breathe.
Although some improvement can be seen in the symptoms of asthma within 24 hours, it might take a few weeks to feel the full benefits this medicine. It should not be used to relieve a sudden asthma attack.
A Plumicort Flexhair (Budesonide inhaler) is available for purchase online at Canada Pharmacy.
The active ingredient in budesonide inhaler is corticosteroid.
Pulmicort Flexhaler can be used by children who are 6 years or older. The maximum benefits of this inhaler can be seen after using it for a couple of weeks. For the treatment of mild asthma, one treatment daily is enough while the usual dosage in adults is 2 to 4 puffs twice a day.
Inhalation of high doses of glucocorticoid steroids may result in a decrease in the formation of bones and increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. It may also suppress the body’s natural ability to produce glucocorticoid in the adrenal gland.
The most common side effects of this inhaler are wheezing or mild cough. These effects can be minimized with the use of a bronchodilator inhaler before using the budesonide inhaler.
A fungal infection of the throat known as thrush may be experienced by some people who use the budesonide inhaler without the spacer device. The risk of this infection is higher in adults than in children.
In some cases, sore throat or hoarseness may be experienced. To reduce the risk of such problems, rinse your mouth with water and use a spacer device after each use.
A less common side effect is an alteration in voice in some cases. Hypersensitivity reactions that can result due to inhaled budesonide are:
- Bronchospasm and
Discontinue use if you experience any of these reactions.
Product Code: 12771
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.