What is this drug used for?
• It is used to treat asthma.
• It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
• Do not use this drug to treat an asthma attack. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with your doctor.
Frequently reported side effects of this drug
• Common cold symptoms
• Throat irritation
• Nose irritation
Other side effects of this drug: Talk with your doctor right away if you have any of these signs of:
• Adrenal gland problems like severe nausea, vomiting, severe dizziness, passing out, muscle weakness, severe fatigue, mood changes, lack of appetite, or weight loss
• Cushing syndrome like weight gain in upper back or abdomen; moon face; severe headache; or slow healing
• Chest pain
• Severe diarrhea
• Severe nausea
• Lack of appetite
• Severe headache
• Burning or numbness feeling
• Severe loss of strength and energy
• Bone pain
• Joint pain
• Vision changes
• Trouble breathing
• Signs of a significant reaction like wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.
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Generic Availability: US
May be product dependent
Storage and Stability
Dry powder inhaler: Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Discard when the dose counter reads “0″.
Nebulization suspension: Store upright at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Keep in aluminum package to protect from light until ready for use. Do not refrigerate or freeze. Once aluminum package is opened, unused suspension should be used within 2 weeks. Continue to protect unopened ampules from light in foil envelope.
Pulmicort Nebuamp [Canadian product]: Store upright at 5°C to 30°C (41°F to 86°F). Keep in packaged envelope of foil laminate to protect from light. Once envelope is opened, use ampules within 3 months; opened ampules must be used within 12 hours.
Cardiovascular: Chest pain (suspension), syncope (powder)
Central nervous system: Emotional lability (suspension), fatigue (suspension), headache, hypertonia (powder), insomnia (powder), pain (powder), voice disorder (powder),
Dermatologic: Contact dermatitis (suspension), eczema (suspension), pruritus (suspension), pustular rash (suspension), skin rash
Endocrine & metabolic: Weight gain
Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, anorexia (suspension), diarrhea (suspension), dysgeusia (powder), dyspepsia, gastroenteritis (suspension), nausea, oral candidiasis (powder), viral gastroenteritis (powder), vomiting, xerostomia (powder)
Hematologic & oncologic: Cervical lymphadenopathy (suspension), ecchymosis (powder), purpura (suspension)
Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity reaction
Infection: Candidiasis (suspension), herpes simplex infection (suspension), infection, viral infection (suspension)
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Arthralgia, back pain (powder), bone fracture, hyperkinesia (suspension), myalgia, neck pain (powder), weakness
Ophthalmic: Conjunctivitis (suspension), eye infection (suspension)
Otic: Otalgia (suspension), otic infection (suspension), otitis externa (suspension), otitis media (more common in suspension)
Respiratory: Allergic rhinitis (powder), cough, epistaxis (suspension), flu-like symptoms (suspension), nasal congestion (powder), nasopharyngitis (powder), pharyngitis, respiratory infection (more common in suspension), respiratory tract infection (powder), rhinitis, sinusitis, stridor (suspension), viral upper respiratory tract infection (powder)
Rare but important or life-threatening: Adrenocortical insufficiency, aggressive behavior, anxiety, avascular necrosis of femoral head, bronchitis, bruise, depression, glaucoma, growth suppression, hypercorticoidism, increased intraocular pressure, irritability, nervousness, osteoporosis, pain, pharyngitis, psychosis, throat irritation, wheezing