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A 35-year-old member asked:

i live in the mid-atlantic (md) and take pulmoicort for asthma prn. i've felt very sob in the am & pm. should i take my inhaler daily? will it help?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Pulmicort =USE DAILY: Pulmicort (budesonide) is a asthma 'controller' cortico-steroid inhaler and works best when taken everyday. Controller inhalers are not for prn (as needed) use. Budesonide is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing caused by severe asthma and other lung diseasesalbuterol (ventolin, proair, proventil) are for prn use and work fast when asthma symtoms flair.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Take regularly...: Steroid inhalers, like pulmicort, are used in asthma to reduce airway inflammation. Unfortunately, it needs to be taken regularly to have this effect. You should not be taking it just when you are having asthma exacerbation symptoms as it does not work quickly enough. You need to use a bronchodilator, like albuterol, when you are having acute symptoms.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Having a writtten Asthma Action Plan can help- talk with your doctor about putting one together. American Lung Association can show you examples.
May 9, 2012
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Always have a controller-maintance med like pulmicort and rescue/quick relief med like albuterol and an Asthma Action Plan!
May 9, 2012

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