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5mo girl prescription 0.5mg/2 ml budesonide inhalation suspension 2x/day until spring due to persistent bronchiolitis. Pros and cons? Any advice?

5mo girl prescription 0.5mg/2 ml budesonide inhalation suspension 2x/day until spring due to persistent bronchiolitis. Pros and cons? Any advice?

Acceptable plan: If pt has had multiple episodes of bronchiolitis with wheezing or persistent wheezing, it may not be a bad idea to put on a daily dose of inhaled steroids to see if it can decrease inflammation and improve breathing/cough etc. Given these exacerbations happen more in the winter due to more viral illnesses, it makes sense to continue until the spring ...Read more

Dr. Amir Sharafkhaneh
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Budesonide (Definition)

Prevents asthma attacks. This medicine is a steroid. Budesonide is a steroid for the treatment of asthma and non-infectious rhinitis (including hay fever and other allergies), and for treatment and prevention of nasal polyposis. In addition, it is used for crohn's ...Read more


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My 2-year-old's pediatrician gave me budesonide inhalation suspension to take care of his weezing. Isn't that usually used for asthma?

My 2-year-old's pediatrician gave me budesonide inhalation suspension to take care of his weezing. Isn't that usually used for asthma?

Yes but: Yes, however, it can also be used for croup and other respiratory conditions. In a survey in the new england journal of medicine, half of all 3 year olds had had at least one episode of wheezing in their lives. I am therefore reluctant to give the diagnosis of "asthma" to any child under 4, because that would mean that roughly half of my patients have asthma! ...Read more

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5mo girl prescription 0.5mg/2 ml budesonide inhalation suspension 2x/day until spring due to persistent bronchiolitis. What are the risks to her immune system?

5mo girl prescription 0.5mg/2 ml budesonide inhalation suspension 2x/day until spring due to persistent bronchiolitis. What are the risks to her immune system?

Insignificant: This is a common anti-inflammatory steroid used to calm down irritation within the far reaches of the lung. The medication is used/broken down in the very tissue it is designed to help (lung). Minimal amounts reach the circulation as it would if it were given by mouth or IV. ...Read more

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Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?

Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?

Depends: The two meds you list are very different and intended for different purposes. Budesonide (pulmicort) is a steroid to reduce inflammation where as albuterol is a smooth muscle relaxer designed to reduce bronchospasm of the smaller airways surrounded by smooth muscle fibers. Albuterol's effect is very brief and temporary. Budesonide use provides sustained beneficial effects to prevent flare up. ...Read more

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Pulmicort turbuhaler (budesonide) side effects?

Pulmicort turbuhaler (budesonide) side effects?

Few: Mostly very well tolerated. May cause oral thrush and sometimes worsening of respiratory sympt such as runny nose, cough and sometimes abdominal pain. Check with the pharmacy for a complete list. ...Read more

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Is there a higher risk for side effects when switching to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 160/4.5 from 80/4.5?

Is there a higher risk for side effects when switching to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 160/4.5 from 80/4.5?

Yes, but saves lives: Higher doses of inhaled steroids are associated with more local side effects such as hoarseness and thrush. These can be reduced with use of a spacer with your inhaler. Higher doses are also associated with an slight increased risk of pneumonia and may have an effect on your bone density over time. However, uncontrolled asthma is associated with a poor quality of life and increased mortality. ...Read more

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Which is better: symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair? Which generally has less side effects?

Which is better: symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair? Which generally has less side effects?

Very similar: Both are medications that contain two medicines - a long-acting beta agonist (laba), which helps with bronchodilation, and an inhaled steroid. The big difference is the form - advair is more an inhaled powder formulation, where symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a mist inhaler more like your rescue inhaler works if you use one with asthma or copd.So it really boils down to what your insurance covers and preference type. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last? Will they go away in a few days or weeks? It is making me dizzy.

How long do the side effects of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last? Will they go away in a few days or weeks? It is making me dizzy.

Need more info.: Go on Healthtap and schedule a doctor visit or see your doctor who prescribed symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). This question requires a review of your symptoms and all your medications. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Pulmicort Turbuhaler (Definition)

Pulmicort Turbuhaler is an inhaled steroid which is a kind of ...Read more