Pulmicort Turbohaler

  • Preventer Turbohaler
  • Contains corticosteroid "Budesonide"
  • Prevents asthma symptoms
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What is Pulmicort?

Pulmicort Turbohaler 100 is an inhaler that contains the corticosteroid medicine budesonide as its active ingredient.

It is a prescription-only medicine (POM) which helps to prevent asthma symptoms from occurring. You can buy Pulmicort Turbohaler from Medicine Direct if you have been diagnosed with asthma. Just complete an online consultation with one of our registered doctors or pharmacists and they will issue you with a prescription to order this medication if it is suitable for you to use. Next day delivery is available if you order by 2pm.

What is Pulmicort Turbohaler used to treat?

Pulmicort Turbohaler 100 is known as a 'preventer inhaler', which means that is used to prevent asthma symptoms from occurring.

This inhaler contains budesonide, which is a corticosteroid medicine that works by reducing inflammation in the bronchi that can cause an asthma attack.

To effectively prevent your asthma symptoms from flaring up, you will need to take Pulmicort Turbohaler 100 once or twice a day.

A preventer inhaler should always be used in conjunction with a blue reliever inhaler such as Ventolin

This turbohaler is available in three different doses: 100, 200 and 400 micrograms. You will be prescribed the dose that is most suitable for your specific condition.

You will be prescribed Pulmicort Turbohaler with a separate 'reliever inhaler', which you should carry with you at all times. This reliever inhaler will work to relieve the effects of an asthma attack, making it easier for you to breathe.


There are various different asthma inhalers that may provide effective alternatives to Pulmicort. However, you should never try a new inhaler without talking to your doctor first.

Asthma is a chronic condition that cannot be treated by over-the-counter medicines. If you wish to try a different inhaler, talk to your doctor.

If you are suffering from asthma, it is recommended that you attend regular check-ups with your GP. This will help to ensure that your symptoms are being effectively controlled by the current treatment you are using.

Other preventer inhalers used to treat asthma include:

What if I forget to use it?

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at your usual time. Never take a double dose to make up for missing an earlier one.

To effectively prevent the symptoms of asthma, you must be consistent in using Pulmicort Turbohaler. Try to use this inhaler at the same time(s) every day, this will help to get you into a routine of using it. Some people find it beneficial to set an alarm as a reminder to use it.

What if I use more than I should have?

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you have taken too much of this medicine.

Do not increase or decrease your dose without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist first.

Who can use Pulmicort Turbohaler?

Pulmicort Turbohaler 100 is not suitable for everyone to use. Please refer to the patient information leaflet for full details on why this medicine may not be suitable for you; ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if Pulmicort Turbohaler is right for you.

Do not use this inhaler if you are allergic to budesonide.

Do not use this medication without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have any liver problems
  • You have or have ever had tuberculosis (TB)
  • You have a lung infection
  • You have a chest infection, a cold or any other issues with your breathing

If you experience any vision problems such as blurred vision while using this inhaler, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using this medication if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.

Do not stop using this medicine if you become pregnant, but talk to your doctor as soon as possible. 

For more information on using Pulmicort Turbohaler during pregnacy and breastfeeding

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Pulmicort Turbohaler can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.

Common side effects include:

  • Pneumonia in COPD patients
  • Oral thrush (a fungal infection). You can lessen the risk of this by rinsing your mouth with water after using the inhaler.
  • Coughing, a hoarse voice or a mild sore throat

Uncommon side effects are:

  • Depression
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Feeling worried, nervous or depressed
  • Cataract
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle cramps

If you get any of the following reactions while using this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist as they may be symptoms of a lung infection:

  • Increased mucous production, change in mucus colour
  • Increased cough or breathing difficulties
  • Fever or chills

This list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for more information.

Pulmicort Inhaler Dosage and Directions

Always use Pulmicort Turbohaler 100 exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you. Read the patient information leaflet and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are still not sure how to use it.

You will be prescribed Pulmicort based on the NICE dosage guidelines for Budesonide.

If your child needs to use this medicine, make sure that they are using it exactly as they have been instructed to by their doctor or pharmacist.

You must keep using Pulmicort every day, even if you do not have any asthma symptoms. It can take up to four weeks for the medicine in this inhaler to take full effect, although many people notice an improvement in their breathing after using it for two days.

The Pulmicort Turbohaler should not be used to treat an asthma attack. You will need to use your reliever inhaler to treat asthma symptoms as they occur. For this reason, it is vital that your reliever inhaler is always within easy reach, in case you need to use it.

If you have been told to use Pulmicort Turbohaler twice a day:

  • For adults and children over the age of 13, the recommended daily dose is 1 or 2 inhalations twice a day (in the morning and once at night). This dose may be increased by your doctor up to 1600 micrograms each day.
  • If you find that your asthma symptoms are getting worse or you are needing to use your reliever inhaler more frequently, double your dose and contact your doctor as soon as you can. You double your dose by taking double the amount of inhalations you would normally take.
  • For children aged 5-12 years old, the recommended daily dose is to take 1 or 2 inhalations twice a day (in the morning and in the evening).
  • Your doctor may increase this dose to 800 micrograms each day.

If you have been told to use Pulmicort Turbohaler once a day:

  • For adults and children over the age of 13, the normal dose is 1 or 2 inhalations each evening.
  • If your asthma seems to be getting worse or you are needing to use your reliever inhaler more often, double your dose straight away and talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
  • To double your dose, take the number of inhalations your doctor told you to twice a day (once in the morning, once in the evening).
  • For children aged 5-12 years old, the recommended daily dose is 1 or 2 inhalations once a day (in the evening).
  • The maximum dose for children in this age range is 400 micrograms each day.

How to use Pulmicort Turbohaler

  1. Unscrew and remove the white cover.
  2. Hold your inhaler upright with the brown base at the bottom.
  3. Load the inhaler with a dose of medicine by turning the brown base in one direction as far as it will go. Then turn it as far as it will go in the other direction. Do not hold the mouthpiece when loading the inhaler. You will hear a click sound when the Turbohaler has been loaded; this means it is ready to use. Do not load the Turbohaler unless you are ready to use it.
  4. Hold the inhaler away from your mouth and breathe out gently.
  5. Gently place the mouthpiece between your teeth. Close your mouth and breathe in through your mouth as deeply and as hard as you can.
  6. Remove the inhaler from your mouth and gently breathe out.
  7. Repeat steps 2 to 6 if you have been told to take a second dose.
  8. Replace the cap and rinse your mouth with water after you have finished using Pulmicort Turbohaler.

Use a dry tissue to wipe the mouthpiece of the Turbohaler once a week. This will keep it clean. Do not clean it with any liquids.

Will Pulmicort Turbohalers help to treat an asthma attack?

Pulmicort Turbohalers should not be used to treat the symptoms of an asthma attack. There are two types of inhalers: preventer and reliever inhalers. This product is a preventer inhaler, which should be taken every day to prevent the symptoms of asthma. You will need to use your reliver inhaler to relieve your breathing difficulties if you have an asthma attack.

Does Pulmicort work immediately?

The active ingredient in this product gets to work straight away. Most people start to notice the benefits after a few days of use.

What is the recommended dose of a Pulmicort Turbohaler?

You will generally be instructed to take two puffs twice a day. However, the dose varies from person to person and will be decided upon by your doctor.

Are different Preventer inhalers interchangeable?

No, you must not switch between inhalers.

How many Pulmicort Turbohalers can I order in one purchase?

This is a prescription-only medicine, so you can order a maximum of two inhalers in one purchase.

What do Pulmicort Turbohalers contain?

This product contains the medicine budesonide.

How do Pulmicort Turbohalers work?

It contains a corticosteroid medicine called budesonide, which works to reduce inflammation in the bronchi, making it easier to breathe.

I have been asked to use two puffs, how long should I wait between each one?

You should try to wait for between 30 seconds and one minute between puffs.

Should I rinse my mouth out after using Pulmicort?

Rinsing your mouth with water after using the Pulmicort Turbohaler is always advised. This will help to prevent you from developing oral infections, such as thrush, which can sometimes occur as a side effect of using steroid inhalers like this one.

Pulmicort Side Effects

Rare side effects of Pulmicort Turbohalers include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Losing your voice
  • Skin bruising
  • Sleeping problems, feeling irritable or over-excited

Serious allergic reaction

If you experience any of the symptoms below, you could be having a serious allergic reaction. Call 999 or go to A&E if:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have tightness in your throat or chest
  • You get a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are finding it hard to speak or breathe
  • You have swelling in your face, mouth, tongue, throat or lips

Please read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects.

Pulmicort Warnings

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are already using any other medicine, including prescription and non-prescription medication, vitamins, herbal remedies and supplements.

In particular, tell them if you are already using:

  • Steroid medication
  • Medicines to treat HIV
  • Medicines to treat a fungal infection

Seek immediate medical attention if your breathing is getting worse or your asthma symptoms wake you up at night regularly. You should also do this if your chest feels tight in the morning or the tightness does not go away.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and drug interactions. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Please note that the above drug interaction list is not exhaustive, please read Budesonide Drug Interactions before taking this medicine.

Pulmicort Inhaler Ingredients

This inhaler contains the medicine budesonide as its active ingredient.

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 20/05/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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