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Pulmicort Turbohaler is a device used to prevent asthma. It is made by AstraZeneca and contains a corticosteroid, which reduces inflammation in the airways.

Asthma treatments are not available to purchase from our pharmacy service at this time.

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PLEASE NOTE: This treatment is not available through our online pharmacy service. This page is for information only. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the condition(s) this medication treats, we strongly recommend that you see your GP in person.

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24 August 2021
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 24 August 2021
Product information

Pulmicort Turbohaler is an asthma treatment manufactured by AstraZeneca. It is a preventer medication, which means that it stops asthma symptoms before they occur, by lessening inflammation in the airways. Dispensed through a turbohaler, it works in a similar way to traditional inhalers; but the user does not have to press down a button during use.

  1. Adept at preventing attacks
  2. Improvements in as little as 2 days
  3. Branded medication

In the UK alone, over 5 million people are thought to be living with asthma, and receiving treatment. The condition causes a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including breathlessness, coughing and wheezing; and can sometimes culminate in an attack, whereby these symptoms can manifest in an intense episode.

What causes asthma is not completely understood. A heightened immune response is thought to be the main cause of inflammation, and this might occur when the body is exposed to certain triggers. These may include smoke, cold air, the presence of an allergen, vapours or particles from a chemical, or dust. Many people experience symptoms when they engage in intense physical activity, and some may even get an attack during periods of emotional stress.

Typically, inflammation in the bronchi and trachea (or the tubes which connect to the lungs, and the windpipe) causes the muscle walls which line these airways to tense up and contract. This makes these passages narrower, and makes breathing harder. In some cases, mucus can develop in these areas and make respiration even more difficult.

In Pulmicort is a functioning constituent called budesonide. This substance is a corticosteroid, which blocks the release of chemicals by the immune system in response to a trigger; thereby reducing inflammation and decreasing the likelihood of symptoms. It also works to prevent the production of obstructing mucus.

If you think you require asthma treatment you should discuss your symptoms with your doctor. They will also be able to arrange repeat prescriptions for your medication, if required. You cannot purchase Pulmicort from our online pharmacy.

Page last reviewed:  24/08/2021


To ensure Pulmicort is effective and keep the risk of side effects to a minimum, it is important to adhere to the guidelines specified in the patient information leaflet, and only ever use your medication in the manner your doctor has instructed.

  1. Inhale as prescribed.
  2. Depending on the seriousness of your symptoms, this will usually be either 1 or 2 inhalations, once or twice a day.
  3. A doctor may increase your administration if your symptoms are worsening.
  4. To prepare your turbohaler, twist the base in one direction, then back the other way, until you hear a click. It is now ready for use.
  5. Unscrew and remove the white lid.
  6. Breathe out as far as is comfortable.
  7. Place the turbohaler in your mouth.
  8. Inhale through the turbohaler.
  9. Slowly breathe out.
  10. If you need to administer more than once inhalation, repeat the above steps. 
  11. Following use, replace the lid.
  12. Never exceed the prescribed dose.
  13. This medication should not be stopped suddenly without first speaking to your doctor.
  14. If you forget to take it, do not compensate by doubling up on your next dose. Continue the course as before, and contact your doctor if you become concerned.

Please note that these directions are only a summary. More detailed instructions can be found in the leaflet supplied.

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Page last reviewed:  24/08/2021
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Pulmicort Turbohaler 100mcg

Pulmicort Turbohaler 200mcg

Pulmicort Turbohaler 400mcg

Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

The presence of some side effects may require medical attention. In particular, you should let your doctor know right away if you experience anything which may indicate an allergic reaction, or worsening symptoms following an inhalation.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Thrush in the mouth, mild sore throat, coughing and a hoarse voice.

Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Sleeping problems, depression or anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, or feeling over-excited or irritable, bruising of the skin or loss of voice.

Those side effects listed here are only a selection. A more detailed list can be found in the patient information leaflet.

Taking it with other medicines

Inform your prescriber if you are using any other treatments during consultation. Pulmicort may interfere with the function of the following, or vice versa: steroids; drugs for fungal infections such as itraconazole and ketoconazole; HIV protease inhibitors, for instance ritonavir and nelfinavir.

Conditions to look out for

A history of some conditions may mean that you cannot use this treatment, or only use it with special care, such as: lung infections; a cold or chest infection or any problems with your breathing; tuberculosis; or liver problems.

Page last reviewed:  24/08/2021
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Pulmicort Turbohaler 100mcg

Pulmicort Turbohaler 200mcg

Pulmicort Turbohaler 400mcg


Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Alcohol should interact with the way this drug works.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. It is unlikely that your ability to drive will be affected. But, if you notice any side effects which may make driving dangerous or unsafe, do not drive and seek immediate medical advice.

Can I use this medicine while pregnant?

Speak to your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How do I store it?

Keep in a safe place, below 30°C and out of the reach of children.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Pulmicort contains budesonide. Do not use it if you are allergic to this ingredient.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You can only buy this treatment if you have a prescription for it. This can be issued to you during an appointment with your doctor.

Is it right for me?

If you have asthma and want to know more about the products available, talk to your doctor. They will discuss options with you after conducting a review of your condition, and be able to help you determine the most suitable form of treatment before issuing a prescription.



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