Your doctor can prescribe Pulmicort Respules as a maintenance medication for controlling and preventing the asthma symptoms experienced by children aged 1 to 8 years old. Pulmicort Respules or generic Budesonide comes as a sterile suspension for inhalation using a jet nebulizer which is connected by tubing to a compressor. Children usually do better using a mask for inhaling as Pulmicort Respules are changed to an aerosol mist that is easy to breathe in. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Budesonide is a corticosteroid medication that has shown to be quite effective due to its wide range of inhibiting the activities of multiple cell types that play a role in the inflammation that can cause the narrowing of airways, tightness in your chest, and wheezing as you struggle to take a breath. With the inhibition of the cells ability to produce inflammatory substances, including histamine, leukotrienes, and cytokines, inflammation is reduced and your breathing becomes more relaxed.
The delivery method of Pulmicort Respules assures your child is receiving the inhaled medication where it needs to be, directly into their lungs. Over time, your child’s asthma may improve as their lungs are better developed, but it will be with them for the rest of their lives with symptoms that may come and go. Childhood should be filled with running, jumping, laughing, and playing, not sitting on the sidelines trying to catch their breath and tiring easily.
Pulmicort Respules can help increase a child’s activity level and reduce asthma symptoms, but it is not for use as a fast-acting medicine during an asthma attack. Your doctor can decide on a rescue inhaler for times when symptoms come on quickly and you are not near the nebulizer.
Tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies your child has and provide a list of OTC and Rx drugs that are currently used or taken to be certain Pulmicort Respules are safe to give. Until you know how Budesonide will affect your child, use caution around playground equipment, crossing roads, riding bikes, or any activity that could be considered unsafe if there is any dizziness.
Be aware that your child should rinse their mouth out after each treatment with Pulmicort Respules as there is a risk of Candida albicans infection in your child’s mouth or throat. Do not suddenly stop treating with Pulmicort Respules or change the dosage without talking to your doctor first. There is no cure for asthma, but treatments are effective and will allow your child to enjoy childhood.