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Question by Pauline
Submitted on 12/1/2003
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I saw an ad for Pulmicort Turbuhaler.  Is this the same as Flovent?

Answer by bernard
Submitted on 9/9/2005
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how can i identify that a Pulmicort Turbuhaler is empty


Answer by Steven P Spinella
Submitted on 10/7/2005
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Pulmicort contains the active ingredient budesonide. Like the active ingredient in Flovent fluticasonate (sp?), budesonide is a corticosteroid. The two medicines are delivered in equivalent dosages and used to provide the same benefit for patients with the same diseases, like asthma and COPD, but may have divergent side effects and or paths of impact since they are different active ingredients.


Answer by Doc Lightning
Submitted on 6/9/2006
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FLOVENT (fluticasone proprionate) and PULMICORT (budenoside) are very similar, but not identical drugs.  They are both inhaled steroids used in the treatment of asthma.  They both are used to PREVENT asthma attacks and not to treat them and thus must be used every day.  They are roughly equally effective and have similar risks and side-effects.

FLOVENT is available in a metered-dose-inhaler, the common "asthma pump" that has become so familiar.  PULMICORT comes in two formulations.  The first is a solution for use in a nebulizer and it is administered like any other nebulized treatment.  The other form is the TURBUHALER, a small device about the size of a restaurant  table salt shaker.  To use it, the patient (who must be old enough and neurologically sound enough to be able to inhale at will) twists the bottom of the device back and forth and then inhales forcefully.  This has the advantage of convenience (no spacer is necessary) and speed (it takes seconds to take one dose).  

In my experience, I've had patients report that one of these agents worked better than another, but I've seen no consistent pattern to indicate that either is superior to the other in how well they prevent asthma symptoms.  In my personal opinion, the "best" of the two drugs is the one with the most convenient dosing formulation for you.


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