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The Pulmicort turbohaler is a preventer inhaler prescribed to asthma patients. It is used daily to prevent asthma symptoms and attacks.

Order your repeat prescription online - without having to book an appointment with your local GP. Our qualified online doctors offer a safe and fast prescription service for patients who have been using the same inhaler for at least three months. Fill in our brief medical questionnaire and one of our doctors will get back to you shortly.

Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.

A consultation for the Pulmicort turbohaler costs €20.

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  • Delivery to Home or Pharmacy

What is Pulmicort?

Pulmicort turbohaler is an asthma inhaler for the prevention of wheezing, shortness of breath, cough and other asthma symptoms. It belongs to a group of inhalers called steroid inhalers. It contains the corticosteroid budesonide, which reduces inflammation and swelling, thereby making it easier for you to breathe. The active ingredient budesonide is long-acting, which means the inhaler is not to be used to treat acute symptoms. You must make sure you always have a reliever inhaler at hand in the event of symptoms or an asthma attack.

Using the Pulmicort turbohaler

Before you take the first inhalation from a turbohaler, you need to prepare it. In order to do so, take off the white lid and hold the inhaler in an upright position. Turn the grip at the base of the inhaler as far as you can in one direction and then in the other direction. Avoid holding the mouthpiece. You will hear a clicking noise, which means that the inhaler is ready for use.

Taking an inhalation

  • Take off the white cover.
  • Hold the turbohaler upright with the brown base pointing towards the floor. Turn the brown base a s far as possible in one direction, then repeat the process by turning it in the opposite direction. Do not hold on to the mouthpiece as you do so. You will hear a clicking noise, which means that you have successfully loaded your inhaler with the correct dose of medicine for one inhalation.
  • Breathe out without breathing into your Pulmicort turbohaler and place the mouthpiece between your teeth. You mustn’t bite or chew the mouthpiece.
  • Take a deep hard breath.
  • Remove the mouthpiece from your mouth and breathe out gently.

To inhale again, repeat these steps in the same order. Once you have taken the last inhalation, put the white lid back on and rinse your mouth. Rinsing your mouth straight after an inhalation helps avoid side effects. You should clean your inhaler once a week, using a dry tissue (do not use water or detergent).


The medicine in Pulmicort needs to be taken every day in order to provide effective protection from asthma symptoms. Your GP will tell you how often you need to use your inhaler and whether you have to take one or two inhalations each time. You must follow your GP’s instructions carefully. Do not stop using Pulmicort, even if your symptoms improve. Always consult your GP before changing the number of inhalations you take. If your asthma gets better or worse, your GP will assess whether your medication or dosage needs to be changed.


The Pulmicort turbohaler contains:

Pulmicort Turbohaler 100 - 200 doses which contain 100 micrograms of budesonide each
Pulmicort Turbohaler 200 - 100 doses which contain 200 micrograms of budesonide each

Pulmicort Side Effects

Stop using Pulmicort if you experience:

  • rash, itching or hives
  • sudden wheezing after using your inhaler (use a reliever inhaler if this happens)
  • bronchospasm and difficulty breathing
  • swelling of the face and mouth

If you notice any of these side effects stop using your medication and seek immediate medical attention.

Common Side Effects

  • mild sore throat
  • a hoarse voice
  • oral thrush (a fungal infection)
  • coughing

Tell your doctor if:

  • you have liver problems
  • you are taking any medicines to treat fungal infections (for example itraconazole and ketoconazole)
  • you have a lung or chest infection or a cold
  • you have or have had tuberculosis
  • you are taking any medication to treat HIV
  • you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant
  • you are breastfeeding
  • you are taking any other medication containing steroids

Do not use Pulmicort if you are allergic to budesonide.

For a full list of possible side effects and warnings read the patient leaflet.

If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pharmacy Collect

If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.

If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.

Prescription sent by mail

You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.

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Pulmicort Turbohaler

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Standard Delivery

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Delivered to your chosen address within 3-5 working days.

Pharmacy Collect

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For urgent orders, delivered to your chosen pharmacy from 1 hour of placing your order if placed Mon-Fri 9am-4pm.

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