Pulmicort (budesonide) prescription available online

If you are suffering from asthma attacks, Pulmicort (budesonide) can help. Get a new prescription or refill of budesonide from a board-certified doctor online.

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*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor’s discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and our prescription discount card.

3 simple steps to request your Pulmicort (budesonide) prescription today

Step 1

Book a budesonide prescription request appointment.

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Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your budesonide prescription.

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Step 3

Pick up your budesonide inhaler.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

Pulmicort (budesonide) prescription pricing details

How pricing works

To get a new or refill on your budesonide prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

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Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance



First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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Budesonide prescription FAQs

  • How much does budesonide cost?

    Depending on your pharmacy, inhaled budesonide costs around $76 for a supply of 60 mL without insurance. Budesonide is a generic brand, and brand-name prescriptions may cost more. Price also varies with insurance coverage. Our prescription discount card helps members save up to 80% on prescriptions.

  • How can I refill my budesonide prescription?

    To refill your budesonide prescription, book a virtual appointment with one of our top rated board-certified doctors. After reviewing your symptoms, your doctor can send an electronic prescription to your local pharmacy.

  • Who should not take budesonide?

    Before taking budesonide, tell your doctor if you have:

    • A severe allergic reaction to milk proteins

    • Liver disease

    • Osteoporosis

    • Glaucoma

    • Tuberculosis

    • Any infections caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites

  • Why can't you drink alcohol while taking budesonide?

    Ask your doctor about drinking alcohol while taking budesonide. If you have inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, drinking alcohol with budesonide may make your symptoms worse.

  • Why can't you take budesonide long term?

    Like other systemic steroids, the long-term use of oral budesonide can lead to serious side effects, such as mood swings, adrenal insufficiency, eyesight problems, and osteoporosis.

  • Is it better to take budesonide in the morning or at night?

    It's best to take budesonide in the morning, at least one hour before your first meal. Keep taking budesonide for the full course of treatment, even if you notice a significant reduction in symptoms within the first few days.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of budesonide?

    If you miss a dose of budesonide, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose.

  • What happens if I take too much budesonide?

    If you've taken too much oral budesonide, seek emergency medical attention or contact your local poison control center. A high oral dose of budesonide can cause thinning skin, slow wound healing, easy bruising, and other adverse events.

About Pulmicort (budesonide)

Budesonide belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids, which prevent the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. Budensonide is used to prevent asthma attacks and reduce symptoms of asthma. However, it should not be used to stop an asthma attack that has already started.

Some conditions that budesonide is known to treat include asthma. Budesonide is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation as well as under different brand names, including Pulmicort Turbuhaler and Pulmicort Flexhaler.

Budesonide may be prescribed as an inhaler. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage prescribed.

If you're prescribed budesonide, be sure to complete the full course of the corticosteroid unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the corticosteroid may not fully treat your asthma symptoms.

Budesonide uses

There is one FDA-approved use for budesonide, but it may also be used off-label to treat other conditions. Your online physician may prescribe it for any of the following common reasons. It’s also possible that your health care provider may prescribe it for other reasons not listed here. If you have questions about why a medication is prescribed, ask your online doctor or pharmacist.

Budesonide side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking budesonide are typically mild. Most budesonide side effects are associated with a runny or stuffy nose. Some of the side effects budesonide are associated with may include:

    • Runny or stuffy nose

    • Red, itchy, and watery eyes

    • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Wheezing, coughing, or other breathing problems

    • Muscle weakness

    • Allergic reaction

    • Signs of infections (fever, chills, body pain)

    You should call your doctor if you notice serious side effects, or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms. The use of budesonide is FDA-approved in children over 12 months of age.

How to take budesonide

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your budesonide prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Budesonide can come in different forms and doses, such as the Pulmicort Flexhaler and Pulmicort Turbuhaler, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. It is typically prescribed as oral inhalation once or twice daily, with typical oral administration doses ranging from 200 mg to 400 mg.

Always take your inhaled budesonide exactly as prescribed.

What to avoid while taking budesonide

Budesonide has 481 drug interactions. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or herbal products, as well as over-the-counter drugs. 

Possible drug interactions with budesonide include:

  • Antifungal medications

  • Drugs that weaken the immune system, such as cancer medicine

  • Seizure medication

  • Other steroid medicines

Avoid consuming large amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking budesonide, as grapefruit can raise the levels of budesonide in your system. Ask your doctor whether it is safe to drink alcohol while taking budesonide.

Medication alternatives to budesonide

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest other corticosteroids or asthma treatments in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue: