I've been fortunate to have never experienced this, but I've definitely heard about it before.
I'm not sure I'm typing in the correct spot... I'm new at this. I was hoping to find some answers to a question I had concerning my son. I was wondering if you have heard of any children becoming aggressive or violent from the medicine Pulmicort? My son just turned 3 and since on Pulmicort has been exhibiting some very violent behaviors. Maybe just hit at the same time???? who knows? Do you have any advice or help?
Pulmicort is a steroid, and sometimes kids will react to it the same way grownups react to, say, anabolic steroids.
While some parents are OK if their kids "occasionally kick the dog," as one mom so quaintly put it, so long as they can breathe, sometimes the behaviors are a lot more extreme and hard to live with.
I've heard, on the Asthma-Parents Yahoo group, that other parents have seen better results simply by switching steroids. So ask your doctor if Flovent or Qvar is an option for child. Ad there's an added bonus: Being a "Flovent Mom" myself, I can assure you that administering a metered-dose inhaler (or MDI) twice a day is a LOT easier than holding a three-year-old down for a nebulizer treatment every single day.
Singular is another commonly-used maintenance med for preschoolers. I've rarely heard of adverse reactions from it, but it does work differently than inhaled corticosteroids like Pulmicort and Flovent, so it may not be right for your son's needs. In fact, my kids have needed to be on both Flovent AND Singular during peak season.
So...I hope this helps. Definitely talk to your doctor about alternatives. You shouldn't have to live with a psychotic preschooler when there are other options available.
Other parents, please feel free to share your experiences and wisdom!