Budesonide is an oral corticosteroid and works by reducing inflammation which in turn eases the symptoms of flare-ups of inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Corticosteroids carry a risk of side effects, some of which can cause permanent health problems. Taken orally they are more likely to cause side effects. This is also influenced by how much (your dose) and how long you have taken budesonide for.
To get the most benefit from corticosteroid medications with the least amount of risk you need to try taking the lowest most effective dose possible. Intermittent dosing (every other day) may help reduce side effects. Making healthy choices like choosing a healthy diet and regular exercise that helps to strengthen bones and muscles will be of benefit.
Some side effects are permanent and do not disappear once the medicine has been stopped.
You should talk with your doctor about your side effects.
For more information please visit:
- Budesonide Information for Consumers
- Budesonide Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Budesonide (detailed)
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