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Budesonide foam

Pronunciation

Generic Name: budesonide (bue-DES-oh-nide)
Brand Name: Uceris

Budesonide foam is used for:

Treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Budesonide foam is a corticosteroid. It works by decreasing inflammation.

Do NOT use budesonide foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in budesonide foam
  • you are taking cyclosporine, erythromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, ritonavir, or saquinavir

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using budesonide foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with budesonide foam. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems, stomach problems (eg, ulcers), high blood pressure, weak bones (osteoporosis), or any kind of infection
  • if you have chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles
  • if you or a family member have had diabetes, glaucoma, or cataracts
  • if you have a history of tuberculosis (TB)
  • if you are planning to have surgery or a colonoscopy
  • if you have been taking another corticosteroid medicine

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with budesonide foam. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Cyclosporine, erythromycin, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, ritonavir, or saquinavir because they may increase the risk of budesonide foam's side effects

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if budesonide foam may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use budesonide foam:

Use budesonide foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with budesonide foam. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Budesonide foam is for rectal use only. Do not take budesonide foam by mouth.
  • Before using budesonide foam, use the bathroom to empty your bowels.
  • If you need more lubricant for the applicator, you may use petrolatum or petroleum jelly.
  • Warm budesonide foam before use by holding the can in your hands and shaking it for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • You can use budesonide foam while standing, lying down, or sitting.
  • If you are using budesonide foam in the evening, use right before bedtime. After using budesonide foam, try to avoid emptying your bowels until the next morning.
  • Budesonide foam is flammable. Avoid fire, flame, and smoking while you use budesonide foam and right after using it.
  • Use budesonide foam on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you use budesonide foam.
  • If you miss a dose of budesonide foam, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use budesonide foam.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take budesonide foam before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Budesonide foam may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Contact your doctor if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles.
  • Use caution if you switch from an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) to budesonide foam. It may take several months for your body to make enough natural steroids to handle events that cause physical stress. Such events may include injury, surgery, infection, a sudden asthma attack, or severe fluid or electrolyte loss. These may be severe and sometimes fatal. Contact your doctor right away if any of these events occur. You may need to take an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) again. Carry a card at all times that says you may need an oral steroid (eg, prednisone) if any of these events occur.
  • Diabetes patients - Budesonide foam may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Lab tests may be performed while you use budesonide foam. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks if they take budesonide foam.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using budesonide foam while you are pregnant. Budesonide foam is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use budesonide foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of budesonide foam:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); acne; a fatty pad or hump between the shoulders; dizziness or light-headedness; fainting; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; pink or purple stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, breast, or arms; rounding of the face; severe or persistent nausea; swelling of the ankles; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, hunger, or urination; confusion; drowsiness; flushing; rapid breathing; fruit-like breath odor); thicker or more hair growth on the face or body; unusual bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of budesonide foam:

Store budesonide foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Do not refrigerate. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep budesonide foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about budesonide foam, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Budesonide foam is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take budesonide foam or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about budesonide foam. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to budesonide foam. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using budesonide foam.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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