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Budesonide

Generic Name: budesonide (oral) (bue DES oh nide)
Brand Name: Entocort EC, Uceris

Medically reviewed on June 11, 2018

What is budesonide?

Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body.

Budesonide is used to treat mild to moderate Crohn's disease.

Budesonide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use budesonide if you are allergic to it.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

It is not known whether budesonide will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you have taken budesonide during pregnancy, tell your doctor if your newborn baby has symptoms such as weakness, irritability, vomiting, or feeding problems.

You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

Budesonide is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take budesonide?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take this medicine in the morning with a full glass of water.

Do not crush, chew, or break a budesonide capsule or tablet. Swallow it whole.

Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, or are under stress. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using budesonide.

Budesonide can weaken your immune system. Tell your doctor if you have signs of infection such as fever, chills, body aches, vomiting, or feeling tired.

If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking budesonide?

Grapefruit may interact with budesonide and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products.

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using budesonide.

Budesonide side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • thinning skin, easy bruising, increased acne or facial hair;

  • swelling in your ankles;

  • weakness, tiredness, or a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding;

  • pain or burning when you urinate;

  • menstrual problems (in women), impotence or loss of interest in sex (in men); or

  • stretch marks, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist).

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect budesonide?

Many drugs can affect budesonide. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.