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Budesonide

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Systemic corticosteroid Budenofalk Adult

Budesonide - What is it for

​Budesonide is used in the treatment of Crohn disease as well as ulcerative colitis. It can also be used off-label for the treatment of gastrointestinal graft versus host disease.

Budesonide - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Budesonide cause?

  • Increased risk of infection
  • Poor control of blood glucose
  • Osteoporosis with long term use
  • Cataracts or glaucoma with long term use
  • Others: headache, respiratory infection, dizziness, fatigue

Inform your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Sign of an allergic reaction e.g. rash, itching, swollen, trouble breathing.
  • Signs of high blood sugar e.g. confusion, feeling sleepy, flushing or fruity breath
  • Signs of high blood pressure e.g. bad headache or dizziness, eyesight changes
  • Signs of bleeding
  • Signs of infection e.g. fever, chills, bad sore throat, pain on passing urine
  • Signs of hypercorticism e.g. acne, stretch marks on the skin, swollen ankles
  • Signs of adrenal suppression e.g. severe ir prolonged fatigue, weakness, nausea

Before taking Budesonide, what precautions must I follow?

​Tell your doctor or pharmacist the medicines you are taking including vitamins and supplements.

Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions that you have. 

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Budesonide?

​Avoid grapefruit juice with budesonide.

Budesonide - Dosage and How to Use

How should Budesonide be used?

​Administer without regard to meals.  Swallow whole, do not crush, chew or break, unless specifically instructed by your doctor.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Note down missed doses and let your doctor know.

What should I do if I overdose?

Budesonide - Handling

How should I handle Budesonide safely?

Budesonide - Storage

How should I store Budesonide?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Budesonide safely?

Budesonide - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Singapore General Hospital

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