Budesonide: Uses & Side Effects

Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body. It is used to treat mild to moderate Crohn’s disease.

Before taking this medicine

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

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • tuberculosis;
  • a serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection;
  • a weak immune system (caused by disease or by using certain medicines);
  • high blood pressure;
  • cirrhosis or other liver disease;
  • stomach ulcer;
  • osteoporosis or low bone mineral density;
  • eczema;
  • any allergies; or
  • (in you or a family member) diabetes, cataracts, or glaucoma.

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.

Side effects

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:

  • headache;
  • nausea, stomach pain, gas, bloating, constipation;
  • feeling tired;
  • joint pain;
  • acne; or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.