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Budesonide

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Budesonide is a medication of the corticosteroid type that reduces inflammation in the body. It is available as a nasal spray, inhaler, pill and rectal form. For long-term management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the inhaler is used. The nasal spray is used for nasal polyps and allergic rhinitis. The pill in a delayed release form and rectal form treat various inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and microscopic colitis.

There are a few side effects to taking this medicine as an inhaler which may include respiratory infections, cough, and headaches. Common side effects with the pills include vomiting, feeling tired and joint pains. Serious side effects include an increased risk of infection, cataracts and loss of bone strength. Long-term use of the pill form may result in adrenal insufficiency. Stopping the use of the tablet suddenly after long-term use may therefore be dangerous. It is advised to use the inhaler form during pregnancy as it is considered to be a safer option.

Budesonide is not prescribed to anyone younger than 18 years old, anyone having allergy, or anyone who is breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, make sure you inform your doctor before taking this medicine. Also inform your doctor if you have or have had tuberculosis, a serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, a weak immune system, high blood pressure, cataracts, cirrhosis or other liver disease, stomach ulcer, low bone mineral density, eczema, a personal or family history of diabetes or glaucoma.

Dosage is different for different people depending on their medical condition, the intensity of the medical condition, the age of the patient and so on. Do not intake more amounts of Budesonide than prescribed. Rinse your mouth after the inhalation to prevent mouth infections. Consult the doctor if you experience any serious side effects or if you suspect an overdose.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Pulmonologist before using this medicine.

Budesonide is used in the treatment of asthma which is an inflammation of airways characterized by breathing difficulty.
Budesonide is used in the treatment of chron's disease which is an inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.
Budesonide is used in the treatment of ulcerative colitis which is an inflammation of the lining of the large intestine.
Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Budesonide.
In addition to its intended effect, Budesonide may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Fever Major Common
Sneezing Major Common
Cough Major Common
Abdominal pain Major Less Common
Diarrhea Major Less Common
Lower back pain Major Less Common
Shaking of hands or feet Major Less Common
Acid or sour stomach Minor Common
Indigestion Minor Common
Change in vision Minor Less Common
Dizziness Minor Less Common
Pain and swelling of joint Minor Less Common
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 6 to 11 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The peak effect can be observed in 5 to 10 hours after an oral dose and 30 minutes after an inhaler.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
The inhaler is recommended in the pregnant women. The oral form of this medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendency has been reported
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
The oral form of this medicine is known to excrete through the breastmilk. Therefore, not recommended in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The amount of inhaled medicine is excreted in negligible amounts in breastmilk. Therefore, can be used in breastfeeding women.
Missed Dose instructions
If you miss a dose of Budesonide, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
India
United States
Japan
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Budesonide as ingredient
German Remedies
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Dr Reddy s Laboratories Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Kopran Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Disease
Information not available.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Clarithromycin Major
These medicines are not recommended together due to increase in the concentration of Budesonide. Inform the doctor if you have any symptoms like swelling, weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and muscle weakness. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Ketoconazole Major
These medicines are not recommended together due to increase in the concentration of Budesonide. Inform the doctor if you have any symptoms like swelling, weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and muscle weakness. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Moderate
Use with caution as this combination will decrease the effect of antihypertensives. This interaction is more likely to occur if this medicine is taken for more than a week. Inform the doctor if you are taking either of the medicines. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition.
Moderate
Use with caution as this combination will increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Inform the doctor if you are taking either of the medicines. Consider taking alternative medicine after consulting your doctor.
Budesonide belongs to Glucocorticoids. It works by inhibiting the release of multiple cell types (mast cells, eosinophils, neutrophils, macrophages, and lymphocytes) and mediators (histamine, eicosanoids, leukotrienes, and cytokines) that cause inflammation thus helps in the treatment of allergic disorders and reduces inflammation.
What are you using Budesonide for?
Asthma
Other
Ulcerative Colitis
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Poor
Average
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within a day
Within 2 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With or without food
With Food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Sneezing
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Popular Questions & Answers

Is Budesonide Inhalation harmful? Actually I have been using Digihaler FB400 for three months. I intend to know whether the composition of formoterol fumarate and budesonide is harmful.

MBBS, Dip.Cardiology, Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology(FICC), Fellowship in Echocardiology
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Budesonide is used to prevent difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing caused by asthma. Budesonide powder for oral inhalation is used in adults and children 6 years of age and older. Budesonide suspension (liquid) for oral inhalation is used in children 12 months to 8 years of age. Budesonide belongs to a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by decreasing swelling and irritation in the airways to allow for easier breathing. Every medication has some amount of Side Effects associated with it and it is only a small number of people in which a few Side Effects are seen. If you think you are having Side Effects then you need to talk to your doctor but just to mention the list of Side Effects associated with this medications are as follows Budesonide inhalation may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: headache stuffy or runny nose sore throat diarrhea loss of appetite stomach pain difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep neck or back pain ear infections nosebleeds Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those in the SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment: white spots or sores in your mouth rash hives itching swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs hoarseness difficulty breathing or swallowing wheezing cough chest pain anxiety fever, chills, or other signs of infection tiredness nausea vomiting weakness changes in vision.
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Hi, Can budesonide rotacap results 100 mcg be used orally? because our doctor didn't mention it to be used orally.

DNB, Pulmonary Medicine, M.B.B.S
Pulmonologist, Jalgaon
Hi, Can budesonide rotacap results 100 mcg be used orally? because our doctor didn't mention it to be used orally.
No. It's not taken orally. It is to be inhaled after inserting it into revolizer/ lupihalerhaler device. You can learn the technique of "how to take it" by watching the video on YouTube.

Hi, I had consulted chest physician in my town. He diagnosed chronic bronchitis. And he gave me a pump named budesonide formoterol. But I read on google that this pump has many side effects. Is that true? Help me out with this.

Diploma In Gastroenterology, Diploma In Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Hi, I had consulted chest physician in my town. He diagnosed chronic bronchitis. And he gave me a pump named budesoni...
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However, sometimes, especially if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, medical intervention is required.

  1. Saline Nasal Spray: This is a spray you put into your nose several times a day to clean your nasal passages.
  2. Nasal Corticosteroids: There are many types of nasal corticosteroids. They include fluticasone, budesonide, mometasone, beclomethsone. These nasal sprays not only help to treat inflammation, they help prevent to prevent inflammation as well.
  3. Paracetamol: This is a type of OTC pain relievers and they help relieve the pain of acute sinusitis. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two other OTC pain relievers which can be used instead of Paracetamol.
  4. Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually not required and should never be taken without the doctor's prescription. However, sometimes the doctor may recommend it if he thinks there is a bacterial infection or if the symptoms progress rapidly.
  5. Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is given when allergies are the reason you are having acute sinusitis. It is rarely needed, however.
  6. Surgery: For sinusitis symptoms which are chronic or occur frequently, nasal surgery may be the best option for permanent relief. A number of different surgical procedures can be used to treat acute sinusitis such as balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery etc.

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Acute sinusitis is a type of infection of the sinus. It involves an infection or inflammation of your sinus membranes. The most common symptom of sinusitis is that you have trouble draining mucus from your nose. The sinus is the cavity around the nasal passage and it may swell up when this condition occurs. Usually, the symptoms are temporary. However, sometimes, especially if you suffer from chronic sinusitis,medical intervention is required.

  1. Saline Nasal Spray: This is a spray you put into your nose several times a day to clean your nasal passages.
  2. Nasal Corticosteroids: There are many types of nasal corticosteroids. They include fluticasonebudesonidemometasone, beclomethsone. These nasal sprays not only help to treat inflammation, they help prevent to prevent inflammation as well.
  3. Aspirin: This is a type of OTC pain relievers and they help relieve the pain of acute sinusitis. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two other OTC pain relievers which can be used instead of aspirin.
  4. Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually not required and should never be taken without the doctor's prescription. However, sometimes the doctor may recommend it if he thinks there is a bacterial infection or if the symptoms progress rapidly.
  5. Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is given when allergies are the reason you are having acute sinusitis. It is rarely needed, however.
  6. Surgery: For sinusitis symptoms which are chronic or occur frequently, nasal surgery may be the best option for permanent relief. A number of different surgical procedures can be used to treat acute sinusitis such as balloon sinuplastyendoscopic sinus surgery etc.
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  1. Saline nasal spray: This is a spray you put into your nose several times a day to clean your nasal passages.
  2. Nasal corticosteroids: There are many types of nasal corticosteroids. They include fluticasone, budesonide, mometasone, beclomethsone. These nasal sprays not only help to treat inflammation, they help prevent to prevent inflammation as well.
  3. Aspirin: This is a type of OTC pain relievers and they help relieve the pain of acute sinusitis. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two other OTC pain relievers which can be used instead of aspirin.
  4. Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually not required and should never be taken without the doctor's prescription. However, sometimes the doctor may recommend it if he thinks there is a bacterial infection or if the symptoms progress rapidly.
  5. Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is given when allergies are the reason you are having acute sinusitis. It is rarely needed, however.
  6. Surgery: For sinusitis symptoms which are chronic or occur frequently, nasal surgery may be the best option for permanent relief. A number of different surgical procedures can be used to treat acute sinusitis such as balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery etc.
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Acute sinusitis is a type of infection of the sinus. It involves an infection or inflammation of your sinus membranes. The most common symptom of sinusitis is that you have trouble draining mucus from your nose. The sinus is the cavity around the nasal passage and it may swell up when this condition occurs. Usually, the symptoms are temporary. However, sometimes, especially if you suffer from chronic sinusitis,medical intervention is required.

  1. Saline Nasal Spray: This is a spray you put into your nose several times a day to clean your nasal passages.
  2. Nasal Corticosteroids: There are many types of nasal corticosteroids. They include fluticasone, budesonide, mometasone, beclomethsone. These nasal sprays not only help to treat inflammation, they help prevent to prevent inflammation as well.
  3. Aspirin: This is a type of OTC pain relievers and they help relieve the pain of acute sinusitis. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two other OTC pain relievers which can be used instead of aspirin.
  4. Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually not required and should never be taken without the doctor's prescription. However, sometimes the doctor may recommend it if he thinks there is a bacterial infection or if the symptoms progress rapidly.
  5. Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is given when allergies are the reason you are having acute sinusitis. It is rarely needed, however.
  6. Surgery: For sinusitis symptoms which are chronic or occur frequently, nasal surgery may be the best option for permanent relief. A number of different surgical procedures can be used to treat acute sinusitis such as balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery etc.
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A stuffed up nose and pressure on our cheekbones can often mean you have acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis, also called acute rhinosinusitis, is a short-term infection or inflammation of the membranes that line your sinuses. It prevents mucus from draining from your nose. 

What Causes Acute Sinusitis?

Illnesses and conditions that can cause acute sinusitis include:

  • colds
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  • fungal sinus infections
  • allergies that cause mucus production in the sinuses
  • lack of cilia motility, caused by disease (cilia are the small hairs located in your sinuses that move to push mucus out of your sinuses)
  • nasal polyps or tumors
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  • enlarged or infected adenoids
  • infected tooth (in rare cases bacteria can spread from the infected tooth to the sinuses)
  • cystic fibrosis (a disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the body)

Symptoms of acute sinusitis include:

However, sometimes, especially if you suffer from chronic sinusitis,medical intervention is required.

  1. Saline Nasal Spray: This is a spray you put into your nose several times a day to clean your nasal passages.
  2. Nasal Corticosteroids: There are many types of nasal corticosteroids. They include fluticasone, budesonide, mometasone, beclomethsone. These nasal sprays not only help to treat inflammation, they help prevent to prevent inflammation as well.
  3. Aspirin: This is a type of OTC pain relievers and they help relieve the pain of acute sinusitis. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two other OTC pain relievers which can be used instead of aspirin.
  4. Antibiotics: Antibiotics are usually not required and should never be taken without the doctor's prescription. However, sometimes the doctor may recommend it if he thinks there is a bacterial infection or if the symptoms progress rapidly.
  5. Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is given when allergies are the reason you are having acute sinusitis. It is rarely needed, however.
  6. Surgery: For sinusitis symptoms which are chronic or occur frequently, nasal surgery may be the best option for permanent relief. A number of different surgical procedures can be used to treat acute sinusitis such as balloon sinuplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery etc. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ent Specialist.
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About Budesonide
When is Budesonide prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Budesonide ?
What are the side effects of Budesonide ?
Key highlights of Budesonide
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Budesonide approved?
Medicines containing Budesonide
What are the interactions for Budesonide ?