Budesonide is a steroid medicine used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease.
Take budesonide regularly as directed in the morning. Swallow whole with a glass of water.
If you have trouble swallowing you can open the capsules and sprinkle the contents on a small amount of soft food and swallow without chewing. Do not crush the capsule contents.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
These side effects happen less often with budesonide capsules or tablets than with other steroid medicines.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Changes in vision
Peeing more often, feeling thirsty
Muscle or bone aches and pains
|Tell your doctor|
Mood changes, restlessness, trouble sleeping
Weight gain, swollen feet or legs
Skin thinning, acne, stomach upset
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2020
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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