Budesonide is a corticosteroid drug. It reduces inflammation by binding to the receptor of corticosteroids, but its exact mechanism of action is not yet fully understood.


What is Budesonide?


Budesonide may be used to treat asthma, allergic rhinitis, different skin problems, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.


How should Budesonide be taken?


Relative to the case, budesonide can be administered in the form of capsules or tablets to be taken orally, by nasal spray or aerosol. In terms of the dosage, it is recommended to follow the doctor's prescription. Typically, capsules and tablets should be taken in the morning; in case they cause discomfort to the stomach, they can be swallowed with food.


Side effects associated with Budesonide


The possible adverse effects of Budesonide may include:


  • Acne
  • Swelling
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomach ache
  • Fatigue


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if Budesonide triggers any of the following:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itch
  • Tightness in chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Hoarseness
  • Accumulation of fat between the shoulders
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Difficult, frequent or painful urination
  • Dizziness or feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Fainting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Articular pains
  • Persistent insomnia
  • Pink or purple stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, breasts or arms
  • Your face becomes round
  • Severe headache
  • Severe or persistent nausea
  • Swelling of the ankles
  • Increase or thickening of hair
  • Bruises
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Vision problems
  • Vomiting


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Budesonide


Budesonide should not be taken together with interleukins or mifepristone. Moreover, during treatment it is best not to eat grapefruit or drink its juice.


Before starting treatment it is also important to inform your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or other drugs
  • You are taking other medications, herbal remedies and supplements, remembering to mention other corticosteroids, atazanavir, boceprevir, clarithromicina, cobicistat, darunavir, erythromycin, fosamprenavir, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telaprevir, telithromycin, tipranavir, voriconazole, barbiturates, carbamazepine, hydantoins, mifepristne, rifamycins, ritodrine, quinolones and interleukins
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from liver or stomach problems, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, infections, chicken pox or measles (even if you have been in contact with someone sick), diabetes, glaucoma or cataracts (even in family cases) or tuberculosis
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.


It is also important to inform surgeons and dentists about ongoing treatment with Budesonide prior to any procedure.