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Budesonide Delayed Release Oral Capsule (BUDESONIDE CAPSULES - ORAL)

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • autoimmune disorder
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • kidney disease

Brand Name(s): Entocort

Generic Name: Budesonide

Instructions

Swallow the medicine without crushing or chewing it.

You may open the capsule and sprinkle onto applesauce. Eat the applesauce without chewing the medicine.

Take the medicine with 250 mL (1 cup) of water.

You may take with food to prevent stomach upset.

This medicine will work best if you take it at about the same time every day.

Store at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not keep in the bathroom.

Avoid grapefruit juice while on this medicine.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal schedule. Do not take 2 doses at one time.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

Tell your doctor if symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

This medicine may affect the strength of your bones. If you have or are at increased risk for osteoporosis (weakening of the bones), your doctor may recommend foods with calcium and vitamin D.

Keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

This medicine may cause serious bleeding from the stomach or bowels. Stop this medicine and call your doctor immediately if you see any signs of bleeding. Bleeding can cause pain in the stomach, vomiting up liquid that looks like coffee grounds, and red or dark tarry stools.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Speak with your doctor before taking any medicine with aspirin.

Please check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

Avoid smoking while on this medicine. Smoking may increase your risk for bone fractures.

Avoid smoking while on this medicine. Smoking may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.

This medicine may reduce your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid contact with people with colds, flu or other infections.

Speak with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • bleeding or bruising
  • bone pain
  • coughing
  • depression or feeling sad
  • swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat
  • fever or chills
  • hair growth
  • increased risk for an infection
  • mood changes
  • muscle pain or weakness
  • thinning of the skin
  • sore throat
  • yeast infection of mouth
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • weight loss
  • slow wound healing

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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