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Budesonide - Oral [Crohn'S Disease] - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Budesonide is used to treat Crohn's disease (also known as inflammatory bowel disease), which causes inflammation in the lower digestive tract (bowel).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Budesonide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Budesonide with or without food. Swallow the capsule whole with water. Do not divide, chew or crush the capsule. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Budesonide must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:

- high blood pressure
- diabetes or a family history of diabetes
- osteoporosis (brittle bones)
- glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye) or cataract
- stomach problems
- liver, kidney or heart disease
- tuberculosis
- myasthenia gravis (a nerve and muscular disorder)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Budesonide may lower your defense against infections such as chickenpox and measles. Try to avoid contact with people who are ill with these infections. Alert your doctor if you are exposed to these infections while you are being treated with Budesonide.

Do not receive any vaccinations without first consulting your doctor.

What side effects could I experience?

Budesonide may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach indigestion, stomach wind, stomach pain, diarrhoea, runny nose, back pain, dizziness and tiredness.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience:

- difficulty in breathing or itching
- facial puffiness, acne, weight gain, absence of menstruation, bruising easily, muscle and bone weakness
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being depressed, irritable, difficulty in sleeping and mood swings)
- sudden, severe blurring of vision or eye redness

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Budesonide with cholesterol medicines such as colestyramine. These medicines may reduce the effectiveness of Budesonide when taken at the same time. If you must take these medicines, take them at least 2 hours before or after Budesonide.

Inform your doctor if you are taking any these medicines:

- medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
- certain antibiotics e.g. clarithromycin, erythromycin
- medicines for HIV infecton e.g. ritonavir, saquinavir
- medicines for heart disease e.g. quinidine, verapamil
- certain vaccines e.g. bcg, measles, mumps and rubella, poliomyelitis, rubella, typhoid, varicella-zoster, yellow fever
- medicine for epilepsy (fits) e.g. carbamazepine

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Budesonide.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

Avoid grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Budesonide - Oral [Crohn'S Disease] and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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