Budesonide extended-release tablets are used for:
Treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Budesonide extended-release tablets are a corticosteroid. It works by decreasing inflammation.
Do NOT use budesonide extended-release tablets if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in budesonide extended-release tablets
you are taking interleukins (eg, aldesleukin) or mifepristone
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using budesonide extended-release tablets:
Some medical conditions may interact with budesonide extended-release tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have liver problems, stomach problems (eg, ulcers), high blood pressure, weak bones (osteoporosis), or any kind of infection
if you have chicken pox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chicken pox or measles
if you or a family member have had diabetes, glaucoma, or cataracts
if you have a history of tuberculosis (TB)
if you are planning to have surgery
if you have been taking another corticosteroid medicine
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with budesonide extended-release tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Atazanavir, boceprevir, clarithromycin, cobicistat, darunavir, erythromycin, fosamprenavir, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telaprevir, telithromycin, tipranavir, or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of budesonide extended-release tablets’s side effects
Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), mifepristone, or rifamycins (eg, rifampin) because they may decrease budesonide extended-release tablets’s effectiveness
Ritodrine or quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by budesonide extended-release tablets
Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) or interleukins (eg, aldesleukin) because their effectiveness may be decreased by budesonide extended-release tablets
How to use budesonide extended-release tablets:
Use budesonide extended-release tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
An extra patient leaflet is available with budesonide extended-release tablets. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
Take budesonide extended-release tablets in the morning, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Take budesonide extended-release tablets by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
Swallow budesonide extended-release tablets whole with water. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
Use budesonide extended-release tablets on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you use budesonide extended-release tablets.
If you miss a dose of budesonide extended-release tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use budesonide extended-release tablets.
Important safety information:
Tell your doctor or dentist that you take budesonide extended-release tablets before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
Budesonide extended-release tablets may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Contact your doctor if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles.
Do not receive a live vaccine (eg, measles, mumps) while you are taking budesonide extended-release tablets. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
Diabetes patients – Budesonide extended-release tablets may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
Lab tests, including adrenal function, may be performed while you use budesonide extended-release tablets. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
Budesonide extended-release tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks if they take budesonide extended-release tablets.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using budesonide extended-release tablets while you are pregnant. Budesonide extended-release tablets are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking budesonide extended-release tablets.
If you have any questions about budesonide extended-release tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Budesonide extended-release tablets are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.