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    Information about Budesonide

    Budesonide uses

    Budesonide is used in the treatment of Irritable bowel syndrome and asthma.

    How budesonide works

    Budesonide is a steroid which works by blocking the production of certain chemical messengers in the body that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and allergies.

    Common side effects of budesonide

    Headache, Respiratory tract infection, Back pain, Indigestion, Abdominal pain, Dizziness, Flatulence, Vomiting, Fatigue, Pain
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Budesonide

    • Budesonide ‘dampens down’ inflammation in the lungs to provide long-term (maintenance) treatment of asthma and prevent disease progression.
    • Budesonide will not work for an ongoing asthma attack. Use your rescue inhaler to control sudden difficulty in breathing.
    • Gargle with warm water after each inhalation to avoid any fungal infections in your mouth and throat.
    • Take it at the same time every day to prevent asthma attacks.
    • Never breathe out into the mouthpiece.
    • Only minuscule amounts of Budesonide may get absorbed into the bloodstream after inhalation. Hence, serious side effects such or weight gain are unlikely.

    Frequently asked questions for Budesonide


    Q. Does Budesonide raise blood sugar?

    If you are taking Budesonide orally, your blood sugar levels may increase. However, with Budesonide inhaler, an increase in the blood sugar levels is very rare but may increase only if very high doses are taken for a very long time.

    Q. Does Budesonide cause bone loss?

    Budesonide being a steroid tends to decrease bone density, but this is seen in patients who take Budesonide in high doses and for a very long time. Take Budesonide as per the doctor’s advice to decrease the chances of developing decreased bone density.

    Q. Does Budesonide weaken the immune system?

    Weakening of the immune system is more common in people who take Budesonide orally (tablet or capsule). With Budesonide inhalation, the immune system weakens only if it is taken in very high doses for a very long time.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)