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Budesonide is used in the treatment of allergic disorders and asthma.

How it works

Budesonide belongs to a group of medicines called as corticosteroids. It works by reducing swelling and inflammation in the nose, throat, lungs or intestine.

Common side effects

Electrolyte imbalance, Glaucoma, Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, Bone degradation, Hoarseness of voice, Blemish, Increased risk of infection, Muscle disorders, Belching, Indigestion, Aphonia (loss of voice), Sleeping disorder, Sore throat, Anxiety, Stomach pain, Heartburn, Depression, Increased blood pressure, Growth retardation, Cough, Effected adrenal gland, Excitement, Altered bone growth, Skin scar, Nervousness, Bruise, Behavioural changes, Irritation, Restlessness, Cataract, Increased glucose level in blood

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Expert advice

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals and drinking plenty of fluids is helpful while taking Budesonide.
  • Take the drug with meals to avoid stomach upset.
  • Take the drug at the same time every day.
  • Do not take budesonide if you are allergic to it.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will slowly adjust your dose to avoid unwanted side effects.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse on instructions to use the budesonide inhaler before use.
  • Inform your doctor if you have breathing problems or tightness in the chest even after taking the medicine.

Frequently asked questions



Does budesonide inhaler contain steroids?
Yes. Budesonide inhaler is a steroid drug used mainly to control an asthma attack


Is budesonide safe?
Yes. Budesonide is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, please consult your doctor


Is budesonide same as Pulmicort?
Yes. Pulmicort is a brand name of budesonide

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Are budesonide and albuterol same?
No. Budesonide is different from albuterol which is a beta-receptor agonist drug. Both are usedto treat asthma


Can I take ibuprofen/prednisolone/Benadryl with budesonide?
Budesonide can be taken with ibuprofen or Benadryl only if advised by your doctor. Prednisolone is another steroid medication and generally not taken along with other steroid like budesonide, so it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking prednisolone with budesonide


Does budesonide cause weight loss/weight gain/hair loss/hyperactivity?
Budesonide may cause weight gain but not weight loss, hyperactivity or hair loss and increased hair growth on face. If you notice any such symptoms, please consult your doctor


Does budesonide cure cough?
Budesonide can cure cough related to asthma or allergic diseases of nose, throat or chest


Does it help in croup?
It is not used for croup


Is budesonide safe for infants?
It is advisable to consult your doctor before giving budesonide to an infant or child.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)