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Why is this medication prescribed?

For treating Crohn’s disease, utilise budesonide (Entocort EC) (a condition in which the body attacks the lining of the digestive tract, causing pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and fever). Patients with primary immunoglobulin A nephropathy are treated with budesonide (Tarpeyo) to reduce protein in the urine (kidney disease that occurs in some people when too much immunoglobin A builds up in the kidney, causing inflammation). In the group of drugs known as corticosteroids, budesonide is included. In patients with Crohn’s disease or nephropathy, it reduces inflammation (swelling) in the digestive system, which is how it works.

How should this medicine be used?

Budesonide is available as a capsule to be swallowed. It is often taken in the morning, once daily. Take budesonide every day at roughly the same time. It is recommended to take budesonide (Tarpeyo) at least an hour before a meal. How long you should take budesonide will be advised by your doctor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. As indicated, take budesonide as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Do not break, chew, or crush the capsules; instead, swallow them whole. Budesonide (Entocort EC) capsules may be opened, sprinkled on a tablespoon of apple sauce, thoroughly mixed, and taken whole without chewing within 30 minutes of mixing if you are unable to swallow them whole. A full glass of water should be consumed after the applesauce mixture.

your doctor will keep a close eye on you. Your doctor might lower your budesonide dosage if your symptoms are under control. Your doctor might gradually lower your dosage and eventually cease using this medicine to treat you once your symptoms have been under control for three months. It is critical to communicate your feelings to your doctor during your therapy.

Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking budesonide,

  • If you have any pharmaceutical allergies, be sure to let your doctor and pharmacist know.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Mention cyclosporine, erythromycin, ketoconazole, indinavir, itraconazole, ritonavir, and saquinavir if you are taking any of them. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects. Tell your doctor about all of the medications you are taking, even any not on this list, as many other drugs may also interact with budesonide.
  • Inform your doctor if you have glaucoma, diabetes (high blood sugar), tuberculosis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become brittle and break easily), cataracts, liver illness, a stomach ulcer, or any other of these conditions.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, believe you could be expecting, plan to conceive, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking budesonide.
  • You should let your doctor or dentist know that you are taking budesonide if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
  • If you have never had chicken pox or measles and you have not received a vaccination against these diseases, let your doctor know. Avoid sick people, especially those who have the measles or chicken pox. Call your doctor right once if you are exposed to one of these infections or if you start to exhibit signs of one of these infections. To keep yourself safe from certain infections, you might need therapy.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

While using this medication, avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from budesonide are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing, sneezing, and runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Abdomen ache
  • Itching, dry skin
  • Gas
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Back ache
  • Pain
  • Cramping muscles

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if any of these symptoms occur to you:

  • Itching
  • Skin rash
  • Fever
  • Neck and face swelling
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Terrible headache
  • Alterations to vision
  • Acne
  • Bruising
  • The arms or legs swelling
  • Fat between your shoulders, or hump
  • Stretch marks that are pink or purple on the skin of your arms, thighs, breasts, or stomach

Other negative effects of budesonide may occur. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug or if your symptoms worsen, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

All medications should be kept out of the sight and reach of children, as many of the containers (such as weekly pill containers and those for eye drops, lotions, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for small children to open. Always lock safety caps and put the medication in a secure spot right away, up high and out of young children’s sight and reach, to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call 1-800-222-1222 to reach the poison control hotline in the event of an overdose. You can get information online at Call emergency services at 911 right away if the sufferer has fallen, experienced a seizure, is having problems breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are taking budesonide prior to any laboratory test.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Entocort® EC
  • Tarpeyo ®
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