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Budesonide is classified as a corticosteroid and is commonly prescribed by physicians to decrease inflammation by boosting immunity within the body. Budesonide is predominantly used as part of the treatment plan for patients with Chron's disease though it has other applications medically as well. It is important to note that budesonide does not, and will not, cure Chron's disease but it may successfully decrease some of the troubling symptoms of the disease such as diarrhea and pain.

How to Use Budesonide

Budesonide is typically taken orally once a day as prescribed by your physician. Unless advised otherwise by your physician, take with a full glass of water. Budesonide can be taken with or without food. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have any specific questions after being prescribed budesonide. In some patients, budesonide is best delivered as an inhalant or rectal foam; talk to your physician to discuss what is the best option for you. Your compounding pharmacist may be a great source for answers to your questions regarding form of delivery.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects may differ from patient to patient. Some patients may experience no side effects, though others may experience one or several side effects. There is no way to know which, if any, side effects you may experience until you begin taking budesonide. Common side effects seen with budesonide are:

  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Moon Face and Bruising
  • Ankle Edema
  • Arthralgia
  • Nausea
  • Rhinitis
  • Asthenia
  • Hirsutism

Many other side effects are possible. If any of the above or any other side effects are experienced, monitor your condition seek prompt medical assistance if any side effects are increasing in intensity/becoming worse and/or seem to not be going away.

Severe Side Effects:

While severe side effects are not typically common with budesonide they are possible. It is important to seek medical treatment immediately if you experience any severe side effects. A partial list of some of the most common severe side effects is provided below. While some common side effects may also be severe side effects, it is best to be cautious and seek medical attention if any side effects are concerning. Note that there may be other side effects that are severe and serious not on this list and as always, if you feel you are having a medical emergency do not delay, seek immediate medical attention.

Partial List of Some Commonly Reported Severe Side Effects:

  • Vision Problems
  • Puffy Face
  • Extreme or Unusual Tiredness
  • Easy Bruising
  • Easy Bleeding
  • Odd or Unusual Hair Growth
  • Slow Wound Healing
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Agitation


Budesonide may be contraindicated for many different medical conditions and diseases, and it may also negatively interact with many medications. It is necessary for anyone who is considering taking budesonide in any form to first consult with their physician, discuss their medical history, and get a full medical workup before beginning to use this custom drug.

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