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Budesonide capsules belong to the class of medications called corticosteroids. It is used to treat mild to moderate Crohn's disease, an inflammatory disease of the bowel. It works by decreasing inflammation in the intestine and colon. The full effect of this medication is usually seen within 2 to 4 weeks.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended adult dose to treat a flare-up of Crohn's disease is 9 mg taken once daily in the morning before breakfast for up to 8 weeks.
After the initial 8 weeks of treatment and when symptoms are controlled, the recommended adult maintenance dose is 6 mg taken once daily in the morning before breakfast for up to 3 months.
The capsules should be swallowed whole with water and not chewed, broken, or crushed before being swallowed. People who are taking this medication should avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit on a regular basis as this may increase the amount of budesonide that gets into the body and increase the risk of side effects.
If your symptoms are controlled after 3 months, your doctor may suggest that you gradually stop taking this medication by reducing the dose gradually over 2 to 4 weeks. Follow your doctor's instructions closely.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature in its original container in a dry place, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Each controlled release, 2-piece hard gelatin capsule, with an opaque light-grey body and an opaque pink cap, printed "CIR" over "3mg" in black radial ink, contains micronized budesonide 3 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acetyltributyl citrate, dimethicone, ethylcellulose, gelatin, iron oxide, methacrylic acid copolymer, polysorbate 80, sodium lauryl sulfate, sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), talc, titanium dioxide, and triethylcitrate.
Budesonide should not be taken by anyone who:
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