Budesonide

generic for Entocort EC

Budesonide Side Effects

See also Precautions section.

Dry/irritated throat, hoarseness, voice changes, bad taste in the mouth, runny nose, or nosebleeds may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Rarely, this medication may cause severe sudden worsening of breathing problems/asthma immediately after use. If you have sudden worsening of breathing, use your quick-relief inhaler and seek immediate medical attention.

Because this drug works by weakening the immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (such as ear pain, sore throat, fever, chills). Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush (yeast infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth or on your tongue.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: unusual tiredness, vision problems, easy bruising/bleeding, puffy face, unusual hair growth, mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation), muscle weakness/pain, thinning skin, slow wound healing, increased thirst/urination.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
  • oral candidiasis
  • esophageal candidiasis
  • hypercortisolism
  • adrenocortical insufficiency
  • immunosuppression
  • drug-induced psychosis
  • depression
  • aggressive behavior
  • ocular hypertension
  • glaucoma
  • cataracts
  • acute bacterial otitis media
  • ecchymosis
  • pharyngitis
  • sore throat
  • upper respiratory infection
  • sinusitis
  • allergic rhinitis
  • nasal congestion
  • bronchitis
  • xerostomia
  • dyspepsia
  • gastroenteritis
  • contact dermatitis
  • urticaria
  • arthralgia
  • osteopenia
  • syncope
  • insomnia
  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms
  • pain
  • dysgeusia
  • skin rash
  • headache disorder
  • voice change
  • cough
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain with cramps
  • nervousness
  • bruising
  • anaphylaxis
  • angioedema
  • general weakness
  • irritability
  • paradoxical bronchospasm
  • symptoms of anxiety
  • eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: aldesleukin, mifepristone.

This product may interfere with certain lab tests (such as skin tests). Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.