Drug Interactions With BudesonideBudesonide EC can interact with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Budesonide EC).
What If I Overdose on Budesonide?A single overdose of budesonide EC is unlikely to cause serious problems. However, taking too much budesonide EC over many days can lead to problems. If you happen to overdose on budesonide EC, seek immediate medical attention.
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Budesonide: Storage MethodsBudesonide EC should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep budesonide EC capsules in an airtight container.
Keep budesonide EC and all other medications out of the reach of children.
What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose of Budesonide?If you do not take your budesonide EC as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not double your dose of budesonide EC.
How Does Budesonide Work?Budesonide EC is a corticosteroid. It works by decreasing inflammation (one of the problems in Crohn's disease). Steroids are often needed to help people control flares of Crohn's disease (when the symptoms temporarily get worse). However, unlike most other steroids, budesonide EC is less likely to cause the typical side effects of steroids (which can be quite bothersome and serious).
Budesonide EC is specifically designed to be released in the intestine (not in the stomach). When budesonide EC is absorbed into the body, the liver changes most of it into other compounds that do not have steroid side effects. Budesonide EC mostly works when it comes in contact with the intestines; therefore, it does not need to circulate throughout the body to work.