People who have ulcerative colitis may benefit from budesonide ER. By decreasing inflammation, the medication can help control flares of this condition without some of the serious side effects of other steroid medications. It comes as a tablet that is taken once daily in the morning for up to eight weeks. Side effects may include respiratory infections, nausea, and headaches.
(Click What Is Budesonide ER Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Just like any medicine, budesonide ER can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. Most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common budesonide ER side effects include:
(Click Budesonide ER Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking budesonide ER if you have:
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Intestinal or stomach ulcers
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Uceris and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Uceris and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Budesonide ER to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)