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Precautions and Warnings With Budesonide ER

Budesonide ER may increase your risk of developing infections. It can also cause problems for people with glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, or certain other medical conditions. To help ensure your safety, talk to your healthcare provider about your medical history before starting treatment. Other warnings and precautions with budesonide ER apply to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or nursing.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking budesonide ER (Uceris™) if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Budesonide ER Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this medication include the following:
  • If you are switching from another steroid to budesonide ER, which has more mild "steroid effects" on the body than most other steroids, your healthcare provider should decrease your dose of the other steroid slowly instead of stopping it "cold turkey."
  • Budesonide ER is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. You may be at a higher risk for infections. Certain infections, such as chickenpox or the measles, may be more dangerous if you are taking budesonide ER. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles (if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them).
  • Like all steroids, budesonide ER can cause problems in people with glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, ulcers, or liver disease. Check with your healthcare provider before taking budesonide ER if you have any of these conditions.
  • Before starting budesonide ER, make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as budesonide ER may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to worsen.
  • Never chew, break, or open budesonide ER tablets; they must be swallowed whole.
  • Budesonide ER is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Uceris and Pregnancy).
  • Budesonide ER passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Uceris and Breastfeeding).

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