What is Budesonide?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Budesonide is a corticosteroid. Intranasal it is used for symptoms of seasonal or perennial rhinitis. Nebulizer or inhalation delivery is used for Maintenance and prophylactic treatment of asthma. The oral capsule is used to treat active Crohn's disease (CD) or to maintain remission of CD.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Asthma 166 61
Crohn's disease 93 50
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 46 22
Cystic fibrosis 24 4
Microscopic colitis 24 16

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
13
Moderate
20
Mild
29
None
114

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Budesonide

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 5
Sore throat 4
Weight gain 4
Anxious mood 3
Nausea 3
Breathing difficulty 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Budesonide

Dosage Patients
9 mg daily 6
3 mg twice daily 3
6 mg daily 3
3 mg three times daily 3
0.5 mg/2 mL twice daily 2
1 other daily 2
3 mg daily 2
9 mg twice daily 2
32 mcg daily 2
0.032 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Budesonide

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 59
Did not seem to work 56
Course of treatment ended 37
Other 31
Side effects too severe 22
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 7
See all 178 patients who've stopped taking Budesonide

Duration

Currently taking Budesonide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Budesonide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 123
Usually 32
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 33
Not at all hard to take 113
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 12
$25-49 15
< $25 57
Not specified 86

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Budesonide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 5
Prednisolone (Panafcortelone) 3
Adalimumab (Humira) 2
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 1
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Budesonide and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 4
Fluticasone (Flovent HFA) 3
Formoterol-mometasone (Dulera) 3
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Beclomethasone inhaler (Qvar) 1

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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9 patient evaluations for Budesonide

Jan 26, 2016 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 720 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I remain very pleased with Pulmicort.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 28, 2015 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 720 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Pulmicort remains the most effective long term asthma treatment I have ever used.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 2, 2010 (Started Nov 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 720 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication is a very fine powder, instead of an aerosol spray so it did NOT cause a thrush coating to my tongue.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Dec 31, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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May 15, 2015 (Started Jun 30, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: My nebulizer quit working during a time when I had to change doctors and therefore had to have everyone of my medications rewritten by the new doctor when I finally found one I could work with (and after only about 2 to 3 months, I found out she quit to take a better position) so I get to go through it all over again! Ugh!!#!). Anyway, due to all of the Medicaid and Medicare regulations regarding medical equipment, I haven't been able to use the Budesonide (or another neb med). The pharmacy & doctors finally got everything worked out so I'm getting new machine next week & will be restarting the nebulizer meds again at that time. The time it takes, especially when I also take the duonebs at the same time, is really frustrating and boring. So sometimes I "conveniently" forget it. The duoneb however brings about a major difference right when I'm taking it which makes it easier to adhere to the schedule. I don't really notice that there is any improvement when I'm using it, but I can definitely tell a difference when I don't use it regularly.

Aug 14, 2014 (Started Jun 30, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea, dry mouth, sore throat, dry throat)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg/2 mL Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This is a nebulizer version of Pulmicort. I take it twice a day. I also take DuoNeb 4 times/day via nebulizer. Duoneb is a sterile inhalation solution containing a combination of albuterol and ipratropium. nebulizer version of albuterol. The DuoNeb and Budesonide solutions can be mixed and taken together, however, this causes a lot of foaming and ultimately takes significantly longer than taking one after the other.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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