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 167 62
Crohn's disease 95 53
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 48 24
Microscopic colitis 27 22
Cystic fibrosis 24 4

Show all 53 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 14
Moderate 22
Mild 33
None 123

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Budesonide

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 5
Weight gain 5
Sore throat 4
Anxious mood 3
Headaches 3
Mood swings 3

Show all 69 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Budesonide

Dosage Patients
9 mg daily 9
3 mg daily 5
2 other twice daily 3
0.5 mg daily 2
0.5 mg/2 mL twice daily 2
0.5 mg twice daily 2
6 mg daily 2
3 mg three times daily 2
32 mcg daily 2
180 mcg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Budesonide

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 64
Did not seem to work 58
Course of treatment ended 39
Other 31
Side effects too severe 23
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 7
See all 185 patients who've stopped taking Budesonide

Duration

Currently taking Budesonide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Budesonide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 38
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 135
Usually 35
Sometimes 12
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 34
Not at all hard to take 127
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 1
$50-99 12
$25-49 14
< $25 64
Not specified 94

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Budesonide after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 6
Mesalamine (Pentasa) 3
Prednisolone (Panafcortelone) 3
Adalimumab (Humira) 2
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 2

Show all 16 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) 2
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 2

Show all 18 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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