This medication is an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive steroid that is used primarily to treat inflammatory intestinal disease in dogs and cats. Budesonide is available in the form of capsules and as a product for inhalation.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A synthetic corticosteroid
- Given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING
- Used for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and certain types of colitis, especially in animals that are unresponsive or intolerant of other commonly administered steroids
- Inhaled forms have been used for the treatment of asthma and allergic rhinitis
Read and follow the prescription label carefully. This medication is much stronger than other steroids and appropriate dosing is important.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Discuss with your veterinarian if this medication is to be given with food.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian. Serious side effects can occur if this medication is discontinued abruptly.
For this medication to work properly, do not crush the capsules, open the capsules, or allow your pet to chew the capsules.
Baseline blood work is recommended to assess your pet's general health before starting this medication.
Periodic blood work to monitor its effects on the body is also advised if long term therapy is necessary. Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.
Ensure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean drinking water while taking this medication. Your pet may have to urinate more frequently than normal and 'accidents' are possible
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Budesonide should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
- This medication has limited systemic side effects compared to other commonly administered steroids
- This medication can cause excessive appetite, thirst, and urination
- This medication can cause adrenal suppression and Hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing’s disease
- This medication can affect the liver
- If you notice any of these symptoms or if your pet's condition worsens contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving in conjunction with: corticosteroids, erythromycin, fluconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole, diltiazem, oral antacids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Budesonide
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS medication?
- Use with caution in animals with known liver disease
- Use with caution in animals with gastrointestinal ulcers
- Use with caution in animal with diabetes mellitus and cataracts
- Use with caution in animals undergoing future potentially stressful procedures
- This medication suppresses the immune system, use with caution in animals with active infections
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, Budesonide should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Budesonide. If you have any questions or concerns about this medication or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.