- Budesonide is a glucocorticoid steroid for the treatment of asthma, non-infectious rhinitis (including hay fever and other allergies), and for treatment and prevention of nasal polyposis.
- Additionally it is used for Crohn's disease (inflammatory bowel disease).
- It is also sold in combination with formoterol (Oxis) in a single inhaler, under the brand name Symbicort. In Brazil it's marketed by Eurofarma under the brand name Noex.
- It is marketed by AstraZeneca as a nasal inhalant under the brand name Rhinocort (in Denmark, as Rhinosol), as an oral inhalant under the brand name Pulmicort (in Israel, Budicort), and as either an enema or a modified release oral capsule under the brand name Entocort.
Budesonide may cause:
* nose irritation or burning
* bleeding or sores in the nose
* upset stomach
* dry mouth
* sore throat
* bad taste in mouth
* change in mucus color
In addition the following symptoms should be reported immediately:
* difficulty breathing or swelling of the face
* white patches in the throat, mouth, or nose
* irregular menstrual periods
* severe acne
* rarely, behavioral changes—when these do occur, they seem to mostly affect children. For citation, see reference above.