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This medication is used to treat symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis). Budesonide does not cure this condition, but it may help relieve symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bloody stools. Using this medication as an enema allows it to work directly on the bowel and rectum. Budesonide is a corticosteroid that works by decreasing swelling (inflammation).
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using budesonide and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Use this medication as an enema in the rectum as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the evening at bedtime. Dissolve the tablet in the enema solution provided, shaking well for at least 10 seconds. The mixed solution should be pale yellow. After mixing, use the solution right away. Do not prepare the solution in advance. Do not swallow the tablet.
For best results, use after a bowel movement. Lie on your left side with the left knee bent toward the chest. Gently insert the nozzle into the rectum. Gently but firmly squeeze the bottle so that all of the drug flows into the rectum. Straighten your leg, roll over on your stomach, and stay in that position for at least 5 minutes. Keep the medicine in your rectum overnight or for as long as possible.
The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Also, you may experience symptoms such as extreme tiredness, muscle/joint pain, headache, weakness, or nausea. To prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with this drug, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Report any new or worsening symptoms right away.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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