budesonide, Entocort EC, Uceris, Pulmicort, Pulmicort Flexhaler (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Medicines which block the liver enzymes that break down budesonide may lead to higher blood concentrations and more side effects of budesonide. Such medications include ketoconazole (Nizoral), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin, verapamil (for example, Calan; Isoptin; Covera HS), diltiazem (for example, Cardizem; Dilacor), ritonavir (Norvir; Kaletra), indinavir (Crixivan), and saquinavir (Invirase, Fortovase). Grapefruit juice has a similar effect and should not be consumed by patients taking budesonide.
PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies in pregnant women. Budesonide should only be used in pregnant women if the benefits outweigh the unknown risk. Use of budesonide during pregnancy may suppress the adrenal glands of the infant.
NURSING MOTHERS: Budesonide is secreted in human breast milk. Because of the potential for adverse reactions in nursing infants from any corticosteroid, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the budesonide.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/11/2015
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