budesonide, Entocort EC, Uceris extended release tablets (cont.)

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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.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of budesonide are headache, respiratory tract infection, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, back pain, dizziness, fatigue, and symptoms or signs of excessive steroid use. Excessive corticosteroid use causes acne, easy bruising, moon (rounded) faces, buffalo hump, excessive hair growth, and swollen ankles.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2013

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