Budesonide is a locally-acting corticosteroid that is used by veterinarians to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and some types of colitis in cats and dogs. While this medication is not a cure for IBD, it can be highly effective at controlling the symptoms.
Budesonide for Use in Veterinary Medicine
Budesonide is only available with a prescription from a licensed veterinarian. You can obtain a customized formulation of this medication through a qualified veterinary compounding pharmacy in dosage forms such as capsule, tablet, oral suspension, or transdermal gel.
How to Administer Budesonide
It is important that you give budesonide to your pet in the manner and frequency indicated by the veterinarian. If you miss a dose, do not double up the next dose. Give the missed dose as soon as possible, but if it is close in time to the next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and administer the medication again according to the schedule.
Possible Side Effects of Budesonide
Budesonide is safe and effective when used according to your veterinarian’s directions, but some animals may be sensitive or allergic to the medication. Common potential side effects associated with budesonide include increased appetite, increased thirst, increased urination and changes in hair coat.
If an animal experiences muscle loss, weakness, black and tarry stools, blood in the stool or a “pot belly” while taking budesonide, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Do not discontinue this medication abruptly, as it may cause severe weakness, vomiting, collapse and, in severe cases, sudden death.
Budesonide – Special Considerations in Veterinary Medicine
Budesonide should be used with caution if an animal is suffering from an active infection, ulcers, cataracts, diabetes or liver impairments. This medication also has the potential to interact with other medications your pet is currently taking, so it’s important to make your veterinarian aware of any existing drug regimen. Common medication interactions include fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, diltiazem, cimetidine and erythromycin.
After giving this medication to your pet, it is recommended that you wash your hands thoroughly in order to prevent cross-contamination.