Budeson review

Budeson is a medication used to treat bronchial asthma and those suffering from a range of respiratory problems related to nasal problems. It is a glucocorticoid steroid that interacts with hydrocortisone or cortisol, the two that are naturally produced by the body via the adrenal glands. Its main effect upon inhalation is to have an anti-inflammatory effect, which in turn lessens the possible reaction of the airways prior to asthma attacks. This causes a retardation of the initial hypersensitivity of the main airways. Spasms are prevented and allow air to pass through more easily for proper respiration.

It should be stressed that Budeson should not be given during an asthma attack but only as a preventive measure for future asthma attacks.

Budeson is given to patients who may have problems with hypersensitivity attacks that entail constricting of airways. It may be prescribed to patients who have allergic reactions that also lead to the same constriction pattern. Budeson is used to treat long-term ailments for asthma and is also recommended for patients who have difficulty breathing at night or those with paroxysmal nocturnal asthma attacks.

This medication should not be given to acute attacks of asthma. Usually, a prescription for this medication is given to patients who are more than six years of age. The immediate effects of the medication may be seen as early as 24 hours after initial administration, while full effect of the medication will be significantly seen within 1 to 2 weeks.

For adults, the usual prescription is 1 to 4 puffs, two times a day. For children, the prescription is usually halved, with 1 to 2 puffs, twice per day. There are some instances where doctors will use this medication to treat mild asthma. In this aspect, the number of puffs would still be based on the age of the patient, but the frequency per day would be halved.

Usual side effects of this medication are a mild cough or wheezing. A bronchodilator such as Ventolin, or any albuterol generic medication usually counters this side effect. This counter medication is taken prior to taking Budeson to prevent the occurrence of the side effect.

There are some instances wherein oral thrush may thrive. Usual statistics are about 1 in every 25 patients, but this is considered to be caused by either a weakened immune system or improper hygiene especially with the patients' care and cleanliness in between puffs.

A long-term side effect of the glucocorticoid content of Budeson may alter and decrease the calcium and bone formation of patients, which may cause osteoporosis.

Its interaction with other medications is very minimal, except for those using Ketoconazole. It is documented that the presence of Ketoconazole in the body increases the amount of retained Budeson. This may account in the increased chance of a side effect. General precautions should be given to those who are pregnant.

Budeson has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of budeson

• Molecular formula of budeson is C25H34O6
Budeson available : nasal spray 32 mcg

Generic name: Budesonide

Brand name(s): Bidien, Cortivent, Desonide, Desowen, Entocort, Micronyl, Preferid, Pulmicort, Rhinocort, Rhinocort Aqua, Spirocort, Tridesilon

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