Compounded Budesonide (Entocort EC, Uceris)
Budesonide is a medication used in humans and animals to help reduce intestinal inflammation. When given orally, budesonide can be used to treat inflammatory intestinal conditions in dogs and cats. Because it does not go into the systemic system as much as other steroids, its often used in animals that cannot tolerate other steroids or prednisolone. It is important to remember that even though the medication takes effect within as little as 1-2 hours after being given, the true benefits of the medication to your animal’s health may not be seen outwardly. Your veterinarian may require routine tests in order to monitor the level of effectiveness. Budesonide does require a prescription from your veterinarian in order to be dispensed. You and your veterinarian should discuss if this is the best option for your pet.
Budesonide is given orally and can be compounded to the desired strength and flavor that best suits your patient/pet. We compound this medication into suspensions, capsules, dissolvable tablets (tiny tabs), and a GI slurry. This medication may be given with or without food. If the patient vomits after receiving the dose on an empty stomach, the next dose should be given with food to decrease GI upset. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
Common side effects of budesonide include greater appetite, increased thirst, increase urination, and weight gain. If the patient experiences a lack of appetite or persistent vomiting or diarrhea, please contact your veterinarian/doctor immediately as these symptoms may indicate a serious reaction. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.