Client information leaflet

Updated: May 2011
Keep this leaflet safe, as you may need to refer to it again.
Please ask your vet or veterinary nurse if you have any further questions.
This medicine has been prescribed for your pet ONLY. Do not take it yourself or give it to another person
or any other animal; it may harm them even if their symptoms appear to be the same.

The medicine you have been given for your dog or cat is called budesonide. It may have a trade name such as Budenofalk® or Entocort®, but often will just be called budesonide.
What is budesonide?
medicines called corticosteroids. These What should I do if I run out of
corticosteroids (e.g. prednisolone) given capsules?
reduce the likelihood of side effects.
your supply is getting low. If you do run What are the possible side
effects of budesonide for my
Why has my pet been prescribed
as possible. Stopping budesonide
Budesonide is used in veterinary patients treatment suddenly, after prolonged
with excessively high levels of steroids; to treat inflammatory bowel disease. This use, can be dangerous and should
these include hair loss, muscle wasting, always be avoided. If your pet
lethargy, an increase in appetite, and an becomes depressed, unwell or vomits,
contact your vet immediately.
urination. If your pet shows any unusual What should I do if I miss a dose?
How should I store budesonide?
If you do miss a dose, give your pet the dose it should have had straight away. What should I do if my
storage conditions. For safety, all
Make sure that the next dose is separated pet is unwell while taking
medicines should be kept out of the
by at least 6 hours, before reverting back budesonide?
reach and sight of children.
How do I give budesonide
What should I do if my pet is
budesonide, do not suddenly stop
capsules to my pet?
accidentally given too many
giving the drug as this can be
dangerous. You should contact your vet
Contact your vet immediately if your
pet is given an overdose of budesonide.
What should I do if a person
carefully on the back of the pet’s tongue accidentally takes this drug?
Can my pet take budesonide if
If a person accidentally takes your pet’s I am already giving them other
capsules have a special ‘enteric’ coating the local hospital immediately. Take this
that prevents the drug being inactivated Tell your vet if you are giving your pet before it reaches the inflamed section of any other medications, even if you think their container (even if it is empty) with you.
Whom do I contact if I want to
know more?
How long will my pet need to
erythromycin (an antibiotic), cimetidine take budesonide?
know your pet’s medical history and will The Prescribing Cascade
This medicine is authorized for use in human patients and is used by vets under the ‘prescribing cascade’. The medicine is not authorized by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), for use in dogs/cats/pets. Your vet can explain the ‘prescribing cascade’ in further detail to you and also explain why they are prescribing this drug for your pet. You will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you understand the reasons that the drug is being prescribed and its possible complications, before the treatment is issued.
British Small Animal Veterinary Association 2011. While the editors and the BSAVA have made every effort in preparing this information leaflet, the contents and any statements are made in good faith purely for general guidance and cannot be regarded as substitute for professional advice. The publishers, contributors and the BSAVA do not take responsibility for the information provided on this leaflet and hence do not accept any liability for loss or expense incurred (by you or persons that you disseminate the materials to) as a result of relying on content in this leaflet. To this end, you are advised to consult your vet and seek his professional advice before taking any steps set out in this leaflet. If you are a vet, you must not rely on the contents in this leaflet without independently verifying the correctness and veracity of the contents.


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