Budesonide

Usual solid dosage form
Capsules (Budeonofalk®), tablets (Cortiment®), modified-release capsules (Entocort®)
Available as a liquid
No
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
No
Liquid strengths
n/a
Liquid sugar free or not
n/a
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
Yes
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
No
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to open standard release capsules and administer contents via enteral feeding tubes provided that the granules are not damaged. Stop the enteral feed before administration. The capsules should be opened and the contents mixed with 15-30 mL of fruit juice and drawn up with an enteral syringe. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. Caution is required as the granules may stick to the side of feeding tubes.No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered
Available as other formulations?
Gastro-resistant granules, rectal foam enema, enema, inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
Note
-
Film coated
Yes
Modified release
Yes
Enteric coated
Yes
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Budesonide
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended (Budenofalk® granules). Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest it is likely to be safe to open Budenofalk® capsules provided the granules are not chewed or damaged. Clinicians should be aware that this is an unlicensed use of the medication.