Budesonide (brand names: Entocort EC®, Uceris®, Pulmicort®, Rhinocort®) is a systemic glucocorticoid (steroid) used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in dogs and cats, especially when other steroids are ineffective, or the pet cannot tolerate steroids. It may also be used to treat sinus inflammation or asthma.
The inhaled form is used in the long-term management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The nasal spray is used for allergic rhinitis and nasal polyps. The pills in a delayed release form and rectal forms may be used for inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and microscopic colitis.
Its use in cats and dogs to treat IBD is ‘off label’ or ‘extra label’. Many drugs are commonly prescribed for off label use in veterinary medicine. In these instances, follow your veterinarian’s directions and cautions very carefully as their directions may be significantly different from those on the label.
Budesonide is used in dogs for the treatment of Chronic Cholitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Tracheobronchitis (acute or chronic inflammation of the trachea and bronchial airways) and Chronic hepatitis.