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Entocort EC (budesonide) is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body.
Entocort EC (budesonide) is used to treat mild to moderate Crohn’s disease.
Entocort EC (budesonide) may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Capsule, extended-release (Entocort EC)
Tablet, extended-release (Uceris)
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use exactly as directed by your healthcare provider.
Take this medicine in the morning with a full glass of water.
For Crohn’s disease:
- take three capsules once daily in the morning; or
- take one capsule 3 times a day (morning, midday and evening), unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
Do not crush, chew, or break a Entocort EC (budesonide) capsule or tablet. Swallow it whole.
Your dosage needs may change if you have surgery, are ill, or are under stress. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Entocort EC (budesonide).
Entocort EC (budesonide) can weaken your immune system. Tell your doctor if you have signs of infection such as fever, chills, body aches, vomiting, or feeling tired.
If you use this medicine long-term, you may need frequent medical tests.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the right time.
Store at room temperature; away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
You should not use Entocort EC (budesonide) if you:
- are allergic to budesonide or any of the other ingredients;
- have a severe liver disease;
You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Entocort EC (budesonide) is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
You should avoid eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while taking budesonide.
Grapefruit juice slows down the body’s ability to break down budesonide, which could cause budesonide levels in the blood to rise dangerously high.
Because both budesonide and alcohol can cause dizziness, taking the two together may make it worse.
You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication.
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using Entocort EC (budesonide)
Tell your doctor if you have ever had or have:
- a serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection;
- a weak immune system (caused by disease or by using certain medicines);
- high blood pressure;
- cirrhosis or other liver disease;
- stomach or peptic ulcers;
- osteoporosis or low bone mineral density;
- any allergies; or
- diabetes, cataracts, or glaucoma (you or a family member)
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you have taken Entocort EC (budesonide) during pregnancy, tell your doctor if your newborn baby has symptoms such as weakness, irritability, vomiting, or feeding problems.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- thinning skin, easy bruising, increased acne or facial hair;
- swelling in your ankles;
- weakness, tiredness, or a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding;
- pain or burning when you urinate;
- menstrual problems (in women), impotence or loss of interest in sex (in men); or
- stretch marks, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist).
Let your doctor know if you want to interrupt or end your treatment early. It is important not to stop taking your medication early as it could make you ill.
Common side effects may include:
- dizziness and headache;
- nausea, stomach pain, gas, bloating, constipation;
- feeling tired;
- joint pain;
- acne; or
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Many drugs can affect Entocort EC (budesonide), especially:
- some medicines for HIV (ritonavir, cobicistat)
- Diabetes medications like Byetta or Bydureon (exenatide), Precose (acarbose), Amaryl (glimepiride), Diabeta or Glynase (glyburide), and Glucotrol or Glucotrol XL (glipizide)
- Water pills like Micronizide or Zide (hydrochlorothiazide), bumetanide, Diuril (chlorothiazide), Edecrin (ethacrynic acid), and Zaroxolyn (metolazone)
- Cordarone, Pacerone, or Nexterone (amiodarone) or Multaq (dronedarone)
If you take cholestyramine (for hypercholesterolemia or to treat diarrhea) or antacids (for indigestion) in addition toEntocort EC (budesonide), take these medicines at least 2 hours apart.
Tell your healthcare provider about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, recreational and herbal products.
Seek emergency medical attention.
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