Entocort EC

1 What is Entocort EC?

Brand: Entocort EC, Uceris

Generic: Budesonide (Oral route)

Entocort EC is a product which belongs to a group of drugs known as anti – inflammatory drugs.

It is used in the treatment of certain bowel conditions – e.g. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is considered to work by decreasing the symptoms – e.g. pain and diarrhea.

This medication is available in the forms of a tablet and a capsule.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Entocort EC, it is essential to get informed about the expected beneficial effects, as well as, about the potential side effects and risks.

For this decision to be made, the beneficial effects must outweigh the potential risks. This is a decision that you and your doctor, together, will have to make.

During the consultations, it is important to inform the doctor about:

  • Allergic reaction – Inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or not prescribed. Also, inform the healthcare professional about any allergic reactions to any specific kind of food, dye, fabric and etc.
  • Pediatric – There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in pediatric patients. This medication is not recommended to be used in pediatric patients. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
  • Geriatric – Proper studies done have confirmed that there are no age – related risks and side effects when this medication has been used in geriatric patients. However, due to the increased sensitivity in geriatric patients, this medication must be used with extra caution during the treatment.
  • Pregnancy – Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy. It is unknown how would it affect the fetus.This medication is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
  • Breastfeeding – Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers. It is unknown if it is extracted in the milk or how would it affect the infant.This medication is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
  • Drug interactions – Inform the doctor if you are currently using any other medications, prescribed or not prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea. This is important because certain medications are not recommended to be used in a combination with others.However, sometimes the doctor may decide to use a specific combination, including two or more medications, to treat your condition, if he or she considers that combination to prove as beneficial regarding your condition.
  • Other interactions – Certain medications are not recommended to be used in a combination with the specific type of food, tobacco, and alcohol. Because of this, it is important to get informed if there is a need for you to follow a specific type of diet and discontinue your use of tobacco and alcohol during the treatment with this medication.Avoid drinking grapefruit juice and eating grapefruit during the treatment with this medication, to help to decrease the risk of potential side effects.
  • Other medical problems – Inform the doctor about your medical history, any other medical conditions, and problems from the past or at the moment.Especially, inform the doctor if there are any of the following conditions present – cataracts, diabetes, eczema, glaucoma, hypertension, infection, osteoporosis, tuberculosis, rhinitis, weaken the immune system, and liver disease.

3 Proper Usage

For proper use of Entocort EC follow the directions given by your doctor. This medication is available in the forms of a capsule and a tablet, for oral route.

Swallow the tablet or the capsule whole, with or without food, as directed by your doctor. Do not break, chew, or crush the tablet or the capsule.

The dose is individual for every patient, prescribed by the doctor and based on your condition and the prognosis of the treatment. In order to get the most beneficial effects from its use, remember to use this medication regularly.

If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not double to catch up. This medication is harmful in case of an overdose. If an overdose is suspected, contact the doctor right away for further directions.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Entocort EC, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

Visit your doctor regularly, at your scheduled appointments, so that he or she would be able to track your condition and make any adjustments if needed. These adjustments may refer to the dose – e.g. the doctor may decide to increase or decrease the dose, or to the treatment itself – the doctor may decide to discontinue your treatment if there are any serious side effects present that would worsen your condition, or if your condition does not improve.

Inform the doctor about any allergic reaction to any kind of medications, prescribed or not prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea. This is important because this medication may contain inactive substances that could cause certain interactions to occur.

Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. This medication is not recommended to be used during pregnancy, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy. At least two proven forms of birth control should be used during the treatment with this medication.

Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. This medication is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers. This medication is not recommended to be used in pediatric patients, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in pediatric patients.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Entocort EC. These side effects do not occur in all patients, also they could be mild or more serious.

However, it is essential to get informed about the potential side effects, so that you would be able to notice their presence and inform the doctor as soon as possible.

Common Side Effects:

These are common side effects which are not considered as serious. However, of their presence persists or worsens, inform the doctor as soon as possible.

Serious side effects:

  • Unusual tiredness
  • Vision problems
  • Easy/unexplained bruising/bleeding
  • Puffy face
  • Unusual hair growth
  • Mood changes

These are serious side effects whose presence must be reported to the doctor as soon as possible.

A very serious allergic reaction to this medication is not common. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, contact the doctor as soon as possible:

  • Skin rash
  • Itching/swelling of the face/tongue/hands/feet
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe dizziness

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