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Entocort EC is a prescription medication used to treat mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affecting the ileum and the ascending colon. It contains an active ingredient called budesonide. Budesonide is a corticosteroid with high intrinsic potency, being 200 times more potent than cortisol and 15 times more potent than prednisone. It has both anti-inflammatory and glucocorticoid effects.
As an anti-inflammatory medication, Entocort EC helps to reduce the swelling and irritation of the intestinal walls, which can alleviate symptoms like diarrhea and pain. Additionally, Entocort EC has a high glucocorticoid effect, which is why it is prescribed for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affecting the ileum and the ascending colon.
Uses and Dosage
Entocort EC (Budesonide) comes as a capsule orally. Follow the directions on the prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts that you do not understand. It usually once a day in the morning, at least an hour before a meal. The capsules should be swallowed whole and should not be split, chewed, or crushed. If you are unable to swallow the capsules, they can be opened and sprinkled onto a tablespoonful of applesauce, mixed well and swallowed whole, followed by a full glass of water within 30 minutes.
Entocort EC (Budesonide) may help control symptoms, but it cannot cure the condition. Therefore, your doctor will monitor your condition to see how well budesonide works for you. If your symptoms are controlled, your doctor may gradually decrease your dose or stop the medication entirely after three months of controlled symptoms. Discuss with your doctor and report any changes in how you are feeling during treatment.
Common Side Effects of Entocort EC (Budesonide):
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Thinning of the skin
- Changes in menstrual period
Serious Side Effects of Entocort EC (Budesonide):
- Signs of an infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, and chills
- Unusual tiredness or fatigue
- Bleeding or easy bruising
- Slow wound healing
- White patches in the mouth
- Vision problems
- Mood or mental changes
Form and Strength
Entocort EC (Budesonide) is available in the following forms and strength:
Entocort EC: Controlled Release Capsule
Budesonide: Controlled Release Capsule
- Avoid using this medication if you have a fungal infection or a history of tuberculosis.
- This medication may increase your risk of developing infections and may mask the symptoms of an infection.
- Long-term use of corticosteroids like Budesonide may increase your risk of osteoporosis, cataracts, glaucoma, and other conditions.
- You should not receive any live vaccines while taking this medication without first consulting your doctor.
- Budesonide may cause adrenal gland suppression, which can lead to low blood pressure, low blood sugar, and other symptoms.
- Budesonide may interact with other drugs, let your doctor know about all the medications you are taking.
- Avoid using Budesonideif you have a systemic fungal infection.
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver disease, as Budesonide may affect liver function.
- Long-term use of Budesonide may increase your risk of developing diabetes or worsen existing diabetes.
- Inform your doctor if you have recently had surgery, as Budesonide may slow down the healing process.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Entocort EC interact with other medications?
Yes, Entocort EC can interact with other medications. Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements.
Is Entocort EC safe during pregnancy?
Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before taking Entocort EC. The medication may pass into breast milk and may cause harm to a nursing baby, so breastfeeding is not recommended.
How long does it take for Entocort EC to work?
Entocort EC may take several weeks to start working. Continue taking the medication as prescribed by your doctor, even if you start to feel better.
How long can you take budesonide?
To treat an active problem, budesonide is typically taken for no more than 8 weeks. To prevent symptoms from returning, this medication is typically taken for up to 3 months. Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate duration of therapy for you.
It's important to purchase Entocort EC from verified Canadian pharmacy.