Budesonide (By mouth)
Treats active Crohn's disease. This medicine is a steroid.
Entocort ECThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to budesonide.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Swallow the capsule whole. Do not chew, crush, or open it.
- This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using erythromycin (Ery-tab®), medicine to treat a fungal infection (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, Nizoral®, or Sporanox®), or medicine to treat HIV or AIDS (such as indinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, Crixivan®, Invirase®, or Norvir®).
- Tell your doctor if you are using a medicine that weakens your immune system, such as other steroids or cancer medicines.
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, stomach ulcers, tuberculosis, or a family history of diabetes or glaucoma.
- You may get infections more easily while using this medicine. Avoid people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor right away if you have been exposed to someone with chickenpox or measles.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before having surgery or medical tests.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Rapid weight gain.
- Rounded face.
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
- Unusual bruising.
- Unusual tiredness, weakness, or dizziness.
- Unusual weight gain.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain or upset.
- New or increased acne.
- Runny nose, cough, sneezing, or congestion.
- Unusual hair growth.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 1/4/2011
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