Entocort EC (budesonide) is an oral capsule indicated for treating ulcerative colitis and mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease affecting the ileum and ascending colon. It is also indicated as a maintenance treatment for the remission of Crohn’s disease.
This corticosteroid has an anti-inflammatory and a high glucocorticoid effect. It also has slight mineralocorticoid properties and the affinity of budesonide to glucocorticoid receptors. Clinical trials showed that the inherent potency of this medication is 200x than that of cortisol and 15x than that of prednisolone.
Before you start taking this medication, read the medication or prescription guide provided. Remember to take it regularly and as prescribed. It is available in an Entocort EC 3mg capsule.
Entocort EC is usually taken once a day, preferably in the morning, with or without food. Drink one glass of fluids after swallowing the capsule. Do not cut or chew the medication.
To avoid missing a dose of Entocort EC, take this medication at the same time of the day, every day. In case of a missed dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is only a few hours away from the next scheduled dose, skip the dose you missed and then, go back to your regular schedule. Never take two capsules simultaneously to avoid overdose.
Some of the common Entocort EC side effects are:
Most patients taking this medication experienced little to no adverse reaction. However, if your symptoms persist or worsens, you may have to contact your physician immediately. Other adverse reactions to watch out for are vision problems, bleeding, mood changes, thinning of the skin, slow wound healing, and signs of infection such as fever, chills, and sore throat.
Avoid taking this medication if you have a known allergy to budesonide or any ingredients this capsule may have. Symptoms of an allergic reaction are red patches on the skin or skin rash, hives, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.
Talk to your doctor if you have any medical condition or history of hypertension, liver disease, eye problem, thyroid problem, diabetes, stomach or intestinal disease, osteoporosis, bleeding, psychosis, or infection. Some diseases may worsen the side effects of Entocort EC.
Limit your alcohol intake when taking Entocort EC. Drinking alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. In addition, avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit as this also increases the risk of severe adverse reactions.
Do not come in contact with people who are suffering from infection and practice good hygiene at all times. This drug may mask the signs of infection. Thus, it may worsen any form of infection you get.
Before receiving any vaccination or immunization, consult your doctor first. Entocort EC may hinder any vaccine’s effectiveness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can children take Entocort EC?
Entocort EC is safe for children 8 years old and above and weighs at least 25 kg. or 55 lbs.
Is Entocort EC safe for pregnant women?
There is no definite information as to whether this medication may cause congenital anomalies or miscarriage.
Can breastfeeding women take Entocort EC?
This drug may pass into the breastmilk and could cause harm to a breastfed infant.
What should I do if I cannot swallow the Entocort EC capsule?
In case you cannot swallow the capsule, you may mix it in a tablespoon of applesauce.
How much does Entocort EC cost?
You can check the pricing of Entocort at the top portion of this page. You may also contact us to know more about Entocort EC.