Why is Entocort EC prescribed?
Entocort EC, with generic name Budesonide, is prescribed to treat Crohn’s disease, a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive tract.
What does it do?
Budesonide is a corticosteroid, which reduces irritation and swelling of the digestive tract, thus relieving the symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, weight changes, and eventually malnutrition.
How should I take it?
Entocort EC comes in 3mg capsules, taken whole (not opened, chewed, or crushed), with or without food.
The dosage strength depends on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only use this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper intake of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. However, if you miss a dose, immediately take it. However, if it’s close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with your regular dosing schedule. Never take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before taking Entocort EC?
Avoid intake of grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking this medication.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical and vaccination history, and any allergic reactions to Entocort EC or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Entocort EC, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
All medications can exhibit side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Serious side effects may include:
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Swelling of any part of the face or limbs
- Hoarseness and difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Vision changes
- Acne or pimples
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Entocort EC. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when used with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are using Entocort EC with any other inhaler, drug, vitamin, or herbal supplement. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Entocort EC with the following medications:
- Hepatitis vaccine
- Haemophilus influenza vaccine
- Influenza virus vaccine
- Japanese encephalitis vaccine
- Mumps virus vaccine
- Pneumococcal vaccine
- Poliovirus vaccine
- Rabies vaccine
- Rotavirus vaccine
- Rubella virus vaccine
- Smallpox vaccine
- Typhoid vaccine
- Varicella virus vaccine
- Vivelle Dot
- Zoster vaccine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Store Entocort EC in the container it came in, closed tightly, in a clean environment away from light, excessive heat, and moisture. Keep out of reach of children. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Empty or unneeded medication should be disposed of immediately. Ask your pharmacist or local garbage collector on the proper disposal of this kind of product
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There is still limited data on the developmental risks associated with the use of Entocort EC in pregnancy. ?It is acceptable for use in women who are breastfeeding, although its effects on the infant are still not fully known. Hence, it is essential to consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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