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Entocort (Budesonide) in capsule form can be used to treat bowel conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Entocort known by it's generic name Budesonide is an anti-inflammatory (corticosteroid hormone) and helps reduce pain and diarrhea brought on by bowel diseases. Budesonide in it's generic form can also be used as an inhalant or nasal spray to treat other conditions beyond bowel related diseases.
Entocort (Budesonide) in capsule form is administered orally with a glass of water and may be taken with or without food. Never attempt to crush or chew the medication. Swallow the capsult whole to avoid unwanted side effects and to ensure maximum effect.
Make sure to speak with your doctor about pre existing or past medical conditions, known allergies, and any current medication you are taking to avoid complications or allergic reactions while taking Entocort.
Smoking or alcohol use could increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach, therefore, you should consult with your doctor on acceptable limits, or avoid these altogether to avoid complications.
Entocort can prevent your body from showing signs of infection and reduce the effect of immunizations/vaccinations in the body. Therefore, you should avoid receiving any vaccines while being treated with Entocort.
Make sure to practice good hygiene by washing your hands to prevent the spread of infections or other diseases. Take care to avoid others with transmittable infections like the flu, measles or chickenpox as your body's immunizations/vaccinations may be less effective while taking Entocort.
Some side effects can include:
nausea, heartburn, stomach pain, indigestion, headache, thinning of the skin, easy bruising, runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, skin rash, changes in your menstrual periods
More serious side effects can include:
unusual tiredness, vision problems, easy bruising or bleeding, puffy face, unusual hair growth, mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation), slow wound healing
If you experience any serious side effects or common side effects become to severe, contact your doctor or pharmacist for ways to manage these side effects.
Q: Is it true that I can't have grapefruits, or grapefruit juice while taking Entocort (Budesonide)?
A: Yes, this is true. While it seems like a harmless food to have, it can effect the bodies ability to adsorb or process the medication. In the end it can have an impact on how effective the medication is. Having grapefruit juice could also cause side effects while taking Entocort. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to understand your physiology and how it can effect the treatment.
Q: I know that Budesonide in it's generic form can be used an inhalant or nasal spray, can I use those when treating bowel diseases?
A: No, if you have been prescribed Entocort for any bowel disease, you should use only that medication for treatment. However, it is true that Budesonide can also be made into inhalant to treat asthma, and as a nasal spray for allergic rhinitis.You should only use those forms of Budesonide if and when prescribed by to you by your doctor.
Q: Is this safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: There could be risk involved during pregnancy and the medication can pass into the breast milk and be transmitted to the infant while nursing. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor to understand the risk involved when using Entocort during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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