IBD Medication Guide

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Budesonide
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Budesonide

Brand Name(s)

Entocort® EC, UCERIS™

Drug Class

Corticosteroids

How taken

Oral

Used for

Entocort® EC - mild to moderate Crohn's disease

Uceris™ - mild to moderate ulcerative colitis

Recommendations for Pregnancy

Low risk in pregnancy: limited human data

Recommendations for Lactation

Compatible with breastfeeding

Medication indication

Entocort® EC is used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate active Crohn’s disease involving the ileum and/or the ascending colon in patients 8 years of age and older. It is also indicated for the maintenance of clinical remission of mild-moderate Crohn's disease involving the ileum and/or ascending colon for up to 3 months in adults.

UCERIS™ is used for induction of remission in active mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis.

NOTE: If these medications are recommended any other use than listed, talk to your doctor about potential risks and side effects.

Indicated for pediatric use

Entocort® - Yes

Uceris™ - No

Most common side effects

Headache, respiratory infection, nausea, and symptoms of hypercorticism (too much steroids in your body). These symptoms include an increase in the size of the face and neck, acne, and bruising.

Other

Budesonide is a nonsystemic corticosteroid, which means it is released primarily in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, therefore causing fewer side effects. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice regularly as it can increase the amount of budesonide in your body.

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