Entocort is a glucocorticosteroid used to treat Crohn’s disease (mild to moderate). Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the bowel and Entocort works by decreasing inflammation in the colon and intestine. Learn more about Entocort and Entocort Side Effects.
The chemical name for Entocort is Budesonide pronounced “Byoo-DESS-oh-nide.”
The full effect of Entocort is usually seen within 2-4 weeks.
Entocort is taken orally with or without food. If you have a sensitive stomach, it is recommended to take the medicine with food as it may cause an upset stomach.
Do not crush, break or chew before swallowing. The tablet is meant to be swallowed as is. In order for Entocort to be effective, make sure it took on a regular basis.
It is important to discuss your medical history with your doctor before taking Entocort, especially if any of these apply to you:
- are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding
- have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- have heart problems
- heart attack
- stomach problems
- esophagus inflammation
- kidney problems
- liver disease
- high blood pressure
- a herpes eye infection
- a bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral infection
- if you have had a positive TB skin test or have recently been vaccinated
- chicken pox or shingles
- intestinal problems
This is not a complete list of cautions and interactions that might occur. Ask your health care provider if Entocort is right for you and before you start, change or stop any dosage of the medicine.
Entocort Side Effects
The most common Entocort side effects are:
- trouble sleeping
- stomach pain, back pain, general pain
- changes in menstrual cycle
- respiratory tract infection
Seek immediately if any of these serious Entocort side effects occur:
- server allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness)
- vision changes
- unusual bruising
- swelling of the ankles
- sudden increase in weight
- server headache
- chest pain
- change in mood or behavior