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Entocort (Budesonide)

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Description

ENTOCORT (Budesonide) is a medication prescribed to treat Crohn's disease (CD). CD is a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract, primarily the small and large intestines. Crohn's is characterized by inflammation of these sections of the gastrointestinal tract. Common symptoms include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and dehydration.

ENTOCORT is a steroid medication that works in the small and large intestines. Since it is not absorbed into the systemic circulation, it is able to reach high concentrations in the intestines. It decreases inflammation and swelling in the area by decreasing the levels of chemical signals that are responsible for the overactive immune system response.


Fact Table

Formula

C25H34O6

License

FDA approved

Bioavailability

Oral: 10-20%; Inhalation: Depends on the device, generally high

Legal status

Prescription drug

Chemical Name

Budesonide

Elimination half-life

2 to 3.6 hours

Dosage (Strength)

Oral capsules: 3 mg; Inhalation powder: 90 mcg and 180 mcg per actuation; Rectal foam: 2mg/dose

Pregnancy advice

Category C (risk cannot be ruled out)

Brands

Entocort, Pulmicort, Uceris, among others

Protein binding

85-90%

PubChem CID

63006

MedlinePlus

a601042

ChEBI

CHEBI:3207

ATC code

A07EA06 (for gastrointestinal use), R01AD05, R03BA02 (for inhalation use)

DrugBank

DB01222

KEGG

D00246

Routes of administration

Oral, inhalation, rectal

Directions

Take 9 mg by mouth once daily for up to 8 weeks or as directed by your doctor.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in ENTOCORT is budesonide, which is also the name for ENTOCORT generic.

Cautions

ENTOCORT can worsen or be affected by certain conditions. Tell your doctor if you have a history of the following:

  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Liver impairment

Long-term use of ENTOCORT may cause immunosuppression, which can increase the likelihood of infection or cause latent infections to reactivate.

Corticosteroids like ENTOCORT have been known to cause psychiatric symptoms like mood swings, euphoria, insomnia, personality changes, and depression. The incidence of these effects is rare for ENTOCORT because it is not absorbed into circulation. However, use caution if you have a history of psychiatric disorders.

Side Effects

The most common adverse effects that occur while taking ENTOCORT may include:

  • Dyspepsia
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Respiratory infection
  • Symptoms of hypercorticism

References

  1. Entocort EC [package insert]. San Diego, CA: AstraZeneca; 2009.

Crohn's Disease, Mayo Clinic, December 24th, 2019. Retrieved May 2020.


Frequently Asked Questions about Entocort (Budesonide)


What is the drug Entocort used for?

Entocort (budesonide) is a medicine used to treat mild to moderate Crohn’s disease.


How long can you safely take Entocort?

Entocort EC is usually taken in a 9 mg dose each morning for up to 8 weeks to treat mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease. For maintenance treatment of Crohn’s disease in remission, 6 mg is taken once daily for up to 3 months. It's generally advised not to exceed 12 weeks of treatment.


What is the most common side effect of budesonide?

The most common side effects of budesonide are headache, nausea, stomach pain, and feeling tired.


Do you gain weight on Entocort?

Weight gain is often reported by people using Entocort EC for 6 to 12 months, though some users experience no weight gain.


What foods should you avoid while taking budesonide?

Avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice while using budesonide as it might increase the medicine's effects.


Is fatigue a side effect of budesonide?

Yes, fatigue is a common side effect of budesonide.


Can I take magnesium with budesonide?

There isn’t enough information to confirm the safety of taking magnesium supplements with budesonide.


What is the long-term risk of budesonide?

Long-term use of budesonide may lead to certain side effects such as decreased adrenal gland hormones, mood changes, eye problems, weakened bones, and Cushing’s syndrome.


Who should not use budesonide?

Budesonide should be avoided by those allergic to it, with severe milk protein allergies, or during an asthma attack. Caution is advised for those with certain infections or ocular herpes simplex.


Does budesonide make you pee more?

Although not common, some users have reported increased urination while taking budesonide, particularly when using steroids.


When should I stop using budesonide?

Discuss with your healthcare provider before stopping budesonide. It's important not to discontinue suddenly; rather, the dose should be gradually reduced over 2-4 weeks.


Can budesonide be stopped abruptly?

No, budesonide should not be stopped abruptly. Gradually reduce the dose over 2-4 weeks.



IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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