Entocort ECand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Budesonide
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
- Controlled Release Capsule
- Marketed as Entocort 3mg in United Kingdom
- Manufactured by AstraZeneca UK Ltd
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
- Prescription Required
- Controlled Release Capsule
- Manufactured by Sun Pharma
- Product of India • Shipped from India
- Prescription Required
Entocort EC Helps Treat the Following Conditions:
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease which manifests as inflammation of the digestive tract, likely caused by an abnormal immune system response, though the exact cause is unknown. The disease is usually diagnosed early on in life and is thought to be genetically inherited.
Crohn’s Disease displays with symptoms like chronic diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss, and fever. Symptoms can last weeks and then disappear. Infections, smoking, and certain drugs may act as triggers for symptoms. Crohn’s disease has no cure but treatment can offer an improved quality of life for patients.
Entocort EC Active Ingredient
Entocort EC contains the active ingredient budesonide, a corticosteroid hormone which suppresses immune function. The drug has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat a number of stomach conditions.
Entocort EC in the News
AstraZeneca Sells US Rights for Gastro Drug to Perrigo for $380m
British drugmaker, AstraZeneca, has sold the US rights for the drug Entocort EC to Perrigo. The deal is worth US$380 million and includes an agreement with US company Par Pharmaceuticals to produce an authorized generic version of the brand-name drug.
The agreement comes four months after AstraZeneca sold the global rights to the drug to the Swiss group Tillotts Pharma for $215m.
Entocort EC is a corticosteroid which treats mild to moderately active Crohn's disease. The drug registered sales of $89 million in the US for the first nine months of 2015.
FDA Approves Drug to Treat Active Crohn’s Disease in Pediatric Patients
The FDA has approved Entocort EC for the treatment of Crohn's disease in children ages eight and older. Children taking Entocort EC must weigh more than 25 kilograms.
The approval is based on evidence from adequate and well-controlled studies in adults, data from two clinical studies of 149 children, and one pharmacokinetic study of eight children.
Safety and efficacy of Entocort EC have not been established in patients eight years old and under.
Entocort EC General Information
Entocort EC is prescribed to control inflammation in patients with certain bowel conditions, like Crohn’s disease. This drug is not a cure but helps to control negative symptoms such as pain and diarrhea.
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How to Use Entocort EC
Entocort EC should be taken exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Dose and duration of treatment depend on the patient’s condition, age, and response to treatment.
Most patients are prescribed one daily oral dose, usually in the morning and before meals. Patents should take Entocort EC with a full glass of water unless directed otherwise by their doctor.
The medication should be swallowed whole. Crushing or chewing it can cause the active ingredient to release all at once, increasing the risk of negative side effects.
Grapefruit can also increase the amount of the drug released into the body. Patients should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while being treated with Entocort EC.
Patients who are already taking oral corticosteroids – like prednisone – should continue taking them unless told otherwise by their doctor. Conditions such as asthma or allergies may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped.
Patients may also experience withdrawal symptoms, like weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, and dizziness. Withdrawal symptoms should be reported immediately.
It is necessary to use Entocort EC regularly in order to experience its full benefit. To reduce the risk of forgetting, patients are advised to take the medication at the same time each day. Patients should use this drug exactly as prescribed. Taking Entocort EC more frequently, at higher doses, or for a longer period of time than prescribed may increase the risk of serious side effects.
Patients should inform their doctor if their condition persists or worsens.
It is not advisable to stop taking Entocort EC suddenly or without a prior consultation with your treating physician. Doing so may worsen a patient’s condition.
Before starting treatment, patients need to discuss the possibility of allergic reactions to Entocort EC or its main ingredient budesonide.
It is vital to review the patient’s medical history, especially related to diabetes, liver disease, high blood pressure, and eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma. Patients need to report bleeding problems, thyroid conditions, osteoporosis, and stomach conditions like diverticulitis and ulcers.
It is important to discuss all current or past infections (tuberculosis, positive tuberculosis tests, herpes, and fungal infections), as well as mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and psychosis.
The prolonged usage of corticosteroids can make it more difficult for the body to fight illness and respond to physical stress. Patients about to undergo surgery or emergency treatment should inform their doctor or surgeon about their Entocort EC use, or if they have used it within the past year. Those being treated for a serious illness or injury should also report Entocort EC use, and monitor for symptoms like tiredness and weight loss. Inform your physician in the event such symptoms manifest.
Patients who routinely use Entocort EC should carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet detailing this information. Patients about to undergo dental procedures or surgeries should tell their dentist or oral surgeon about all prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, or any other supplements they take.
Patients should limit alcohol consumption. Daily use of alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
Entocort EC may mask signs of infection, worsen existing infections, and increase the likelihood of developing new infections. To reduce risk, patients need to take precautionary measures, such as regularly washing hands and avoiding contact with people who have communicable infections.
Examples of such infections include chickenpox, measles, and the flu. Patients should inform their doctor if they believe that have been exposed to an infection.
Entocort EC may interfere with the efficacy of some vaccines. Patients should avoid immunizations unless told otherwise by their physician. It is also important to avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines, like flu vaccinations.
This medication may stunt growth of children if used long-term. Parents of children taking this medication should visit the treating physician regularly to monitor the child’s growth.
Women who are pregnant – or planning to become pregnant – should discuss risks and benefits with their doctor. Entocort EC should only be used when clearly needed during pregnancy.
The babies of mothers who have used Entocort EC during pregnancy may develop hormonal problems. Parents should monitor newborns for symptoms such as persistent nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea, and weakness.
Entocort EC passes into breast milk. Mothers should consult their doctor before breastfeeding.
Entocort EC Missed Dose
Patients who miss a dose of Entocort EC should take it as soon as they remember. If this happens near the time for the next dose, patients should skip the missed dose and proceed as usual. Patients should not double up on the dose in order to catch up.
Drug interactions may change the way Entocort EC works, increasing the risk of side effects. Before starting treatment, patients must discuss the full list of medications and supplements they are taking with their doctor. Patients should not change their dose or stop taking this medication unless their physician advises them to do so.
Some medications – like the immunosuppressant Optimmune – may interact negatively with Entocort EC. This is also the case with the acne medication Erythro Base, the antibiotic troleandomycin, and the anticonvulsant Tegretol.
Estrogens and oral contraceptives, as well as azole antifungal medications (itraconazole, miconazole, fluconazole, and ketoconazole), are also known to interact negatively with Entocort EC. The same applies to some medications used to treat HIV: namely cobicistat, indinavir, saquinavir , nd ritonavir.
Entocort EC may interfere with certain laboratory results. Patients should alert laboratory personnel about the possibility of faulty results.
Entocort EC Side Effects
Most patients are able to use Entocort EC safely and without serious negative side effects.
This medicine weakens immune system function and may lower the body’s ability to fight infections. Patients are more likely to get serious infections, and may also experience worsening of existing infections. Patients should immediately report symptoms of infections, such as fever and chills.
Rare but serious side effects include unusual tiredness, muscle weakness, vision problems, and easy bruising and bleeding. Some patients may notice unusual hair growth. Swelling of the face and slow wound healing are other possible side effects. Patients should also monitor for mood changes like depression, mood swings, and agitation.
Serious allergic reactions to Entocort EC are rare, yet patients should be aware of allergy symptoms such as rash, itching and swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
Entocort EC should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.
Unwanted medication should be disposed of properly and should not be poured into drains or flushed down the toilet. Patients should consult a pharmacist or their local waste disposal company to find out more about safe disposal methods.
Entocort EC Drug Information
Entocort EC Overview
Entocort EC is used to treat certain bowel conditions (such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis). While budesonide does not cure these conditions, it may decrease symptoms such as pain and diarrhea. Budesonide is an anti-inflammatory drug (corticosteroid hormone). It works by decreasing the body's natural defense response (immune response).
How to Use Entocort EC
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using budesonide and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take Entocort EC by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily in the morning. Take Entocort EC by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Swallow Entocort EC whole. Do not crush or chew. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. If you are using the extended-release tablets, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and age. Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while being treated with Entocort EC unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit may increase the amount of certain medications in your body. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. If you are regularly taking a different corticosteroid by mouth (such as prednisone), you should not stop taking it unless directed by your doctor. Some conditions (such as asthma, allergies) may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. You may have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is suddenly stopped. To prevent withdrawal symptoms (such as weakness, weight loss, nausea, muscle pain, headache, tiredness, dizziness), your doctor may direct you to slowly lower the dose of your old medication when you are taking budesonide. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions right away. See also Precautions section. Use Entocort EC regularly and exactly as prescribed in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or use it for a longer time than prescribed because this may increase your risk of serious side effects. Do not stop taking Entocort EC without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when Entocort EC is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Entocort EC Precautions
Before taking budesonide, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Entocort EC, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,eye disease (such as cataracts, glaucoma), high blood pressure, liver disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, stomach/intestinal problems (such as diverticulitis, ulcer), brittle bones (osteoporosis), current/past infections (such as tuberculosis, positive tuberculosis test, herpes, fungal), bleeding problems, mental/mood conditions (such as psychosis, anxiety, depression). Using corticosteroid medications for a long time can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Entocort EC or have used Entocort EC within the past 12 months. Tell your doctor right away if you develop unusual/extreme tiredness or weight loss. If you will be using Entocort EC for a long time, carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies your use of Entocort EC. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcoholic beverages. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Entocort EC may mask signs of infection. It can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Therefore, wash your hands well to prevent the spread of infection. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details. Budesonide may cause vaccines not to work as well. Therefore, do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using Entocort EC without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose). Entocort EC may slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. Consult the doctor or pharmacist for more details. See the doctor regularly so your child's height and growth can be checked. During pregnancy, Entocort EC should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Babies born to mothers who have used corticosteroids for a long time may develop hormone problems. Tell your doctor right away if you notice symptoms such as persistent nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness in your newborn. Entocort EC passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Entocort EC Misdose
If you miss a dose of Entocort EC, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Entocort EC Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.aldesleukin, mifepristone, drugs that can cause bleeding/bruising (including antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel, "blood thinners" such as dabigatran/warfarin, NSAIDs such as aspirin/celecoxib/ibuprofen). If your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking it unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. may interfere with certain lab tests (such as skin tests). Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Entocort EC.
Entocort EC Side Effects
Entocort EC usually has fewer side effects than other corticosteroids because budesonide works in the gut and only small amounts are absorbed into the body. Nausea, heartburn, and headache, may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed Entocort EC because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Entocort EC do not have serious side effects. Because Entocort EC works by weakening the immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. This may make you more likely to get a serious (rarely fatal) infection or make any infection you have worse. Tell your doctor right away if you have any signs of infection (such as cough, sore throat, fever, chills). Use of Entocort EC for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth or a change in vaginal discharge.unusual tiredness, vision problems, easy bruising/bleeding, puffy face, unusual hair growth, mental/mood changes (such as depression, mood swings, agitation), muscle weakness/pain, thinning skin, slow wound healing. A very serious allergic reaction to Entocort EC is rare. However,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.List of Entocort EC side effects
Entocort EC Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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