budesonide (Entocort EC, Uceris)

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GENERIC NAME: budesonide

BRAND NAME: Entocort EC, Uceris

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

  • Budesonide is used for the treatment of mild-to-moderately-active Crohn's disease involving the ileum (the second half of the small intestine) and/or ascending colon (the beginning of the large intestine). It is approved for maintaining remissions for up to three months.
  • Budesonide also is used for induction of remission in patients with active, mild to moderate ulcerative colitis.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of budesonide are:

Excessive corticosteroid use causes acne, easy bruising, moon (rounded) faces, buffalo hump, excessive hair growth, and swollen ankles.

Serious side effects of budesonide include:

  • Adrenal suppression
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Infections
  • Intracranial hypertension
  • Serious allergic reactions
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/16/2016



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