What is Entocort EC?Entocort EC is a corticosteroid used to treat mild to moderate Crohn's disease that affects part of the small intestine and part of the large intestine. It is also used to help keep symptoms from coming back for up to three months.
What is the most important information I should know about Entocort EC?When Entocort EC is taken for a long period of time, adrenal suppression (a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones) can happen. Symptoms of adrenal suppression are low blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, tiredness, or weakness. Tell your doctor if you are under stress or have any of these symptoms during treatment with Entocort EC.
Entocort EC weakens your immune system. Taking medicines that weaken your immune system makes you more likely to get infections. Do not come into contact with people who have contagious diseases (such as chickenpox or measles) while you are taking Entocort EC. Tell your doctor if you experience aches, chills, fever, nausea and vomiting, pain, or tiredness.
If you take certain other corticosteroids to treat allergies, switching to Entocort EC can cause your allergies to come back. These allergies can include eczema (an inflammation or irritation of the skin) or rhinitis (inflammation of the lining of the nose). Tell your doctor if any of your allergies become worse while you are taking Entocort EC.
Who should not take Entocort EC?Do not take Entocort EC if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Entocort EC?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Entocort EC. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs), high blood pressure, osteoporosis (thin, weak bones), ulcers, are planning to have surgery, have chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles, or have family members with diabetes, cataracts (clouding of the eye), or glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 9 milligrams (mg) once a day in the morning for up to 8 weeks.
If your symptoms are controlled after the 8-week course of treatment, the recommended dose is 6 mg once a day for maintenance treatment up to 3 months. After the 3 months, your doctor can slowly decrease your dose until you are completely off the medication.
How should I take Entocort EC?Take Entocort EC exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor. Swallow the capsules whole; do not open, chew, or crush the capsules before swallowing. Take Entocort EC in the morning.
What should I avoid while taking Entocort EC?Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Entocort EC. Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can increase the level of Entocort EC in your blood.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Entocort EC?If Entocort EC is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Entocort EC with the following: erythromycin, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, ritonavir, or saquinavir.
What are the possible side effects of Entocort EC?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: acne (pimples), back pain, bruising easily, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, gas, headache, joint pain, lung infection, nasal (nose) infection, nausea, pain, respiratory infection, stomach pain, upset stomach, viral infections, vomiting
Can I receive Entocort EC if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Entocort EC during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Entocort EC can be found in your breast milk if you take it while you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Entocort EC?If you miss a dose of Entocort EC, take it as soon as you remember. However, if its is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Entocort EC?Store at room temperature.