Entocort (Budesonide)

Strength(s): 100 mcg ; 200 mcg

Active Ingredient: Budesonide



Entocort medication is used in the treatment of certain bowel conditions such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Even though it does not cure these conditions, it works effectively in reducing the symptoms such as diarrhea and pain. This medication is an anti-inflammatory drug that works by decreasing the natural defense of the body.

How to use Entocort

Before taking this medication, read the Patient Information Booklet that comes with the medication. If any questions arise, consult your pharmacist immediately. This medication is taken orally, with or without food, usually one every day in the morning or as directed by the doctor. This medication is taken with a full glass of water unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

This medication should be swallowed whole. Do not chew or crush it. Crushing or chewing will cause all of the drug to be released at once. This might increase the risk of side effects. If you are taking the extended-release tablets, take the medication whole. Do not split it unless it has a score line or you are instructed to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.

The dosage and period of treatment are dependent on your age, medical condition and response to treatment. When taking this medication, avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Grapefruit may cause an increase in the amount of certain medications in the body. For more details, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

To get the most benefit out of this medication, use it regularly and as prescribed. For easy remembrance, take this medication the same time every day. Do not take a higher dose than prescribed or use the medication for a longer period than prescribed. Doing so will only increase the risk of serious side effects. Do not stop treatment with this medication without consulting your doctor. The sudden halting of this treatment could lead to worsening of some conditions. The dose needs to be gradually reduced.

If symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor.


Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it. Also, discuss with your doctor any other allergies you may have. Entocort may contain inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or other problems. For more details, talk to your pharmacist.

Before taking this medication, discuss with your doctor your medical history especially of thyroid problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, eye disease, brittle bones, stomach/intestinal problems, positive tuberculosis, current/past infections, mental/mood conditions, bleeding problems.

Using this medication for a long time could lead to more difficulty in the body’s response to physical stress. Avoid daily use of alcohol when taking this medication as this increases the risk of stomach bleeding. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

Side effects of this medication include heartburn, nausea, and headache. If these symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor.

Serious but rare side effects of this medication include vision problems, easy bruising/bleeding, muscle weakness/pain, slow wound healing, puffy face, unusual hair growth, thinning skin, mental/mood changes. If you experience any of these, contact your doctor immediately.


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