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What is Entocort Enema?

Entocort Enema is a medication that is prescribed for treating the painful inflammation experienced by those with ulcerative colitis. This inflammatory bowel disease affects your large intestine and rectum and can cause bloody, runny stools, abdominal cramping, and stomach pains. Rectal corticosteroids also are used to help relieve swelling, itching, and discomfort of some other rectal problems, including hemorrhoids and inflammation of the rectum caused by radiation therapy.

You can buy Entocort Enema (Budesonide) at My Drug Center. We currently do not have the Budesonide generic alternative available.

How does Entocort work?

When you administer the Entocort Enema as directed, Budesonide is delivered directly to the affected area where it inhibits the production of the substances that cause inflammation. It works within the colon and rectum to decrease inflammation. Entocort Enema contains Budesonide, a synthetic steroid that may be prescribed for treating the painful inflammation experienced by those with ulcerative colitis. Each Entocort Enema 0.02 mg/mL consists of 2 components: a dispersible tablet and an applicator bottle of vehicle solution. Each dispersible tablet contains 2.3 mg of micronized Budesonide dosage.

This medicine usually comes with patient directions. Before administering your prescribed Entocort Enema dosage, read and follow them carefully before using this medicine. This medicine is used with a special applicator. Do not insert any part of the aerosol container into the rectum. Do not use rectal corticosteroids in larger amounts, more often, or for a longer time than your doctor ordered. An increase in Budesonide dosage may increase the chance of absorption through the lining of the rectum and the chance of side effects. 

This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well. 


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to medicines in this group or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Side Effects

Additional side effects may occur if you use this medicine for a long time. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following Entocort Enema side effects occur: 

Dizziness, dry/scaly skin, increase in apetite, increased sweating, lightened skin color, passing of gas (with budesonide only), thin/fragile skin, sensation of spinning, thinning hair on scalp, unusual weight gain.


Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.


Q: What is the best dosage to take?

A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best Budesonide dosage for your treatment. 


Q: How long does it take for this medication to become active?

A: It can take upwards to a week before the maximum effect is reached for this medication. Entocort Enema is not intended to relieve sudden attacks, and another inhaler should be used as a back for asthma attacks.


Q: What happens if I miss a dose?

A: You should take the missed Entocort Enema dosage as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.


Q: What is the best way to store this medication?

A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.


Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.

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