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Uceris is an oral pill consisting of a corticosteroid drug called budesonide. This medication is also known as Cortiment and can be purchased in 9mg!
Uceris is an extended release medication used to treat symptoms caused by certain bowel conditions. One condition this medication may be prescribed for is Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs in the digestive tract (mainly the small intestine and colon) and causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea (may be bloody), and weight loss. The cause of this disease is unknown, yet it is believed genetics, environmental factors, and problems with the immune system may be the leading causes of Crohn’s disease. Another condition Uceris may be prescribed for is ulcerative colitis, another similar inflammatory bowel disease, affecting areas such as the large intestine and colon leaving irritation, inflammation, and ulcers. Ulcerative colitis occurs when the immune system “malfunctions”, believing that food, good gut bacteria, and other important cells that line your colon are intruders and will begin attacking them, causing inflammation.
Uceris (budesonide) is effective at treat certain inflammatory bowel diseases because it is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid drug which can decrease inflammation by decreasing the body’s immunes response.
Only take this medication the way it has been specifically prescribed to you. Do not take more or less of a dose than prescribe. If you use this drug long-term, you will need frequent medical tests. Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture, away from children and pets. Ensure the lid is tightly closed when not in use.
Take this medication around the time you wake up (in the morning). Swallow this tablet whole; do not crush, chew, or break it open. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember to take your dose, take it at the same time every day.
Do not use Uceris (budesonide)
This product should not be used by those who are allergic to budesonide or those who are under the age of 18 years old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Before starting treatment, tell your doctor if you have ever had tuberculosis, a serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, a weak immune system, high blood pressure, cirrhosis or other liver disease, stomach ulcer, osteoporosis or low bone mineral density, eczema, any allergies, or diabetes, cataracts or glaucoma in either yourself or a family member.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby. Before using Uceris, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
You should not breast feed while using this medication; budesonide can pass into breast milk and has potential to harm a nursing infant. If this concerns you; consult your doctor.
Common side effects of Uceris (budesonide) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Uceris (budesonide) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Should I be cautious about anything while taking this medication?
This medication works by decreasing the response of the immune system in our bodies. This means that should you be exposed to an infection (such has chicken pox or measles), your immune system will not be able to fight it off very well, leaving you vulnerable for the infection to thrive. Avoid contact with those who are infected and ensure you are washing your hands often.
Is Uceris safe for children?
No. The safety and effectiveness has not been established in pediatric (children) patients. Do not give this medication to those who are under the age of 18.
What is the average dose for an adult with Crohn’s disease?
The average dose for an adult with Crohn’s disease is 9mg per day, taken in the morning, with or without food. Treatment typically lasts for up to 8 weeks. Uceris is swallowed whole; do not chew.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
Throughout the duration of treatment, you should avoid consuming grapefruit products. Grapefruits products may interact with budesonide and result in dangerous side effects.
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