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Chemical Name: BUDESONIDE (byoo-DESS-oh-nide).
ENTOCORT is a glucocorticosteroid used to treat mild to moderate Crohn's disease, which is an inflammatory disease of the bowel. It works by decreasing inflammation in the intestine and colon. The full effect of this medication is usually seen within 2 to 4 weeks.
Take ENTOCORT orally with or without food. If patients have a sensitive stomach, it is recommended to take this medication with food to reduce stomach irritation.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing. Use this medication on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use ENTOCORT.
It is important to discuss any medical conditions you may have before taking ENTOCORT, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- have heart problems
- esophagus inflammation
- stomach problems
- intestinal problems
- heart attack
- kidney problems
- liver disease
- high blood pressure
- a herpes eye infection
- a bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral infection
- chicken pox or shingles
- if you have had a positive TB skin test or have recently been vaccinated
All medications may cause side effects, but usually patients have no, or minor, side effects. The most common side effects include:
- back pain
- changes in menstrual cycle
- respiratory tract infection
- stomach pain
- trouble sleeping
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness)
- change in mood or behavior
- chest pain
- severe headache
- sudden increase in weight
- swelling of the ankles
- unusual bruising
- vision changes
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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.