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Brand Names: Entocort EC

Generic Name: budesonide (oral) (Pronunciation: bue DES oh nide)

What is budesonide (Entocort EC)?

Budesonide is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation..

Budesonide is used to treat mild to moderate Crohn's disease.

Budesonide may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Entocort EC 3 mg

capsule, gray/pink, imprinted with ENTOCORT 3 mg

What are the possible side effects of budesonide (Entocort EC)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist);
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, fast or uneven heart rate, blurred vision); or
  • general ill feeling with headache, tiredness, nausea, and vomiting.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • thinning of the skin, easy bruising;
  • headache;
  • runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat;
  • muscle pain;
  • mild nausea, stomach pain, indigestion;
  • mild skin rash; or
  • changes in your menstrual periods.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about budesonide (Entocort EC)?

While taking budesonide, tell your doctor if you have changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist), high blood pressure, (severe headache, fast or uneven heart rate, blurred vision), or a general ill feeling with headache, tiredness, nausea, and vomiting.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with budesonide and cause increased levels of the medication in your blood. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.

Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using budesonide.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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