Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal

Uceris

(Budesonide)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal
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Uceris (Budesonide) decreases inflammation from Crohn’s disease.

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Uceris (Budesonide) helps treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but you can’t take it for long because of its serious side effects.

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Upsides

  • Uceris (Budesonide) works for 50-70% of people with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease.
  • Uceris (Budesonide) is preferred over Prednisone for treating people with Crohn’s disease.
  • Causes fewer side effects than other corticosteroids.
  • Low doses of Uceris (Budesonide) can be used for a few weeks or even a few months to achieve remission.

Downsides

  • Many people decide to stop taking Uceris (Budesonide) because of its side effects.
  • Uceris (Budesonide) isn't recommended for long-term treatment.
  • You can’t drink alcohol while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
  • Taking corticosteroids like Uceris (Budesonide) can make it hard for your body to fight infections.
  • Uceris (Budesonide) can pass into breast milk if you're nursing.
How it works

Uceris (Budesonide) is a corticosteroid. It reduces the inflammation in your intestines by blocking the proteins that trigger inflammation.

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Side effect rates for Uceris (Budesonide)

231 From clinical trials of Budesonide / Crohn's disease (3 mg)
  • Bruising easily
  • Acne
  • Moon face
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Swollen ankles
  • Skin striae

Risks and Warnings for Uceris (Budesonide)

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  • Adrenal suppression leading to adrenal crisis can occur when taking Uceris (Budesonide). Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extremely low energy, and depression. Changes in your Uceris (Budesonide) dose need to be done slowly over time. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes or stop your medication.

Common concerns from people taking Uceris (Budesonide)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • You can’t drink alcohol while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
Food
  • Take Uceris (Budesonide) with meals to avoid upsetting your stomach.
Kidneys and liver
  • Adrenal suppression leading to adrenal crisis can occur when taking Uceris (Budesonide). Symptoms include joint or muscle pain, extremely low energy, and depression. Changes in your Uceris (Budesonide) dose need to be done slowly over time. Talk to your doctor before you make any changes or stop your medication.
Weight
  • Increases your appetite so can gain weight