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Uceris

(Budesonide)

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Uceris (Budesonide) decreases inflammation from Crohn’s disease.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Uceris (Budesonide)

From clinical trials of Budesonide / Crohn's disease (3 mg) ( 231)

  • Bruising easilyBruising easily5% for Budesonide vs.4% for placebo
  • AcneAcne5% for Budesonide vs.2% for placebo
  • Moon faceMoon face3% for Budesonide vs.0% for placebo
  • Excessive hair growthExcessive hair growth2% for Budesonide vs.1% for placebo
  • Swollen anklesSwollen ankles2% for Budesonide vs.2% for placebo
  • Skin striaeSkin striae2% for Budesonide vs.0% for placebo
  • Buffalo humpBuffalo hump1% for Budesonide vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you take Uceris (Budesonide)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Uceris (Budesonide) with meals to avoid upsetting your stomach.
  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals and drinking plenty of fluids is helpful while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
  • Be sure to take Uceris (Budesonide) at the same time every day.
  • Don't eat or drink grapefruit while taking Uceris (Budesonide) since it can interfere with how the medication works.
  • Can't be used long-term.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly, but work with your doctor to slowly decrease the amount you take to avoid unwanted side effects.
  • Let your doctor know about any night sweating, unexplained fevers, or infections that won't get better.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Uceris (Budesonide)

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Alcohol
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • You can’t drink alcohol while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Uceris (Budesonide) with meals to avoid upsetting your stomach.
  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals and drinking plenty of fluids is helpful while taking Uceris (Budesonide).
Weight gain or loss
  • Increases your appetite so can gain weight
    Age: 56
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Crohn's disease