Modified: February 1, 2023


Dear @Name@,

Your healthcare team has discussed the following subject with you: oral budesonide. Brand names include Entocort and Uceris. Here is some additional information. Let us know if you have any questions regarding this information.

How it works: This medication belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids. These powerful and fast-acting medications help reduce irritation and swelling (inflammation) in the intestines. Budesonide is a type of steroid that is targeted to the intestine. The liver breaks it down before it affects the rest of the body, so it usually has fewer side effects than other corticosteroids.

How it is taken: This medication is given as a pill. You should notice an improvement of symptoms within days of starting this medication. While steroids can be used for weeks or months, they should only be used for short periods of time because of their side effects. Steroids can be used to get you well in the short term, but should never be a long term maintenance medication

Possible side effects: Side effects can include yeast infections (in the mouth or female reproductive organs), urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, weight gain, stretch marks, acne, rounding of the face (moon face), facial hair, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, and psychiatric symptoms. These side effects will usually go away when the medication is stopped. 

Special considerations: Long-term use of steroids can result in a weakening of the bones (osteoporosis) and cataracts.

Points to remember: This pill is a delayed release mechanism and should not be opened or crushed unless advised to do so by your healthcare provider. Before taking this medication, let your healthcare team know about other medical conditions that you may have or other medications (even over-the-counter medications or complementary therapies) you may be taking.

Other tips: The best way to control your disease is by taking your medication as directed. Even when you do not have any symptoms, it is very important to continue taking your medication to prevent your disease from becoming active again. Do not alter the amount of the medication or how frequently you take it on your own. If you have any side effects or you continue to have symptoms, speak to your healthcare team immediately.

For further information, please check out http://www.ibdmedicationguide.org/ or follow this link:


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