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Entocort or the generic alternative called Budesonide is a corticosteroid drug that is prescribed to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Inflammation is beneficial to the healing process when you have been injured or if there is a threat of infection. However, ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and swelling because your immune system has mistaken your own tissues as a threat to do bodily harm. The alarm sounds and chemicals flood your colon which causes blood vessels to leak fluids and causes swelling as a way to contain the threat, either real or perceived. Entocort prevents the inflammatory chemicals from being produced to ease the pain and discomfort that ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease can inflict.
You will require a prescription from your doctor to buy Entocort or Budesonide generic. Entocort capsules should be swallowed whole; you should not crush, break or chew this capsule. Entocort is also available as an enema treatment. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Crohn’s disease may affect any part of your gastrointestinal tract from your mouth to your rectum. The inflammation occurs in all layers of your intestinal wall and can cause inflammation in scattered areas throughout your gastrointestinal tract.
Ulcerative colitis is found in your colon and inflammation occurs in the innermost lining of your intestinal wall that can stretch continuously within your colon. Researchers are still trying to determine if Crohn’s disease is caused by faulty immune system signals or other reasons yet to be determined.
Entocort medication is not a cure for either of these inflammatory bowel conditions, but it can provide you with relief from the diarrhea and abdominal cramps that can interfere with doing things you enjoy.
You should discuss other medical conditions you have with your doctor, as well as any non-prescription medications and Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements to be certain that it is safe for you to take Entocort. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding before taking Entocort as it may be harmful for your unborn or nursing baby.
If you are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure, make the surgeon aware that you are taking Entocort as you may be instructed to stop taking it pre/post-surgery. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Entocort to increase the amount of Budesonide in the body and increase the risk of side effects.