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To help ensure a safe and effective treatment process, it's important to review Entocort EC warnings and precautions before taking the medication. For example, Entocort EC can cause problems in people who have glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, ulcers, or liver disease. Entocort EC warnings and precautions also extend to people who have certain allergies and to women who are pregnant.
Entocort: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Entocort® EC (budesonide EC) if you have:
- Not had chickenpox or the measles (or have not been vaccinated against them)
- Tuberculosis, herpes, or any other infections
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Intestinal or stomach ulcers
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings for EntocortSome of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Entocort EC include the following:
- If you are switching from another steroid to Entocort EC -- which has milder "steroid effects" on the body, compared to most steroids -- your healthcare provider should slowly decrease your dose of the other steroid (instead of stopping it "cold turkey").
- Entocort EC is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. Therefore, you may be at a higher risk for infections. Certain infections (such as chickenpox or the measles) may be more dangerous if you are taking Entocort EC. Let your healthcare provider know right away if you are exposed to chickenpox or the measles (if you have not had these infections and have not been vaccinated against them).
- As with all steroids, Entocort EC can cause problems in people who have glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, ulcers, or liver disease. Check with your healthcare provider before taking Entocort EC if you have any of these conditions.
- Before starting Entocort EC, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you currently have any type of infection. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have ever had tuberculosis or a herpes infection of the eye, as Entocort EC may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to get worse.
- Never chew, break, or open Entocort EC capsules. They must be swallowed whole.
- Entocort EC can interact with a few different medications (see Entocort Drug Interactions for more information).
- Entocort EC is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Entocort and Pregnancy).
- Entocort EC passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Entocort and Breastfeeding).