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There are many safety precautions to be aware of before undergoing treatment with Uceris, such as warnings for people who have medical conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, or stomach ulcers. Also, this medication may not be the best choice for women who are breastfeeding. People with certain allergies or who are taking certain medications may also not be able to take this drug.
- 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 to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this medication include the following:
- If you are switching from another steroid to Uceris, which has more mild "steroid effects" on the body than most other steroids, your healthcare provider should decrease your dose of the other steroid slowly instead of stopping it "cold turkey."
- Uceris is a steroid and may suppress the immune system. 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 Uceris. 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).
- Like all steroids, Uceris can cause problems in people with glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, ulcers, or liver disease. Check with your healthcare provider before taking Uceris if you have any of these conditions.
- Before starting Uceris, make 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 Uceris may weaken the immune system, allowing these infections to worsen.
- Never chew, break, or open Uceris tablets; they must be swallowed whole.
- Uceris may react with a few different medications (see Uceris Drug Interactions).
- Uceris is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Uceris and Pregnancy).
- Uceris passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Uceris and Breastfeeding).