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Uceris foam is a medicine used to help control mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory disease of the large intestine). Uceris foam is administered rectally.
How does this medication work?
Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation (redness and swelling) in the colon. Uceris foam decreases the severity of inflammation and helps to heal the lining of the colon, thereby helping to eliminate symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: In multiple studies, Uceris foam helped to control ulcerative colitis.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Uceris foam exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin using Uceris foam. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to check how well your condition is controlled.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: decreased blood cortisol levels, adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), nausea.
Less common side effects may include:
Effects of too much steroid medicine in your blood, with symptoms such as acne, bruising, rounding of your face, ankle swelling, thicker or more hair on your body and face, a fatty hump between your shoulders, or pink or purple stretch marks on the skin of your abdomen (stomach area), thighs, breasts, or arms.
Weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections.
Do not use Uceris foam if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Uceris foam. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems; an infection; high blood pressure; decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis); stomach ulcers; chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles; have or had a family history of diabetes, cataracts, or glaucoma (high pressure in the eye); have or had tuberculosis; if you are planning to undergo surgery; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 1 metered dose twice a day for 2 weeks, followed by 1 metered dose once a day for 4 weeks.
Use Uceris foam exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Before using Uceris foam, use the bathroom to empty your bowels.
Warm the canister in the hands while shaking it vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds prior to use.
Uceris foam can be used in a standing, lying, or sitting position (for instance, while using the toilet).
When Uceris foam is applied in the evening, use immediately prior to bedtime and try not to empty your bowels again until the next morning.
Do not take certain medicines (such as ketoconazole) or drink grapefruit juice during treatment with Uceris foam.
Do not go near fire, flame, and smoking during and immediately following administration.
Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are using Uceris foam.
Do not use Uceris foam by mouth.
If Uceris foam is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Uceris foam with the following: cyclosporine, erythromycin, grapefruit juice, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, ritonavir, or saquinavir.
Uceris foam may harm your newborn baby if you use it during pregnancy, and may be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Uceris foam, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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