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  • Generic Name: (budesonide)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 02/2015
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Uceris is a medicine used to help control mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory disease of the large intestine). Uceris is available as an extended-release medicine (a type of tablet that releases medicine into your body throughout the day).

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation (redness and swelling) in the colon. Uceris 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: Uceris may improve symptoms of ulcerative colitis, such as decreased diarrhea and bleeding.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Uceris exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to check how well your condition is controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      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: headache, nausea, upper abdominal (stomach area) pain, tiredness, gas, bloating, acne (pimples), urinary tract infection, joint pain, constipation.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Effects of having 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, thighs, breasts, or arms.

      Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, or low blood pressure.

      Weakened immune system and a higher chance of infections, with symptoms such as fever, pain, aches, chills, tiredness, nausea, or vomiting.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Uceris if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Uceris. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems; high blood pressure; osteoporosis (thin, weak bones); stomach ulcers; diabetes; eye problems (such as cataracts or glaucoma); chickenpox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles; tuberculosis (a bacterial infection that affects the lungs) or any type of infection; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      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 9 milligrams once a day in the morning for up to 8 weeks.

      If you are taking certain other medicines, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Uceris exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Uceris without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Swallow Uceris tablets whole with water. Do not chew, crush, or break the tablets.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Uceris.

      Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are taking Uceris.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Uceris is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Uceris may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Uceris during pregnancy are unknown. Uceris may be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Uceris. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Uceris, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Protect from light and moisture.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      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

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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