Entocort is under a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works by suppressing the immune system which reduces the inflammatory response within the GI tract.
This medication is effective in treating symptoms of Crohn’s Disease without the typical side effects associated with steroids. Unlike Prednisone, when Entocort is absorbed in the small intestines, over 90% of the drug is removed from the circulation by the liver. Therefore, side effects are uncommon as the medication does not continue to circulate in the bloodstream.
Entocort is used for the short-term management of symptoms but has no benefit for the long-term treatment of Crohn’s Disease as it does not prevent flares. When there is an improvement in symptoms, the dose is slowly reduced to zero.
This medication comes in pill form and should be taken once daily in the morning.
The body naturally produces a steroid called cortisol. When taking this medication, the normal production of cortisol within the body is decreased. Once the medication is stopped, the normal production will resume but it will start again slowly. Therefore, it is important to wean off this medication to prevent any withdrawal symptoms.
A starting dose will be 9mg. Take this amount for 2 months. After 2 months, you can start to taper your dose by 3mg every 2 weeks. Speak to your doctor prior to weaning off your medication.
Entocort can take up to 2 months before you see the full benefits of the medication.
Family planning should be discussed with the doctor for more information.
The following is a list of potential side effects, similar to those of prednisone. However, because this medication acts more locally, these side effects are not common and this drug is very well tolerated.
Please call the doctor immediately if you experience any unusual groin or hip pain as this may be suggestive of avascular necrosis.
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