Uceris extended-release tablets
Generic Name: budesonide (bue-DES-oh-nide)
Brand Name: Uceris
Uceris extended-release tablets are used for:
Treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Uceris extended-release tablets are a corticosteroid. It works by decreasing inflammation.
Do NOT use Uceris extended-release tablets if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Uceris extended-release tablets
- you are taking interleukins (eg, aldesleukin) or mifepristone
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Uceris extended-release tablets:
Some medical conditions may interact with Uceris extended-release tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have liver problems, stomach problems (eg, ulcers), high blood pressure, weak bones (osteoporosis), or any kind of infection
- if you have chicken pox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chicken pox or measles
- if you or a family member have had diabetes, glaucoma, or cataracts
- if you have a history of tuberculosis (TB)
- if you are planning to have surgery
- if you have been taking another corticosteroid medicine
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Uceris extended-release tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Atazanavir, boceprevir, clarithromycin, cobicistat, darunavir, erythromycin, fosamprenavir, indinavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir, nefazodone, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, telaprevir, telithromycin, tipranavir, or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of Uceris extended-release tablets's side effects
- Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), mifepristone, or rifamycins (eg, rifampin) because they may decrease Uceris extended-release tablets's effectiveness
- Ritodrine or quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Uceris extended-release tablets
- Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) or interleukins (eg, aldesleukin) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Uceris extended-release tablets
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Uceris extended-release tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Uceris extended-release tablets:
Use Uceris extended-release tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Uceris extended-release tablets. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take Uceris extended-release tablets in the morning, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Take Uceris extended-release tablets by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Swallow Uceris extended-release tablets whole with water. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- Use Uceris extended-release tablets on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you use Uceris extended-release tablets.
- If you miss a dose of Uceris extended-release tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Uceris extended-release tablets.
Important safety information:
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Uceris extended-release tablets before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Uceris extended-release tablets may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
- If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Contact your doctor if you are exposed to chickenpox or measles.
- Do not receive a live vaccine (eg, measles, mumps) while you are taking Uceris extended-release tablets. Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
- Diabetes patients - Uceris extended-release tablets may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Lab tests, including adrenal function, may be performed while you use Uceris extended-release tablets. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Uceris extended-release tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks if they take Uceris extended-release tablets.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Uceris extended-release tablets while you are pregnant. Uceris extended-release tablets are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Uceris extended-release tablets.
Possible side effects of Uceris extended-release tablets:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Acne; bloating; constipation; gas; headache; nausea; stomach pain; tiredness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); a fatty pad or hump between the shoulders; change in mood or behavior; difficult, increased, or painful urination; dizziness or light-headedness; fainting; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; joint pain; persistent trouble sleeping; pink or purple stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, breast, or arms; rounding of the face; severe headache; severe or persistent nausea; sudden increase in weight; swelling of the ankles; thicker or more hair growth on the face or body; unusual bruising; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Uceris extended-release tablets:
Store Uceris extended-release tablets at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Uceris extended-release tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Uceris extended-release tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Uceris extended-release tablets are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Uceris extended-release tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Uceris extended-release tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Uceris extended-release tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Uceris extended-release tablets.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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