ENTOCORT, 3MG, 24H-CAPSULE
This medication contains an anti-inflammatory drug from the cortisone family (corticosteroid). Typically, it is used for Crohn's disease. It requires a few weeks to take effect.
How to use this medication
This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Take it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects.
Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed. It is not advisable to stop using this product suddenly, particularly if you have been on it for several weeks. If you are considering stopping the medication, talk to your pharmacist first.
The capsule of this medication should not be opened, crushed or chewed. If you forget a dose, simply skip it and then take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time.
This medication should be taken before the first meal of the day. Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice during your treatment. Grapefruit can seriously affect how this medication works.
Possible side effects
In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:
- it may cause muscle cramps;
- it may cause indigestion;
- it may cause spots or redness of the skin;
- it may cause palpitations (rapid and strong heart beat);
- it can affect the menstrual cycle;
- it may cause blurred vision.
As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely. To remain effective, this product must be kept in its original packaging. Do not transfer it to another container.
When using this product over a long period of time, you will develop an increased need for certain nutrients. You can increase your intake of these nutrients through your diet, but it is recommended that you take a daily nutritional supplement for the duration of your treatment. The following table shows the nutrients that are most affected by your treatment, along with foods that are good sources of these nutrients.
This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.
A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.
When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:
- Your medical history and allergies (medication, food, or other);
- If you're pregnant or want to become pregnant, or if you're breastfeeding;
- If you use tobacco or cannabis or its derivatives, or if you use recreational drugs;
- The names of all the medications you take, whether you take them regularly or once in a while, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and natural health products.
Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.
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