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PATIENT INFORMATION

UCERIS
(u SAIR us)
(budesonide) (bew DEH so nide) Extended-Release Tablets

What is UCERIS extended release tablets?

UCERIS is a prescription corticosteroid medicine used to help get mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) under control (induce remission).

It is not known if UCERIS is safe and effective in children.

Who should not take UCERIS extended release tablets?

Do not take UCERIS extended release tablets if:

  • you are allergic to budesonide or any of the ingredients in UCERIS extended release tablets. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in UCERIS extended release tablets.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking UCERIS extended release tablets?

Before you take UCERIS extended release tablets tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have liver problems
  • are planning to have surgery
  • have chicken pox or measles or have recently been near anyone with chicken pox or measles
  • have an infection
  • have or had a family history of diabetes, cataracts or glaucoma
  • have or had tuberculosis
  • have high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • have decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis)
  • stomach ulcers
  • any other medical condition
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if UCERIS extended release tablets will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. UCERIS extended release tablets can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take UCERIS extended release tablets or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter vitamins, and herbal supplements. UCERIS extended release tablets and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I take UCERIS extended release tablets?

  • Take UCERIS extended release tablets exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
  • Your healthcare provider will tell you how many UCERIS extended release tablets to take.
  • Take UCERIS extended release tablets in the morning.
  • Take UCERIS extended release tablets capsules whole with water. Do not chew, crush, or break UCERIS extended release tablets before swallowing.
  • If you take too much of UCERIS, call your healthcare provider right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

What should I avoid while taking UCERIS extended release tablets?

  • Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking UCERIS extended release tablets. Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can increase the level of UCERIS extended release tablets in your blood.

What are the possible side effects of UCERIS extended release tablets?

UCERIS can cause some serious side effects, including:

  • Effects of having too much corticosteroid medicine in your blood (hypercorticism). Long-time use of UCERIS extended release tablets can cause you to have too much glucocorticosteroid medicine in your blood. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of hypercorticism:
    • acne
    • bruise easily
    • rounding of your face (moon face)
    • ankle swelling
    • thicker or more hair on your body and face
    • a fatty pad or hump between your shoulders (buffalo hump)
    • pink or purple stretch marks on the skin of your abdomen, thighs, breasts and arms
  • Adrenal suppression. When UCERIS extended release tablets is taken for a long period of time (chronic use), the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones (adrenal suppression). Tell your healthcare provider if you are under stress or have any symptoms of adrenal suppression during treatment with UCERIS extended release tablets including:
  • Immune system effects and a higher chance of infections.
    UCERIS extended release tablets weaken your immune system. Taking medicines that weaken your immune system makes you more likely to get infections. Avoid contact with people who have contagious diseases such as chicken pox or measles, while taking UCERIS extended release tablets.
    Tell your healthcare provider about any signs or symptoms of infection during treatment with UCERIS extended release tablets, including:
    • fever
    • chills
    • pain
    • feeling tired
    • aches
    • nausea and vomiting
  • Worsening of allergies. If you take certain other corticosteroid medicines to treat allergies, switching to UCERIS extended release tablets may cause your allergies to come back. These allergies may include eczema (a skin disease) or rhinitis (inflammation inside your nose). Tell your healthcare provider if any of your allergies become worse while taking UCERIS extended release tablets.

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/28/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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