Uceris is a prescription medicine (corticosteroid) used to help get mild to moderate Ulcerative Colitis (UC) under control. Uceris should not be used if a person is allergic to budesonide or any ingredient in this medicine.
Before taking Uceris, tell the doctor about any of the following: liver problems, planned surgery, an infection, a family history of diabetes, cataracts, or glaucoma, have chicken pox or measles or if you have been near someone who has measles or chicken pox, have or had tuberculosis, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, osteoporosis, or any other medical condition.
Tell the doctor about all the medicines the child is taking, including prescription and over-the-counter vitamins, and herbal supplements because Uceris and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects.
Uceris comes in two forms: one is a time released capsule, and the other is rectal foam.
How to take Uceris capsule:
• Take medicine exactly as the doctor tell you to take it.
• Take in the morning if giving once a day.
• Take capsule with water. Do not chew, crush, or break before swallowing.
• Take with or without food. If the medicine causes an upset stomach, take it with food.
• If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you remember UNLESS it is close to the time the next dose should be given. Do not give 2 doses at the same time or any extra doses.
• Avoid giving child grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
• Store the medicine at room temperature and protect from light.
How to use rectal foam Uceris:
• This form is to be used in the rectum. DO NOT GIVE THIS DRUG BY MOUTH.
• Before giving this drug, have the child use the bathroom to empty their bowels.
• Warm the can by holding it in your hands and shaking it for 10-15 seconds.
• If you need more lubricant for the applicator, use something like Vaseline (petroleum jelly).
• You can give this drug while the child is standing, lying down, or sitting.
• If you give this to the child in the evening, give right before bedtime. After giving to the child, have the child avoid going to the bathroom until the morning.
• Avoid giving child grapefruit or grapefruit juice
• Store at room temperature and do not refrigerate or freeze. Protect from light.
The most common side effects of Uceris include:
• Headache or nausea
• Stomach or intestinal gas, bloating, constipation, or pain
• Urinary tract infection
• Joint pain
Serious side effects:
• Too much corticosteroid medicine in the blood (hypercorticism) with long-term use.
• The adrenal glands don’t make enough steroid hormones with long-term use.
• A weakened immune system that may increase the chance for an infection.
• Allergies may become worse.