Entocort is an anti-inflammatory steroid medication that is used to prevent asthma attacks. Please note that it will not stop an asthma attack that has already begun.
Mode of Application
Entocort is inhaled using a special inhalation device. Read the instructions for using the device carefully in the patient information leaflet.
Place the mouthpiece between your lips and breathe in rapidly and deeply through your mouth. The drug will be inhaled as you breathe in. Hold your breath for 10 seconds to assure it reaches deep into your lungs. Slowly breathe out. You should not exhale into the device.
If you accidentally drop the inhaler or breathe into it, then you will have to load another dose of the drug. Do not use the inhaler if the mouthpiece is detached or it has been damaged.
If you have been asked to inhale twice, then please wait for at least one minute before inhalation.
If you are using a combination of inhalers, then use this one last.
Rinse your mouth after use to prevent a dry mouth sensation.
Maintain a regular schedule for using this medication and do not increase the dosage or stop using it without consulting your doctor.
Drug Class & Mechanism of Action
Entocort is a corticosteroid that prevents the release of certain substances that cause inflammation.
If you miss a dose of Endocort then you may take it as soon as you remember and adjust the remaining doses accordingly. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose then you may skip this dose and continue with the regular dosage. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Store it at room temperature (between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in an air tight container protecting it from direct exposure to light, heat and moisture. Keep away from pets and children.
Entocort may cause drowsiness. These effects get aggravated if you take it with alcohol or certain other medications (sleep aids, muscle relaxers). So, do not drive or perform other potentially hazardous tasks until you know how your body reacts to the drug.
Entocort may weaken your immune system. If you still have not had chickenpox, shingles or measles then avoid contact with anybody who does.
If you have been prescribed an additional potassium supplement by your doctor, then stick to it. Use this only if it has been prescribed.
Avoid taking any vaccines while using the drug.
Entocort may affect your blood sugar levels and diabetic patients may require constant sugar monitoring.
You must not take if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or you are taking mifepristone.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you are, then stop using Entorcort and contact your doctor immediately.
Entocort is secreted in breast milk. Avoid breast feeding while using the drug.
Periodic lab tests including including adrenal function assessment may be recommended to monitor your health while taking the drug. Ensure that you do not miss any lab tests.
Some of the common side effects of are back pain, changes in menstrual cycle, dizziness, gas, headache, indigestion, nausea, nervousness, pain, respiratory tract infection, stomach pain, tiredness, tremor, trouble sleeping, vomiting. Please contact your doctor if the symptoms persist or become bothersome.
Other severe side effects include severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), acne, change in mood or behavior, chest pain, confusion, severe headache, sudden increase in weight, swelling of the ankles, unusual bruising, vision changes.
You must seek medical attention immediately if any of these side effects occur.
If you have any questions about Entocort, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Etocort is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.