Entocort belongs to the group of glucocorticosteroids used for inhalation. The drug provides antiallergic, anti-inflammatory effects. Patient reviews are mostly positive, which makes it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of this medication.
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Table of Contents
- What is it?
- What is it used for?
- How to use it?
- How long does it take to work?
- Side effects
- Entocort and pregnancy
Entocort is a glucocorticosteroid agent (GCS). The active ingredient is budesonide. The drug has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-exudative effects, which leads to a decrease in bronchial obstruction. The remedy inhibits the release of inflammatory and allergic mediators, as well as reduces the reactivity of the respiratory tract to their action. The medication improves the respiratory function, reduces the severity and frequency of dyspnea, asthma, coughing. The maximum clinical effect develops after 1-2 weeks of therapy.
- Bronchial asthma, asthmatic bronchitis;
- Vasomotor rhinitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity);
- Seasonal and allergic rhinitis;
- Prevention of nasal polyp growth after polypectomy (surgical removal of polyps).
Open the bottle with the drug. Fill the nebulizer through the upper hole with the required amount of the drug. Nebulization should be carried out in accordance with the instructions for the type of nebulizer used.
The volume of budesonide solution delivered to the patient’s lungs using a nebulizer is variable and depends on several factors, including the following: inhalation time, camera fill level, technical characteristics of the nebulizer, the ratio of the volume during inhalation/exhalation and respiratory volume of the patient, use of mouthpiece or mask.
- Rinse your mouth with water after each inhalation;
- 2If you use a mask, make sure that the mask fits snugly to the face during inhalation;
- Wash your face after inhalation;
- The nebulizer chamber and mouthpiece or mask are washed with warm water after each use. Use a mild detergent or follow the manufacturer’s instructions;
- The drug regimen is determined by the attending physician depending on the disease, the age of the patient and the method of application.
You may notice a positive effect within 2-8 days of starting this medication. It may take up to 4-6 weeks of regular use before you notice the maximum effect.
Entocort can cause side effects. They depend on the dose, duration of treatment, concomitant or previous treatment with other corticosteroids and individual sensitivity:
- Skin: allergic eczema, red stria, petechiae, ecchymosis, steroid acne, impaired wound healing, contact dermatitis;
- Musculoskeletal system: muscle weakness, osteoporosis, aseptic necrosis of the femur and the head of the humerus;
- Organ of vision: glaucoma, cataract;
- Central nervous system: depression, euphoria, irritability;
- Endocrine system: Cushing’s syndrome (moon-shaped face, trunk obesity, diabetes mellitus, reduced glucose tolerance, sodium retention with the formation of edema, hypokalemia, decreased function or atrophy of the adrenal cortex, impaired secretion of sex hormones (amenorrhea, hirsutism, impotence);
- Cardiovascular system: increased blood pressure, increased risk of blood clots, vasculitis (withdrawal syndrome after prolonged treatment);
- Immune system: effect on the immune response (increased risk of infectious diseases).
The dose regimen of the drug is determined by the attending physician depending on the disease, the age of the patient and the method of application. Do not use this medication without consulting your doctor. Do not increase or reduce the dosage on your own.
The use of Entocort inhaler during pregnancy is possible if the benefit to the mother outweighs the possible risk to the fetus.
Budesonide is excreted in breast milk, however, when using the drug in therapeutic doses, the effect on the child was not observed. When prescribing budesonide to lactating women, it is necessary to consider the therapeutic benefit of the drug for the mother in relation to the possible risk to the baby.
Before using this medication during pregnancy or breastfeeding period, consult your doctor.
Olivia: “I was diagnosed with bronchial asthma (I had chest congestion and constant cough). The doctor prescribed me Entocort. Now I feel much better. No more severe attacks.”
Madison: “The inhalation helps to remove an obstruction. It is important to observe the correct dosage, it must be determined by the doctor depending on the severity of the situation.”
Ashley: “The doctor prescribed me budesonide inhaler for preventing attacks of bronchial asthma. After a course of treatment, I have no new attacks for three months!”
Benjamin: “I have been suffering from asthma for 3 years. About six months ago, a doctor prescribed me Entocort. I noticed the first significant effects in a week. The result is positive.”