how long for entorcort to work

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   Posted 12/28/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
How long does it take for entocort to start working?

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   Posted 12/28/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
 I was prescribed Entocort on the day of my diagnosis along with flagyl, cipro, and the Asacol that my Dr. had already started me on. I started feeling much better within 2 days but I don't know what to attribute it to. Entocort is supposed to be non-systemic so they say that you don't have the same side effects as with Prednisone, however with me after about 2 weeks I started having trouble sleeping, a few days later I started having extreme mood swings, happy one minute and wanting to strangle someone the next. I had to quit taking it after 4 weeks because I was a mess I felt like I was losing my mind. Others have posted that they didn't have any of these side effects. I am not sure if I am just super sensitive or what but these side effects are possible. Good Luck :-)
Dx CD Oct '06  mom of 2 boys ages 9 and 12, remarried July '05, hoping to have one more very soon.

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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I started on 9mg Entocort and noticed a difference within 2 days. But skof is right, side effects of Entocort (for me anyway) can be harsh...mood swings and trouble sleeping are the two biggies. I still take it though because it's the only Rx that alleviates my inflammation.
Marci, 38 years old, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006, currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor, plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia

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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm taking Entocort, and I have to say I haven't noticed a great deal of change. I have noticed mood swings and an increase
in appetite. So it's much the same as being on prednisone, without the quick results. Although I was in the hospital a couple
of week ago and was given solumedrol, which is an IV steroid, so I guess I was getting a double whammy which could
account for my terrible mood....
I think you should really feel some relief after about 3 days..... I hope this helps....

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts

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   Posted 12/28/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
It took nearly four weeks for my daughter's RLQ soreness to be cleared up by Entocort. After trying to go off Entocort, she flared and had to start all over again with solumedrol via IV, then oral pred, then Entocort. Took seven weeks for the Entocort to wipe out the RLQ pain the second time.
Give it a few weeks and if it works, don't be in a hurry to go off it.
Daughter (20) Dx'd Crohn's 3/06. Misdiagnosed for two years, including by top pediatric Crohn's specialist as stress and needing more fiber but landed in hospital in 3/06 with cramps, vomiting, stricture. Now in remission with Entocort 3 mg (one pill), SCD multivitamin, yogurt, vit D3 1800IU, 900+ mg calcium, 50 mg B complex vit, 25 mg iron. No longer on SCD diet.   

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   Posted 12/28/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
The one time I took Entocort it took about 2 weeks to work for me. I unlike the others had no side effects from it like I did with Pred.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 1/1/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone, as usual everybody is a great help!



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