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   Posted 10/6/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone know anything about Entocort?  I have to start taking it with imuran 150 mg.  Will I be alright?

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   Posted 10/6/2007 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I started taking Entocort in March 2006 when I was first dx with CD, it was the only med that helped with the inflammation. I didn't notice any adverse effects until weaned off of Entocort in August 2007, the mood swings I experienced were out of control, I was snappy and sometimes downright mean one minute and the next crying over absolutely nothing. It was scary for me because I had no control over my emotions, and it lasted about a week. Unfortunately, my doc had to put me back on the Entocort about a month later when the inflammation caused a partial blockage which caused me a lot of pain, after about 2 weeks of being back on the Entocort I went thru the same crazy mood swings, unfortunately the worst of it happened one day at work, I went in the bathroom when I couldn't stop crying, not wanting anyone to see me, I was so embarassed. And heaven help anyone who spoke to me because I would bite a head off. And that's not like me at all, I am very upbeat and even tempered normally.
So just be aware that the Entocort can cause serious mood swings, it is after all a steroid.
I hope it works for you though and helps with the pain and inflammation. Take care Bible!
Marci C.
38 years old, dx with Crohn's disease March 2007, currently on Humira, Entocort and hydrocodone (for pain)

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   Posted 10/6/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Made my son pee alot...but did not really help with his Crohns...hope it works better for is not a systematic steroid likr it is supposed to be safer. Good Luck Deese

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   Posted 10/6/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Entocort I was on and off for a long while. It did not do much for me. You do get some prednisone symptoms BUT not nearly as severe! It is supposed to be safer though................ Just make sure you look in to things and always get second opinions if you are EVER un sure!

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   Posted 10/6/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Entorcort for a two month period, every 6 months. I look forward to those two months because it's when I feel my best. My blood pressure was a bit elevated when I was on Entocort 6 months ago, but not this time. I've had no side effects whatsoever. Unfortunately, I took my last pill this morning. I've tapered down to 1 pill/day for the last two weeks and have already noticed a difference. If I feel as lousy as I was feeling before I started Entocort 2 months ago, I'm going to have to decide between Humira and surgery. I recommend giving Entocort a try. It's been a wonder drug for me.
CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, now on Imuran 125 mg and iron.

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   Posted 10/6/2007 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking entocort since I was dx in mid took about 2 week b4 it kicked and then the GI told me to reduce it after 4 weeks and the symptoms came back. He then started me on imuran and increased my entocort.....after 11 days on Imuran I felt very hill ( vomiting and fever) so I had to stop the imuran.....I am decrease the entocort now and on monday I will be taking 3mg one pill a day for 2 week and then I am far I haven't had any side effect with the entocort and feel much much better that before I started to take them....good luck
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg tappering off now . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergie reaction  can no longer take it .  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidone and lemotrogine.

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   Posted 10/6/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Entocort was much easier on my system than prednisone, but I got more relief from the pred since I have arthritis.
48 yr. old. Ileocolitis.  CD since early teens, misdx'd until age 36.  Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001.  Disease returned in 2003. Arthritis, episcleritis, chronic pain due to surgeries (nerve damage, adhesions) and disease.  Recently dx'd scoliosis.  History of endometriosis.

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   Posted 10/7/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has been in remission for 16 months thanks to Entocort. Been on 1 pill a day since May, with no side effects. We LOVE Entocort. She has the blessing of Mt. Sinai docs to continue with it...they say some patients have taken it for years.

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   Posted 10/7/2007 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Entocort was great for me... beats prednisone any day. I take 200 mg of Imuran... if my CD gets bad I and cycled on it for a few weeks usually does the trick. I does make you irratible.. or just down right mean... but it works.

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   Posted 10/8/2007 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Been a while


I everyone, I have been feeling great as well knock on wood I believe this is due too my long term almost 2 years now on 3mg maintance dose of Entocort.  I live in Canada and here they are using this drug in its lowest dose as a maintenace drug very effective and I have had no side effects.  I have had all the steriod over test ie, HPA, eyes, osteprosis and i am doing well no probs.  I have also been on a lot of Vitamins I am experimenting.  Taking B-6 complex VitD Vit C Omega 3-6-9 and good balaced meals no Lactose at all avoid nuts corn and few others.


Anyhow cheers


That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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   Posted 10/8/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Entocort for over a year. My aGI has no intention of taking me off or lowering my dose. I have been on Imuram for about 3 yrs. I take 100mg. If I don't take the Entocort by day 4 I know all about it too, gut starts right in. Other than Remicade this is the only drug I can say helps. Susie

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   Posted 10/8/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It gave me osteoporosis in less than 2 years.  Make sure to get a bone scan after a year.
Diagnosed 1/06
CD of Terminal Ileum
Taking Pentasa, Prograf and Remicade.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 10/8/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
This drug along with Asacol has helped me a little bit. I'm starting Remicade soon though. Entocort did however make me have awful leg cramps and ankle and foot swelling.

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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Have been on for 9 months and it's been the drug that makes me feel the best. When I try and go off symptoms return. GI doctor feels I should try and go off but after reading so many comments of people who have been on it for years, I think we'll discuss this more! Thanks!

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   Posted 10/16/2007 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been recently diagnosed w/ Micro Colitis (Collegenous) not sure of spelling, and my GI prescribed Entocort, 9 Mg/day. My symptons are better but having terrible leg cramps.  Is this a common side effect and how do you deal with them? I thank you in advance for any responses.  

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   Posted 10/16/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Entocort, especially at the full dose of 9mg, tends to interfere with calcium absorption, magnesium, and IMHO vitamin D in the body. The following web site discusses potential mineral deficiencies and their impact on leg cramps.

Nobody with Crohn's should take a magnesium supplement unless their magnesium deficiency is confirmed via a blood test, because these supplements tend to irritate the digestive tract and even cause D. (The best way to confirm vitamin or mineral deficiencies is to have blood tests taken to measure them.)  

Anybody on Entocort needs to take calcium and vitamin D. What you could probably safely do, right away, is take combination calcium/vitamin D supplements and see how you do.

My daughter takes a supplement that includes 450 mg calcium/400 IU vitamin D3 - she takes this supplement twice a day, plus a separate 1000 IU D3 (total of 900 mg calcium, 1800 IU D3) doesn't pay to take more than 450 mg calcium at one sitting, because the body can't absorb much more than that at one time. Also, calcium supplements tend to interfere with the absorption of other vitamins and minerals, so don't take them with meals...just with snacks. The vitamin D is fat-soluble, so we try to take these supplements with cheese, bread and butter, etc...something with fat. Calcium citrate appears to be easiest on the intestinal track and stomach.

The ccfa website offers guidelines for nutrition and supplements for Crohn's: 

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