IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION—UCERIS extended release tablets
- UCERIS extended release tablets are contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to budesonide or any of the ingredients of UCERIS tablets. Anaphylactic reactions have occurred with other budesonide formulations
- When glucocorticosteroids are used chronically, systemic effects such as hypercorticism and adrenal suppression may occur. Since UCERIS tablets are a glucocorticosteroid, general warnings concerning glucocorticoids should be followed
- Care is needed in patients who are transferred from glucocorticosteroid treatment with higher systemic effects to glucocorticosteroids with lower systemic effects, such as UCERIS tablets, since symptoms attributed to withdrawal of steroid therapy, including those of acute adrenal suppression or benign intracranial hypertension, may develop. Adrenocortical function monitoring may be required in these patients. Taper patients slowly from systemic corticosteroids if transferring to UCERIS tablets
- Patients who are on drugs that suppress the immune system are more susceptible to infection than healthy individuals. Glucocorticosteroids should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with active or quiescent tuberculosis infection, untreated fungal, bacterial, systemic viral or parasitic infections, or ocular herpes simplex. More serious or even fatal courses of chickenpox or measles can occur in susceptible patients
- Caution should be taken in patients with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, peptic ulcer, glaucoma or cataracts, or with a family history of diabetes or glaucoma, or with any other condition where glucocorticosteroids may have unwanted effects
- In clinical studies, the most common adverse reactions of UCERIS tablets (occurring in ≥2% of UCERIS patients and at a higher incidence than placebo) were headache (11%), nausea (5%), decreased blood cortisol (4%), upper abdominal pain (4%), fatigue (3%), flatulence (2%), abdominal distension (2%), acne (2%), urinary tract infection (2%), arthralgia (2%), and constipation (2%)
- Concomitant use of inhibitors of Cytochrome P450 3A4 (such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, ritonavir, indinavir, saquinavir, and erythromycin) should be avoided. Advise patients to also avoid ingestion of grapefruit and grapefruit juice, which are known to inhibit CYP3A4, when taking UCERIS tablets
- Since the dissolution of the coating of UCERIS tablets is pH dependent, the release properties and uptake of the compound may be altered when UCERIS tablets are used after treatment with gastric acid-reducing agents (eg, PPIs, H2-blockers, and antacids)
- There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Budesonide should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Budesonide is secreted in human milk. A decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue UCERIS tablets, taking into account the clinical importance of UCERIS tablets to the mother
- Patients with moderate to severe liver disease should be monitored for increased signs and/or symptoms of hypercorticism. Discontinuing the use of UCERIS tablets should be considered in these patients
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