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What Is Budesonide ER Used For?

If you have ulcerative colitis, you may receive a prescription medication called budesonide ER. This medicine works to treat this type of inflammatory bowel disease by decreasing inflammation to control flares. Budesonide ER is approved for use in adults only. Off-label (unapproved) uses include treating ulcerative colitis for longer than eight weeks, which is the approved amount of time this medication is normally prescribed for.

An Overview of Uses for Budesonide ER

Budesonide ER (Uceris™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. In particular, it is approved for treating mild-to-moderate active Crohn's disease for up to eight weeks to cause remission (improvement).
 
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that leads to inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the large intestine and rectum. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal (stomach) pain, and other symptoms like rectal bleeding or extreme urgency to have a bowel movement. At this time, the causes of ulcerative colitis are not fully understood.
 
Although ulcerative colitis complications can be quite severe, there is one ulcerative colitis cure -- surgery (see Ulcerative Colitis Surgery). However, because surgery is not for everyone, there are also nonsurgical ulcerative colitis treatment options, such as:
   
Although budesonide ER is not a cure for ulcerative colitis, it is quite useful for controlling flares of the disease. Ulcerative colitis often gets worse (these periods are known as flares) and improves (known as remission). Although continuous use of steroids, including budesonide ER, is not recommended, these medications are often necessary to get the disease under control.
 

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