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Cortiment - Important Consumer Information

CORTIMENT IS A PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE

Cortiment Tablet 9mg. The active ingredient in Cortiment® is budesonide.

This medicine is used to treat adults for induction of remission of mild to moderate active Ulcerative Colitis (UC) where mesalazine treatment is not sufficient or not tolerated.

Cortiment has risks and benefits. Further information on the risks and benefits of this medicine can be found in the Consumer Medicines Information (CMI). Please refer to www.medsafe.govt.nz or your Pharmacist for a copy of the CMI.

Consult your Doctor to see if this medicine is right for you. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your Doctor, Pharmacist or Healthcare Professional.

Cortiment is an unfunded medicine, a prescription charge will apply.

The indicative Cortiment price to patients/public is approximately $210.00 per box, but this price can vary between pharmacies.

Do not use Cortiment if you have an allergy to any medicine containing budesonide or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet, or to peanut oil or soy. Do not give Cortiment to children.

SIDE EFFECTS:  

All medicines can have side effects.

Tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you: reflux or heartburn; muscle cramps and stomach pain; fast or irregular heart-beats; blurred vision or other changes in vision; skin rash or itchiness; heavy or irregular menstruation in women; muscle weakness or fatigue, thirst or a tingling sensation; Cushing-like symptoms such as round face, acne, weight gain and a tendency to bruise easily; nausea (feeling sick) or headache; reduced response to infection; change in behaviour such as nervousness, trouble sleeping or mood swings. This list includes the more common side effects of your medicine.

Tell your Doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following: sleepiness or drowsiness; bloating, stomach pain or discomfort; indigestion; swelling in your legs. This list includes serious side effects that may require medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.

If you notice any of the following, tell your Doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital: a sudden serious allergic reaction (called anaphylaxis) which can lead to breathing difficulties; fatigue; swelling of the hands, ankles or feet. This list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare.

Medicines like Cortiment tablets (corticosteroids) may affect the normal production of steroid hormones in your body. The effects include: increased bone fragility (osteoporosis), glaucoma (high eyeball pressure), effect on the adrenal gland (small gland near the kidney). Psychological problems may develop when taking steroids like Cortiment. Discuss it with your Doctor if you have experienced symptoms of psychological problems while on Cortiment. This is particularly important if you are depressed and may be thinking about committing suicide. In very rare cases, psychological problems have developed when high doses of corticosteroids were taken for a long time.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people. Tell your Doctor or Pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Cortiment.

 

IMPORTANT CONSUMER INFORMATION

The information provided in this website is not intended to replace advice given by your Doctor, Pharmacist or other Healthcare Professional. If you have any concerns about your health and or treatments please consult a Doctor, Pharmacist or other Healthcare Professional.

Consult your Doctor to see if this medicine is right for you.

This website does not contain all the consumer medicines information. For full consumer medicines information, please refer to www.medsafe.govt.nz or your Pharmacist.

Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd Auckland