Gross question - Pentasa

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Melissa H
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   Posted 10/12/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, my doc recently put me on Pentasa, instead of Asacol.  I've been on it about a week (8 pills a day).  I've notice my stool is more formed now, so that's good...but I've also noticed that it's covered in little bead like things.  It's weird...and also kind of freaking me out!  Is it perhaps the Pentasa??  Those are pretty big capsuls and I haven't broken one open, but they are full of little "beads", you can hear them.  When I was on Asacol it was common for me to see those in my BM's...but those were whole, red pills and easily identifiable.  Has anyone had this happen?
 
Thanks,
confused  Melissa
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
dx: Crohn's-Colitis, Hypothyroidism, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Generalized Anxiety Disorder
rx: Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Levsin, Synthroid, Yaz
Exploratory Laparotomy to repair perforated duodenum 4/06, ATV Accident - ouch!


heavly
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   Posted 10/12/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Pentasa 6 pills a day for almost 2 months. I didn't start seeing the little beads until about 2-3 weeks ago. I'm pretty sure it's just from the meds and isn't anything to worry about. At least, I haven't worried about it :P

It seems to be helping me (and you too!) so far, much luck <3
25 yrs - female : diagnosed with Crohn's 11/29/07

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mel05
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   Posted 10/12/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on pentasa for 8 months and yes I see the beads everytime I have a BM.  It is normal.  In fact, I think it is a good thing...it's doing its job! :-)  If you see full pentasa caplets, that is not a good thing, I do believe.  My GI asks me everytime I see him!

Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
Was on topamax for migraines...off now to try to get pregnant
No longer on Nexium...well now i"m back on it! 
On Entocourt for the next 6 weeks to see if I can get out of my flare!
 
I am 27 years old and have been married for 2 1/2 years.  My husband and I are currently going to try to get pregnant.  This is our first month trying, so wish us luck!!  (No longer trying due to all the meds and my flare! :-(  Hopefully we'll get to try again soon!!!)


Chase0409
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   Posted 10/12/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I took pentasa for the first pry 6 months I was diagnoised with CD I never seem to notice the beads but it is probably just from the meds. I wouldn't worry about it too much. It works great if you can afford it. My insurance quit paying for it :(

Chase

indigosunrise
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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
That is not a gross question and I almost asked it myself earlier!

I have also noticed the beads when I go. I have not broken open one of the capsules to see what they look like inside, but from what others have said, I bet that is what it is.

LMills
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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
The beads are normal. They are in the medicine to activate at certain times and then need to be gotten rid of. Much better than your body storing them until something gets blocked..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
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sammies
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 493
   Posted 10/12/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, those beads are inside the capsules. ( They get stuck on my tag and bother my r-v fistula.) Nothing to worry about.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa; started humira 7/1/08


Melissa H
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 85
   Posted 10/13/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Whew! Thanks for all of your input! I feel much better now :)

My hubby says "why are you looking anyway?!?!" - I told him that's what crohnie's do! LOL!

Melissa
30 year old wifey and mom to 3 little girls, 2 dogs, and 2 ratties and working full-time outside of the home...and always ready for a nap.
dx: Crohn's-Colitis, Hypothyroidism, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Generalized Anxiety Disorder
rx: Asacol, Omeprazol, Rowasa, Levsin, Synthroid, Yaz
Exploratory Laparotomy to repair perforated duodenum 4/06, ATV Accident - ouch!

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