Should the d stop with 5ASA?

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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Just curious ive been on mezavant for about 6 months now, and things are like 100% better but still have d constantly, should that be stopping.

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   Posted 1/12/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mesalazine is the active ingredient in Mezavant. Mesalazine topically treats the mucosal lining of the intestine. Many people find that their symptoms decrease and the diarrhea slows. There are however a small subset of people that actually have worsening diarrhea with the Mesalazine products. Diarrhea is a known side effect of Mesalazine products.
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmm thanks... I guess im one of those unlucky people.

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   Posted 1/13/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
When I took Pentasa it caused me more D. I now take Asacol (sister med) and no longer have that problem. Another thing that helped with my D was probiotics.
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I take both Questran and Immodium for my D. While I'm on Asacol it really never did anything to slow my D down. I think it does help prolong my remissions though, but that's all I'm on it for.
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