Combo. of Pentasa and Asacol?

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HM
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   Posted 3/11/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Do any of you all take both Pentasa and Asacol?  I started taking Pentasa after a year of Asacol and my pain still being under my ribcage and across my stomach.  I have been on the Pentasa for about a mo and a half and now the blood is back in my BM's.  It is red, therefore I know it has to be toward the end of my bowel and now I am wondering if a combo of the 2 would work best. 
 
I know I may be jumping a head of myself, however when I saw the blood this morning I was worried because I had only had 1 "D" day since I started on the immunsuppressent, endocort and pentasa.  As of last Thurs, last Sat was the only day I wasn't crampy and "D" (or very soft BM's).
 
Oh and my bloodwork from last mo showed my iron up to 11 and my CBC at 12.5. 

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


gumby44
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   Posted 3/11/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Pentasa and Asacol are the same medication...they are just released in different parts of your intestines. The Pentasa is released in the small intestine and shoul travel down and cover your colon. That being said, it seems that different meds seem to help different people. I don't think you want to take both, though.
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation


Nanners
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   Posted 3/11/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Gumby! These are the same meds and release in different areas of the intestine. I would think that maybe another med might be a better option for you.

Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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HM
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 211
   Posted 3/11/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
That is what I am wondering. I asked my GI about pentasa due to where it releases and it has seemed to help. However, with the "D" I am now having I just fear it is releasing too soon to help a different part of my intestines.

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily

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