My wife was on pentasa for 4 years which did little to do nothing, she has developed severe depression problems from crohns in the meantime She had a resection in Feb. now the doctor wants to give her remecade or humira
I'm not at all experienced in meds and whether they work or not - I'm just going through that process now. Just thought I'd mention though that the doctor I saw last week wanted to prescribe with Imuran for remission maintenance - when I asked why not Pentasa/Asacol he said these were more effective on CD of colon or UC rather than small bowel/terminal ileum CD. looking through other replies and websites (yes I'm obsessed at the moment!) it certainly seems to be a lesser evil than immunosuppressants.
Diagnosis Oct 07: Mild Crohn's Colitis. Also suffer from bleeding Peptic Ulcers. By the grace of God currently in remission. Current Medication: 1000mg Pentasa Tablets x 2 a day. VSL#3. Asacol Suppository at night.
hi London Red
I'm in Wakefield and struggling to understand all the various aspects of this disease and who decides what about medication etc i should get. That's why I'm interested in the Pentasa thread - seems much more sensible than other stuff; I saw registrar last week (not consultant), ended up really upset and not another chance to get the answers for another 6 weeks. I suspect they think I am an old hand at it cos I had an emergency resection 12 years ago but I haven't been on medication or under a specialist for around 10 years so it was pretty much out of my head until recent emergency surgery - don't want to repeat the experience but equally don't want to be a slave to drugs and all the possible side effects if not necessary.