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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 10/3/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am currently taking 2000mg of Salofalk (5 ASA/Mesalamine - other places have other names). My doctor originally told me to take 1/2 in the morning and half at night. That was 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with Crohn's. Recently, after a bad flare, he told me that I could take it all at once, one time in the day. This is because I was complaining about trying to take other things so as not to conflict (vitamin C/metamucil etc.)

I have checked on the medication sites, and I wondered if others are taking their 5 ASA all at once, and how that is working for them.

44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Prednisone 0 mg (as of this week!!), Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium 40 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 10/3/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sure it is okay, but I take my Asacol 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at bedtime. Hope that helps a little.

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 10/3/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I split my dose in half as well. I wonder what you mean about medications conflicting though. I take my Pentasa in the morning with my vitamins and other meds and in the evening with a stool softener and Trazadone. To my knowledge the drug does not have any interaction problems (although maybe this varies for different 5-ASAs?).
29f, PhD student, originally diagnosed with Crohn's in 2/06.
9/09: diagnosis being questioned due to lack of evidence of disease
Waiting to get an appointment with a rheumatologist for severe joint pain
Currently taking: 2g Pentasa, 20mg prednisone, 150mg Trazadone, multivitamin, vitamin D supplement

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