Is Pentasa alone enough?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/7/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, while looking through posts i;ve noticed that a lot of people on Pentasa are also taking other crohns meds i am on pentasa  1 tab 3 times a day but is that enough to keep the crohns at bay or should i be taking something else along side it?  thanks for any jnfo you can give me. Bevx
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

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   Posted 10/7/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
chronielass, it all depends on the person.  Pentasa did nothing for me, even taking 16 pills per day, so I had to be on other medications as well (and ended up stopping the Pentasa).  If the Pentasa alone is keeping your Crohn's under control, then you may not need any additional meds.  Only you and your doctor can decide that. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 10/7/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am maintained solely on the sister med Asacol. If its working ok for you, then until something changes I think you should be okay. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
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!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
It's worked for me the past couple years to maintain remission. Even worked through and after my first pregnancy.
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