what is the correct dose of oral Pentasa?

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BirdusMom
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   Posted 1/23/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
So I went to the pharmacy to pick up a refill on my daughter's Pentasa (which she has taken for a long time) and found that the refill had the same instructions (4 capsules 3 times a day), but that the capsules were 500 mg. They used to be 250 mg. I called her doctor and spoke to a nurse who, after talking with the doctor, said that the pharmacy must have been filling her prescription incorrectly all this time. I must have repeated it to her half a dozen times, "So you want Hannah to take 2 grams of medication three times a day for a total of 6 grams?" She said yes, but kept saying something about not having to take as many capsules now. Everything I read about Pentasa says the standard adult dose is 4 grams a day. My daughter is 14 and weighs 80 pounds. I've got a phone message and an email in to her doctor/nurse, but am not going to have her take the full dose until I hear. What do you all say?

mother of Crohns patient, diagnosed at age 8, current medications Entocort, Pentasa; supplements include multivitamin, fish oil, glutamine, and floristar
previous meds: remicade, methotrexate, azathioprine (all of which she had severe reactions to); bowel resection in March of 2009 (13 inches of small intestine, ilieum, and a bit of large bowel and appendix)

Lady G
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   Posted 1/23/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Best would be to talk to your doctor and or pharmacist again as Pentasa really differs per patient. When I was on Pentasa, long ago, and the pills I took 6 caps a day (I believe they were 250s but not sure), not just 4 that you have and I've seen others taking up to and more of 16 caps a day, so it really depends I assume on what your doctor wants and how many work for you specifically.
 


crohnielass
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   Posted 1/24/2010 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
When i was on pentasa my dose was 500mg 3 times a day, but as lady G said it can differ with each patient Bev x
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Kellznpc8784
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   Posted 1/24/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on pentasa for a year now and im 22 years old and my dose is 500mg. 2 pills 4 times a day total of 8 pills.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 1/24/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
The "standard" (manufacturers' recommended) dosage is 1g 4 x daily. As you can see, actualy dosage can vary from doctor to doctor and patient to patient.
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   Posted 1/24/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you really need to get back with the Doctor. I would maybe go by his office or make a appt so that you can talk to him, not his nurse. Good luck!
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BirdusMom
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   Posted 1/24/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone. From what you all have said, I am thinking 6 grams a day (that's 12, 500 mg. pills) is a lot for an 80 pound girl. I have kept her at the old dose for now. Waiting to talk to her doc tomorrow. . .
mother of Crohns patient, diagnosed at age 8, current medications Entocort, Pentasa; supplements include multivitamin, fish oil, glutamine, and floristar
previous meds: remicade, methotrexate, azathioprine (all of which she had severe reactions to); bowel resection in March of 2009 (13 inches of small intestine, ilieum, and a bit of large bowel and appendix)

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