Pentasa: out put?

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   Posted 2/27/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone else on Pentasa has any information on weather or not you should see the tiny little round balls in your BMs or if the body should be absorbing them some how. I do understand that the capsules will not and should not open until they reach the pH level in my small intestine but I am getting conflicting info on weather or not I should see the balls in the toilet.

I would be grateful to hear any and all thoughts on this issue, as I am not sure if this medication is even doing anything for me.
Diagnosed Endometriosis 1998, Crohns 2008
Drugs: Pentasa, Entocort, B inj

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   Posted 2/27/2010 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
That's normal with Pentasa.

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   Posted 2/27/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you will see it forever..perfectly normal. don't worry about it
51 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, probiotics

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   Posted 2/27/2010 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes you do see the little balls in your stool. I think they hurt my bum comming out.
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DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa.    

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   Posted 2/28/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone!
Diagnosed Endometriosis 1998, Crohns 2008
Drugs: Pentasa, Entocort, B inj

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   Posted 3/1/2010 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
coincidentally I find casings from asacol as well.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah Grandpato2 I see those with my Asacol too. Perfectly normal.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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