Recently diagnosed with Crohn's, with questions about Pentasa and Colace.

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   Posted 2/10/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I am a 43 yr old female recently diagnosed with Crohn's after colonoscopy and small capsule endoscopy. I never have diarrhea, just a gnawing pain in my lower right abdomen, and pain and rectal bleeding when passing hard or large stool. My tests showed small ulcerations in my rectum, and small ulcerations in my terminal ileum. Thankfully, nothing severe.
My doctor wants me to try to oral Pentasa and Canasa suppositories, but I am afraid. I read the package insert and got a little freaked out about the thought of pericarditis or allergic reaction. I guess I'm looking for a little reassurance.
I was also wondering if anyone here takes Colace to help with hard stools?
Thanks for taking the time to help.

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   Posted 2/10/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I was dx almost 3 years ago, and I started on Pentasa, now I am on Humira, and yes I always take colace, cause I am always constipated, never had diarreah...
It will make you begin to fell beter soon...
good luck

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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Angela,

Colase is common and seems to help lots of people. Unfortunately, I get horrible gas pains from it and will never touch it again. Everyone is different and I think I am in the small minority for colase.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Collace and haven't had any problems, but I only take half of what the dr tells me to take. I'm also one that has C with my Crohn's, instead of D.  I was able to stop taking it at one point but now the hydrocodone for joint pain has caused more C, so I'm back on it.  Also used to take Pentasa, but it didn't help me. 

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 2/10/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a generic version of Colace everynight. If I didn't I would be in a world of hurt, because of constipation. Don't worry about the Pentasa, it is a very mild medication with little or no side effects. In fact its one of the mildest Crohns meds. Hope that helps to calm your worries.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 2/10/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
i have had severe crohns all my life but just diagnosed. ive been taking 6mp and pentasa with no problems. let ur doc know ur concerns theres nothing wrong with educating urself about what ur putting in ur body.

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   Posted 3/26/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
ya i am a crohns patient since 1993 and i take pentassa500mg 6 aday and i have had no problems
thamk god i also take puri-nethol50mg cause i was taking imurian100mg but i was sick on them
but i suppuse if u do have any quirys ask the doc take care and i hope the meds do the trick
im a 40 yr old woman who has CD since 1993..
current medication is pentassa and purinethol.

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