Does anyone only take 4 Pentaza daily?

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   Posted 7/6/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering because i have been taking 8 per day.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
yes, i take 8 a day, 4 in the morning and 4 at night and have been since being on pentasa for about 4 years.
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections

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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Son is on four a day but if dose is based on size/weight-he is tiny :)

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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on 4 a day (500mg) but doc says to increase if I want but I keep forgetting :/

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   Posted 7/7/2010 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I take 4 a day regularly. My GI told me that I can double it if I am having problems, but from what I understand there isn't much benefit to more versus less. If it is working at 4 a day I would stick to it. I did double it last year at the beginning of my last big flare. It just gave me headaches. It is really only a maintenance mediation. If you are having troubles while using it you may need something more. I would ask your doctor before reducing it though, because he/she might have a reason for the dosage.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last 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: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I was originally prescribed 4 g/day (which is 8 capsules). I could never remember my midday dose, so I started taking it only 2x/day, for a total of 2 g/day. That led to some general unpleasantness. I'm trying to remember a 3rd dose (usually around 3 pm), so I'm more consistently back at 3 g/day, and that seems to be working well.

I haven't tried to take 2 g twice a day. I guess I could, but I already take a boatload of pills morning and night. Somehow I just can't get myself to do this.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to take 4 in the beginning but i now i take 8. 4 in the morning and 4 evening. That's the only med i'm taking at the moment but not sure for how long i'll be able to stay in remission. I did have mini flares and took entocort for a brief period in between though.

27 years old
CD for 20 years
Bowel resection in Dec. 2006
Pentasa 4000mg

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   Posted 7/7/2010 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 4 a day..two 500mg pills twice a day (2000mg). I understand that this is the minimum dose found to be effective. I am in remission, so it seems to be working for me. I think 4000 mg is more common.
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 7/7/2010 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 8 a day, 2 each at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day/night.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
Taking Pentasa 500mg/8x/day
Entocort 3X/day
Bentyl as needed
1000 mg Vitamin C
Prilosec 1X/day

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   Posted 7/7/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I am supposed to take 6 a day, 2 in morning, 2 midday, and 2 at night. a while back I had to start rationing as my insurance wasn't going to cover it and i was running out. But I've been out of it for a while now... trying to get coverage for it but it's not working very well.
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008
Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication: Pentasa 6x daily, Imuran 50 mg, multivitamin, Vit B12 1 g, omeprazole. Sulfasalazine

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   Posted 7/8/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
it depends what dosage your on, i take 2 500 milligram 4xD
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