Pentasa help with flare??

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Mitzo
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   Posted 12/29/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in a worsening flare and cannot contact my GP or gastro until next week Jan. 3 at earliest, then will have to wait for an appointment. A month of mesalamine enemas (Salofalk) has not helped my distal colitis, so I am upping/doubling my dose of Pentasa to 8 times 500mg a day from 4. I have plenty of Penatasa on hand and repeats on my prescription.
Does anyone know if this might help? I am also psyllium seeding to try to reduce the number of movements, which are now 5 painful ones a day plus lots of bloody mucous.
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics.


Old Hat
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   Posted 12/29/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I've read about oral 5-ASA meds, Pentasa is preferred by IBD gastros for treating right-sided colon inflammation & Crohns in terminal ileum. You might do better on Colazal; several members with distal UC writing to this site report that it has made a big difference, including yours truly./ Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

Mitzo
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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. What I will want first from my doc is entocort/budenoside enemas, which have always zapped the evil from my left side in no time flat. Meanwhile, sssshhhhh... the megadoses of pentasa may be working a bit, we'll see what the next two days bring. Colazal is something fairly new, isn't it?
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics.


jujub
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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Colazal was patented in 2000, so it's been around for 7 years. When I first started with my GI, who is terrific, he had a fit because I was on Pentasa with my left-sided UC. He quickly switched me to Colazal, which worked better for me.

If Pentasa has been working for you, I'd give it a bit more of a chance. There are "facts" and "truths" about this disease that just don't seem to apply to all of us all the time.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


Mitzo
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   Posted 1/3/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my God, it worked! The 8 pentasa a day and tapered off mesalamine enemas to every 2nd day has suddenly, like, overnight 3 days ago, stopped my flare which had been out of control since late July!
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics.


Mitzo
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   Posted 1/4/2008 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, today I got a bit of a dose of the old reality and my celebration of remission may have been premature. We'll see, but things are a lot better in some ways.
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics.

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