Posted 2/1/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -7)
Pentasa is a 5-asa and a sulpha thing too, isn't it?
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics.

 

  • 6 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Probiotic
  • Psyllium powder.

Posted 2/2/2008 1:54 AM (GMT -7)
No sulfa in Pentasa oral....although the enemas might have metabisulfite in it as do the other 5ASA enemas.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Posted 2/2/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)
Well then, Quincy, that explains why when I was using salofalk mesalamine enemas I was in diarrhea overdrive for 2 months.

I wonder if there is any way to get the humatin sulpha aftereffects under control. I seem to have returned to a baseline level of liquid diarrhea daily, no blood or mucous or UC-type pains, just the diarrhea.

As I said, my doctors do not seem to have a clue what to do about it. I have 2 more appointments lined up soon, but I have a feeling they are fed up with me on this.
21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics.

 

  • 6 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Probiotic
  • Psyllium powder.

Posted 2/2/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -7)
Hey Gargamel,
I hope you've stopped the sulphasazine by now. My rash also started on my arms (and hands). That was on day 7 or so. By the next day, I had a fever and was pretty miserable. I hope you haven't gotten to that point!

Personally, I'd start trying to find a different 5ASA drug that might work for you. They're all a little different so you never know... maybe one will work for you.

I'm going to check out Ketotifen online now. I've never heard of it.
-------
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

Posted 2/2/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)
My GI has suggested that I try a new 5 ASA called Lialda (Mezavant) ...

I hear that you take less tablets and hopefully it should be safer.

G
Posted 2/2/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)
The dosaging would be the same basically...each pill is 1200mg compared to Asacol which is 400mg. So, basically, each pill is = 3 asacol.

It is time-released, so in that way, one might end up taking less meds. I would think that starting lower dosaging and increasing would be the best way to go rather than starting with a higher dosage and tapering.....the reason is some 5ASA meds create some of the very symptoms of UC....

Let us know how it goes for you.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Posted 2/2/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -7)
How would you know if you are allergic to 5 ASA altogether.

And what would be the next best treatment for somebody with moderate/severe Ulcerative Colitis.

G
Posted 2/2/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)

I would say allergy would be more systemic....and side effects could be more specific.

Your next step would be steroid meds...you could start with oral (entocort) and rectal (either foam or liquid).

Are you using any rectal 5ASA meds as well at this time?

q


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 2/2/2008 12:54:37 PM (GMT-7)

Posted 2/2/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -7)
I am using a steroid enema called Predsol, but I think I need an oral anti-inflammatory medicine as well because my colitis goes all the way round.

G
Posted 2/12/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -7)
if you are allergic to pentasa which i have been on since september and high dosage of steriod. So im coming off steriods breaking out in rash on my face, whole body itches. On saturday had an issue with food allergey testing and all of that came back negative but broke out in a huge red rash and they had to use the ephrine pen on me. They thought i was allergic to glycerin a perservative in the testing kit. Any ideas?

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