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anglfrmhvn69
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
i'm suppose to start taking pentasa 500mg 4x a day eight pills all together,has anyone had any good sucess with this med.? i'm kinda afraid to start it as asacol didnt agree with me and it's still kinda the same med. and also was wondering is all uc meds. huge? i cant swallow pills i never could, not sure why just have a hard time swallowing pills. and was wondering what side effects did any experience? and i wonder if i can just break the capsules open and take it that way? i know it says not to but the are huge.
 

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2007 came back normal.

currently flaring on prednisone 60mg x1 week,40mg x1 week, 20mg x1 week.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

started taking one a day acidophilus probiotic

one a day omega 3 fatty fish oil capsule

                                                                      

 


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/25/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
The capsules are filled with tiny little beads, the reason I know this is because I would see them in the toilet lol. You can't open them up because the capsule itself is supposed to protect the medicine so it reaches your colon. I didn't have much luck with it but none of the ASA meds have worked for me, they seem to make things worse. Sorry you have trouble swallowing pills, I'm lucky in that I can swallow like 10 pills at a time so I take all of my meds in one big gulp..lol. Good luck with it, I hope it works for you!!!
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
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Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


bbc
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 11/25/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
They seem to work well for me vs Lialda
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


tabitha m
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 11/25/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
 
Ive been on Pentasa for 18 months as a maintenance pill and they have worked great, apart from when i got lazy taking them and within a week was flaring , other than that great .
 
Good luck
 
Kerry
Diagnosed Proctitis 2003
leaped to Pancolitis May 2007
 
2000mg pentasa a day
omega 3
Allergic to Sulphalizine
In remission since june 07
Multivitamin and calcium supplement
 
 


anglfrmhvn69
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 337
   Posted 11/25/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all of your replies

pamela

 i was diagnosed with uc on april.16,2003. had my sec. colonoscopy on aug.22,2007 came back normal.

currently flaring on prednisone 60mg x1 week,40mg x1 week, 20mg x1 week.

i also take nexium 40mg once a day for acid reflux.

take one multivitamin a day

started taking one a day acidophilus probiotic

one a day omega 3 fatty fish oil capsule

                                                                      

 


Red_34
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 11/25/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, what is up with these pills always being so large??!! When I switched from Asacol to Colazal I was in size shock! I couldn't believe how much larger Colazal was then Asacol. But honestly I find it better to swallow the Colazal because of it being in a capsule and it's much "softer" then a hard tablet. Glamourgirl is correct. You need the capsule because it will survive the stomach and make it's way to the large intestine where the medicine can then be released. Good luck with it. And remember that if this doesn't agree with you, you can always try Colazal which is a basalazide and not a mesalamine which Pentasa, Asacol and Lialda are. I can't tolerate mesalamines but I don't seem to have any issue with the basalazide.
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UC-V
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Date Joined Jun 2004
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 11/25/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Please let me know how it goes as i was taken off Asacol today, not because it didnt do the job but because it was making me lose a lot of hair. He doesnt think im going to have much luck with hair loss from Pentasa being as its the same drug but I dont think im mentally ready to take Remicade or Humira.

beefree
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 11/25/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   

hi i reacted to all of the 5asa group and was still told to take pentasa which was a satchet of granules slow release worried but confident at the time of my specialist took ONE satchet by that night i had had 50+ bowel motions and vomitted 20+ times was admitted to hosp and stayed 3 days being rehydrated so next time I will go with my gut instinct and question them like hell till im confidnt in taking something........good luck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


JOVIGIRL71
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Date Joined Sep 2003
Total Posts : 659
   Posted 11/26/2008 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pamela,
Asacol didn't work for me but Pentasa does very well with me. I am on 2pills
4 times a day.
Give it a try and good luck :-)


~~ Donna ~~
 
Diagnosed with UC in 1987 at age 16
Imuran ~ 2 1/2 pills a day,Pentasa 2x4 a day
Lexapro ~ 20 mgs daily for sanity  :-)
 

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