Here's what I found about
Pentasa versus Asacol:
"How does Pentasa differ from Asacol?
Both Pentasa and Asacol are prescript
ion forms of mesalamine. The difference between Asacol and Pentasa is in the outer chemical coating. Oral Pentasa has a unique formulation. The active ingredient is contained in coated microgranules, which enables a prolonged release of the active substance throughout the intestinal tract, from duodenum to the rectum. Therefore the Pentasa preparation is more useful for Crohn's patients who often have inflammation of the small intestine. The average small bowel transit time is approximately 3-4 hours in healthy volunteers.
Asacol is a delayed release enteric-coated tablets which generally releases the active ingredient only in the colon. While there are always clinical exceptions, Asacol is generally suitable for patients with colitis only (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's colitis), but not disease involving the small intestine."
This is from gihealth.com
Q is right my statement wasn't correct. Pentasa isn't designed to treat the right side. It's designed to treat the small intestine and colon. However, I still think that more medicine could be getting to your colon if you were on a colon only drug. Sorry about
the confusing statement. I made an assumption based on reading that people with stubborn right sided inflammation get Pentasa when the colon only drugs don't cut it. I didn't realize it did the whole small intestine too! :o)
How long has it been now Krissy? :o(
Originally Diagnosed: 7/08 Mild left sided UC
Current Flare started: 12/26/09, re-diagnosed with pancolitis.
Current Meds: Prednisone 20mg, Imuran 150mg, Starting Remicade in the next week or two, Lexapro (10mg), lunesta (3mg).
Past Meds: Mesalamine Enemas, Canasa, Hydrocortisone Enema & Supp. Oral Mesalamine Intolerant.
Supplements: Multivitamin, Fish Oil, C, Iron, D, Calcium, Potassium, Bio-K, Tumeric, Boswellia.
Post Edited (Ugh Just Ugh) : 6/15/2010 2:41:39 PM (GMT-6)