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Spouse has IBS & UC. Doc ordered Prometheus panel. Expensive. Worth it?Lialda & Canasa current Meds

Spouse has IBS & UC. Doc ordered Prometheus panel. Expensive. Worth it?Lialda & Canasa current Meds

Yes: Another cause of similar symptoms to to irritable bowel and ulcerative colitis can be celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. The test is very accurate to rule gluten sensitivity in or out. It would be nice to know that since gluten intolerance is very treatable by dietary avoidance of gluten. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more


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Can ulcerative colitis, lialda (mesalamine), and omeprazole cause erectile dysfunction?

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Can ulcerative colitis, lialda (mesalamine), and omeprazole cause erectile dysfunction?

Complicated question: Inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis & Crohn's disease, is a complicated illness linked to many other conditions eg erectile dysfunction. It's unclear if IBD or its treatment/complications causes ED. ED is a rare side effect of omeprazole (http://www.drugs.com/sfx/omeprazole-side-effects.html) but I couldn't find any link w/Lialda http://www.drugs.com/sfx/lialda-side-effects.html ...Read more

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What is the difference between asacol (mesalamine) ec and asacol (mesalamine) hd dr?

Asacol (mesalamine): Regular Asacol (mesalamine) is 400 mgs in strtength.Asacol (mesalamine) hd is double strength it has 800 mgs. ...Read more

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Endocort for diarrhea instead of asacol (mesalamine) is it better?

Depends!: Entacort-la 3mg is a mostly non-absorbed steroid given for bowel inflammation. If you have diarrhea from a non-inflammatory cause, you should not take it. But Asacol (mesalamine) is also for inflammation of the bowel. If you do, it is what works best for you! ...Read more

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What are the differences between asacol (mesalamine) hd and apriso for the treatment of ulcerative colitis? (asacol (mesalamine) (mesalamine) hd is no longer covered by my insurance.)

Www.rxlist.com: Go to this site and look up the med. If you have any questions about what you read, ask and we'll explain. But rxlist is my favorite site, and i print patient handouts from this site. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Will pepto interfere with asacol (mesalamine)?

Unlikely: Pepto and Asacol (mesalamine) , if taken together, should not cause any issues . You shouldn't need both together though ...Read more

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Dose having Ulcerative colitis go against ICSI treatment working for me?

Dose having Ulcerative colitis go against ICSI treatment working for me?

UC and pregnancy: It depends. If your ulcerative colitis is well-controlled, your miscarriage rate will be slightly higher than the 1 in 6 of the general population and will, therefore, be followed as a high-risk pregnancy. Here is a good resource: http://www.ccfa.org/resources/pregnancy-and-ibd.html ...Read more

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Does donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) work for ibs?

Does donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) work for ibs?

Helps spasms: Smooth muscle relaxant and Phenobarbital (barbiturate/sedative). Can be usefulas part of the overall rx picture. Not the only muscle relaxant available. Won't improve constipation, may slow down bowel. ...Read more

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Patient controlled years with UC without flares on Asacol (mesalamine).Now, Insurance won't pay unless patient fails trial of generic balsalazide.Refer back to GI?

What a shame!: You may have success getting Asacol (mesalamine) HD or a suitable similar 5-ASA approved on appeal for health plan coverage as a policy exception since the patient has done so well with it for so long. Or, prescribe the balsalazide (Colazal) alternatively. As an aside, is the patient with ulcerative colitis in question due for dysplasia surveillance now, in which case he/she deserves a GI referral anyway? ...Read more

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Uc. Ulcerative colitis. Can I take zyrtec (cetirizine).?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) with UC: Thanks for asking--its always a good idea when you have a systemic disease to check with doctor before taking a new drug. Zyrtec (cetirizine) is an antihistamine. Per pdr, referrable to the GI tract, when taking zyrtec (cetirizine) 5% get dry mouth, 5.6% get abdominal pain, 2-3% get diarrhea, 2-3% get nausea &/or vomiting, less than 2% get constipation, flatulence, rectal hemorrhage, % mouth ulcers. Sounds safe enough w/uc. ...Read more

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For GI issues. Taking Ranitidine , Carafate , Compazine, (prochlorperazine) and GasX... any contradictions interactions to watch out for ? Medications by primary dr. and Gastroenterology dr.

For GI issues. Taking Ranitidine , Carafate , Compazine, (prochlorperazine) and GasX... any contradictions interactions to watch out for ? Medications by primary dr. and Gastroenterology dr.

Ok: These medications all have different mechanisms of action and I don't think there are contraindications or interactions to worry about. In situations or questions like this, your pharmacist, who has access to information about almost all medications, can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Elevated lipase/amylase, no gallbladder, mrcp no infl of pancreas, liver lesion, not a drinker/smoker, only 32, was taking asacol (mesalamine) hd/colazal, opinion?

Elevated lipase/amylase, no gallbladder, mrcp no infl of pancreas, liver lesion, not a drinker/smoker, only 32, was taking asacol (mesalamine) hd/colazal, opinion?

See GI doctor: Its not clear whether you have pain / pancreatitis or how high your levels are. There's a lot of causes of pancreatitis including medicational side effect but it is best to have a GI doctor review your labs / imaging first. ...Read more

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Is there anyone on remicade (infliximab) for ulcerative colitis?

Plenty: Remicade (infliximab) has been shown to work in ulcerative colitis as well as crohn's disease. Can induce remission and maintain remission. ...Read more

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Which is better for gastroparesis amitiza (lubiprostone) or linzess?

Which is better for gastroparesis amitiza (lubiprostone) or linzess?

Gastroparesis: Have you already been diagnosed with gastroparesis? Documentation of delayed emptying of gastric contents is required before treatment. All patients with symptoms of gastroparesis which include nausea, vomiting, early satiety &fullness/bloating need to be screened for diabetes mellitus,hypothyroidism, neurological disease, autoimmune disease, past surgery. Please see your MD for a full exam. ...Read more

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Treatment for mezalazine-resistant ulcerative colitis?

Several : There are several new agents such as remicaid that may be used. Surgery is also a good option for ulcerative colitis. Fecal transplant has also been reported to be effective. You should discuss these options with your doctor. ...Read more

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