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What is the association between Crohn's disease and pentasa (mesalamine)?

What is the association between Crohn's disease and pentasa (mesalamine)?

Minimal at best: Pentasa (mesalamine) is marketed as being released in the small bowel. It may reduce some symptoms from crohn's disease. But there's no evidence that it works for long-term management of crohn's disease or prevention of crohn's related complications. ...Read more

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Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...Read more


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Hello doctor, I am looking for any advice on Crohn's disease & pentasa (mesalamine)?

Hello doctor, I am looking for any advice on Crohn's disease & pentasa (mesalamine)?

Does not work: Pentasa (mesalamine) & other Mesalamine (5-asa) medications are anti-inflammatory medications that only work on the thin lining of the colon (large intestine). They can work for mild ulcerative colitis. They do not work for crohn's disease which affects the deeper layers of the gut and affects other parts of the gut other than the colon. The only meds that are effective for crohn's are immunosuppressive. ...Read more

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What to do if I have Crohn's disease (a chronic ibd) there's no cure. I need pentasa (mesalamine) made by shire.?

What to do if I have Crohn's disease (a chronic ibd) there's no cure. I need pentasa (mesalamine) made by shire.?

Crohn's Disease: There is no cure, but there is treatment to keep it under control. Usually the best people to take care of Crohn's are gastroenterologists, and they usually take care of Crohn's patient in conjunction with a surgeon. Your treatment will depend on your symptoms and findings. Be sure to see your doctor if your current treatment is not working for you. ...Read more

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I have forgotten to take my pentasa (mesalamine) tablets for Crohn's , should I be worried?

Retake: Just restart them. Typically if you miss one or two doses, nothing bad should happen in such a short period of time. However if you are ROUTINELY missing doses, you are more likely to have a flare up. If you really don't think you can take your medications without forgetting, discuss other medical options with your GI doctor ...Read more

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I take pentasa (mesalamine) 500 mg (8 tabs a day) 4 my Crohn's but can I also take calendula capsules along wiv meds wivout it being overpowering on my insides?

Not effective: I'm unaware of any data which suggests that calendula is beneficial for crohn's or any other GI disorders. Anyway, you need to direct this question to your physician who is managing your Pentasa (mesalamine) dosage. Chrohn's disease is complex and variable, so don't skip or adjust meds without medical clearance. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a pt comes to ED w/ acute IBD flair up (Dx of Crohn's ). Would it be appropriate to start them on Lialda until Pentasa can be aquired?

If a pt comes to ED w/ acute IBD flair up (Dx of Crohn's ).  Would it be appropriate to start them on Lialda until Pentasa can be aquired?

Yes : It's an alternative for IBD. Should be fine till you start pentasa. However always let dr administrating pentasa know what you are on. ...Read more

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My doctor put me on pentasa (mesalamine) to treat my Crohn's can that affect my baby?

My doctor put me on pentasa (mesalamine) to treat my Crohn's can that affect my baby?

Not as much: Affect on baby as having your crohn's getting out of control. Take your meds and keep your crohn's stable during the pregnancy. This is what is best for you and your baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Richards
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