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What are the possible consequences of taking 4, 000 mg of pentasa (mesalamine) everyday?

What are the possible consequences of taking 4, 000 mg of pentasa (mesalamine) everyday?

Usually helps: 4000 mg is the usual dose of Pentasa. The active ingredients in Pentasa is mesalamine. It is usually well-tolerated, and very often helps with inflammatory bowel conditions in the bowel. Lists of the rare possible side effects are easily found online. The important thing is to be sure that your IBD is not worsening after starting the medication. If it is, contact your doctor.

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What are the differences between pentasa (mesalamine) and lialda?

Site of release: Both are in the class of mesalamines - antiinflammatory agents for inflammatory bowel disease. Pentasa tends to release higher up in the small intestine due to its release mechanism while Lialda tends to release solely in the colon.

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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

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What is the treatment for pentasa (mesalamine) overdose?

Pentasa (mesalamine) Overdose: For recent Pentasa (mesalamine) overdose the stomach may be pumped. Intravenous fluid hydration is used.

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What are pentasa (mesalamine) and imuan used for?

IBD: Inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis & Crohn's disease. Pentasa (mesalamine) is a type of antiiflammatory agent and Imuran is an immunomodulator.

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Child ate pentasa (mesalamine) what should I do?

Child eating somethi: Always call poison control to clarify the item ingested. The poison control number is usually an 800 no. And can be found in the front of your phone book, or any emergency room would have it and you could post it on your fridge or put it somewhere quickly accessible. My 10 mo old once put a handful of dishwasher soap in his mouth (not tasty!) but i called just to be sure.

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What is the definition or description of: Pentasa (mesalamine) overdose?

Unusual: There is no reported clinical experience with PENTASA overdosage. PENTASA is an aminosalicylate, and symptoms of salicylate toxicity may be possible, such as: tinnitus, vertigo, headache, confusion, drowsiness, sweating, hyperventilation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Ref: http://www.rxlist.com/pentasa-drug/overdosage-contraindications.htm

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Can pentasa (mesalamine) help with asthma?

Can pentasa (mesalamine) help with asthma?

Causes Bonchospam: Acute Bronchospasm is isted as a side effect 0.1to1% according to the uginformatin But not listed as Asthma

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What is the definition or description of: Pentasa allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Pentasa allergy?

Pentasa allergy: Pentasa (Mesalamine) is a nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory drug used in treatment of & to prevent flare-ups of ulcerative colitis.

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Is it okay for me to take probiotics with pentasa (mesalamine)?

Yes: You can take probiotic with pentase . You need to take the probiotic three times a day. That is because the active culture from the capsules can not survive and permanently colonize the gut and fight and suppress the overgrowth of the bad bacteria. What i advise my patients is to eat plain yogurt about three times a week and that is good to do the job. You can also use keffir. Food is medicine!

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

Pentasa (mesalamine): Pentasa (mesalamine) or Mesalamine is one of several medications used to treat crohn's disease. It is designed to reduce the inflammation in the intestine and thus aid in controlling symptoms.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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I have IBD, and I have a recent increase in bowel activity. Should I increase my pentasa?

No: whether dose of pentasa can be increased or not depends on what dose of pentasa you are but that also has to be done only in discussion with your GP or specialist. usually most people are given short course of steroids to tide over small changes. Please see your GP

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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.

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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.?

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.

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I am on pentasa (mesalamine) and azathioprine. How to decrease toxicity, side effects?

I am on pentasa (mesalamine) and azathioprine. How to decrease toxicity, side effects?

Get another opinion: First, get help from a functional medicine physician in your area by going to a4m.Com and using doctor locator function to determine why you were told you need these meds and see if fixing the underlying problem or using safer nutritional supplements wouldn't be a better choice rather than being stuck on these meds for a lifetime. No meds - no side effects!

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