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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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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

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How safe is Crohn's medication (azothioprine)?

How safe is Crohn's medication (azothioprine)?

Very safe: Azathioprine a very useful drug in crohn's disease. It is an anti-inflammatory which is steroid sparing. Many patients with cd who are initially given steroids should be converted to azathioprine/6mp therapy for long-term use. Monitoring of blood counts and general examinations to monitor and screen for cancer are necessary. It is questionable azathioprine/6mp increase the risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take imuran (azathioprine) for Crohn's diseaes?

Yes: It is one of the mainstay treatments but should be taken with your doctor's supervision. ...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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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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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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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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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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Have you prescribed drug levsin (hyoscyamine)?

Have you  prescribed drug levsin (hyoscyamine)?

Yes: Levsin (hyoscyamine) is a antispasmodic which is used to treat crampy type abdominal discomfort often associated with irritable bowel. Common side effects include dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation. ...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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Mesalamine 5 Asa (Definition)

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