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Pentasa Overdose In Children
Most likely.: Yes. Unless you have a severe life-threatening adverse event. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
Just started octreotide injecion (monthly) but still taking Pentasa ... should I contact Dr to discontinue Pentasa ?
contact your Dr before changing the medications you are taking!
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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! ...Read more
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
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
Well : Only your treating physician who knows your case should give you advice or treatment . To change your medications it's not wise to self medicate or change medications dosages on your own ...Read more
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
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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Can you tell me if a CRP result of 0.4 mg/dl is an indication of inflammation. Trying to get a diagnoses of Crohn's. Taking Pentasa (mesalamine) at the time.
It is normal range: To make a diagnosis of crohn's will take a lot more information. The CRP levelis a guide but not a diagnostic test. ...Read more
My GI Doc put me on Pentasa (mesalamine) for possible Crohn's, hard to diagnose me at this time. The med is working some, is this an indication I could have it ?
Liver issues?: Azathioprine can lead to liver function abnormalities. Please get your liver blood tests and urinalysis done asap. ...Read more
My GI doctor put me on Pentasa (mesalamine) for possible Crohn's, I have to take 4 250mg CR 4 times a day. I am curious to know why I have to take 16 per day??
4g/day: The recommended day is 4g/day that does mean that you have to take 16 capsules of 250 mg per day. Please note that Pentasa (mesalamine) does come in 500 mg capsules also, that might reduce your total daily dose to 8 caps/day. ...Read more
No: There are no significant interactions that i'm aware of. ...Read more
Have Crohn's. Constant flatulence and bloating. Pentasa (mesalamine) and like medications make condition worse. Is there anything else I can try?
Yes: See your gastroenterologist, give him/her an update on your current symptoms and lack of response to the current therapy. The specialist will then work out an alternative treatment plan. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I accidently took my evening pills in the morning after talking them the night before, resulting in a double dose of adizem, montelukast and pentasa!
Skip 1 day: and then resume taking your medicine as usual. ...Read more