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Dr. Robert Richards
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Mesalamine 5 Asa (Definition)

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What are pentasa (mesalamine) and imuan used for?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...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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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. ...Read more

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Will pepto interfere with asacol (mesalamine)?

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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Does asacol (mesalamine) become toxic past its expiration date?

Uncertain: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for 5 days versus 5 years. Your pharmacist should be able to provide more information. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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.Does not help Asthma ...Read more

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What is the treatment for asacol (mesalamine) overdose?

What is the treatment for asacol (mesalamine) overdose?

Nothing: Should be no need to treat however there is a theoretical chance of kidney damage that would need to be supportively managed. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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When do doctors start using asacol (mesalamine) for a patient?

Ulcerative colitis: Asacol (mesalamine) is one of many medications available to treat ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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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! ...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 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. ...Read more

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Can I take asacol (mesalamine) if I'm allergic to morphine? Thanks in advance.

Yes.: If prescribed by your doctor, if you are not allergic to Aspirin or sulfas, it is ok to take asacol (mesalamine). No relation to morphine allergy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asacol (mesalamine) and lialda. Do some people have different side effects to one vs the other/?

See below: Both meselamine (5-amino-salicylic acid).Lialda is long-acting and is taken 2Xdaily. Asacol (mesalamine) is not long acting and is taken 3 Xs daily. Asacol (mesalamine) is no longer available in the U.S.but can be obtained in the rest of the world and it is MUCH cheaper than Lialda. You can fax your prescription to a Canadian pharmacy for asacol (different trade name but same thing) if u have to pay Lialda out of pocket. Best ...Read more

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I'm passing asacol (mesalamine) out whole. Does colazal release differently than asacol (mesalamine) or is it also pH dependent? And does it work the same?

I'm passing asacol (mesalamine) out whole. Does colazal release differently than asacol (mesalamine) or is it also pH dependent? And does it work the same?

Different release: While Asacol (mesalamine) release is ph dependent, Colazal does not become active until the drug reaches the colon where bacteria there splits the drug up into an active state. In fact, the capsule is just a formality as the Colazal powder can be swallowed whole - as it is available overseas. Having said that, many of my patients also see intact Asacol (mesalamine) tabs in their stools. ...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?

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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Doctors, do you think I can die from an asacol (mesalamine) and darvocet overdose?

Doctors, do you think I can die from an asacol (mesalamine) and darvocet overdose?

Asacol (mesalamine) darvocet: Asacol (mesalamine) unlikely as it is mainly anti-inflammatory - but with an overdose you may have some severe side effects. DArvocet certainly yes. The metabolite is cardiotoxic and with an overdose you can potentially die. ...Read more

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So now I am taking Prilosec and asacol (mesalamine) hd. Is what are the possible side effects?

See below: Taking Asacol (mesalamine) hd & Prilosec at the same time may reduce the effectiveness of the asacol (mesalamine). Allow at least 2-3 hours between them. If the Asacol (mesalamine) irritates your stomach, take the Prilosec first, followed by the Asacol (mesalamine) a few hours later. Other antacids, acid blockers like zantac/pepcid will interact with Asacol (mesalamine) in the same way as prilosec; so space the meds apart when you take them. ...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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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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Is asacol (mesalamine) used in supressing a flare-up for ulcerative colitis?

Asacol (mesalamine): Asacol (mesalamine) is a good benign drug for ulcerative colitis of the large bowel. I would use sulfasalazine for small intestinal disease, or regional enteritis. ...Read more

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