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Dr. Charles Cattano
1,277 doctors shared insights

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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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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Can ulcerative colitis, lialda (mesalamine), and omeprazole cause erectile dysfunction?

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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Treatment for mezalazine-resistant ulcerative colitis?

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

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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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 taken imuran (azathioprine) a common treatment for Crohn's disease?

Is taken imuran (azathioprine) a common treatment for Crohn's disease?

Yes: Azathioprine is generally effective at treating crohn's, keeping people off steroids, and preventing flares. It requires monitoring. It's generally considered first line treatment. ...Read more

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Is remicade (infliximab) the most effective drug for arthritis or chrohns?

Is remicade (infliximab) the most effective drug for arthritis or chrohns?

Maybe: Infliximab (remicade), and the anti-tnf medications including Adalimumab (humira), and certilizumab (cimzia) are all generally a very effective class of medications for crohn's disease. But they are situation dependent. They are less effective if given intermittently or started and stopped again. ...Read more

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Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) 200 ? Uguale a humira?

Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) 200 ? Uguale a humira?

Similar medications: Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) and Humira both work by blocking tnf alpha. They are similar medications but not the same. They should not be used together. They both increase the risk of infection. They both increase the risk from tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Early Ra. AntiCCP + 17. Other blood negative. Doc1: MTX 7.5mg, Plaquenil 400mg, Celebrex (celecoxib). Doc2: Plaquenil 200mg, Pred 5mg, Celebrex (celecoxib) . Confused. ?

Early Ra. AntiCCP + 17. Other blood negative. 

Doc1: MTX 7.5mg, Plaquenil 400mg, Celebrex (celecoxib). 

Doc2: Plaquenil 200mg, Pred 5mg, Celebrex (celecoxib) . 

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Reasonable: You have the opportunity to do very well. Early RA responds better to any of the treatments compared to late RA (disease > 2 years). If you still have pain, stiffness, fatigue on this regimen, talk to your Rheumatologist about adding a biologic medication such as Enbrel, Humira or Remicade (infliximab). There are several others, but I usually start with one of these. Would help get rid of the prednisone. ...Read more

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Can the medications typically taken for ulcerative colitis (remicade, 6mp) effect male infertility?

Can the medications typically taken for ulcerative colitis (remicade, 6mp) effect male infertility?

Perhaps: Infliximab may decrease sperm motility and the number of normal oval forms. Whether these changes translate into impaired fertility is unknown. 6mp has been rarely associated with birth defects even when the father takes the medication. The benefits, however, often outweigh the risks and you need to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Yes they can be: The evidence is stronger for beta interferons (avonex, Rebif and betaseron) than it is for immuran. Interferons are fda approved and immuran is not (for ms) they all have a modest but definite effect in reducing the number of attacks in remitting relapsing forms the effect varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Yes: Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressant drug used to treat a variety if conditions. In rheumatology it is most commonly used to treat certain types of lupus. Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) has been used successfully to treat dermatomyositis. It can help lower and or eliminate the steroid dose. ...Read more

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How effective is imuran (azathioprine) for Crohn's disease?

Sometimes: Imuran (azathioprine) seems to be effective in a small subset of patients with Crohn's (likely fewer than 40%). At the moment it's difficult to predict who will respond in the long term. But as it can be safely used with monitoring, it's often worth trying. ...Read more

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