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Dr. Katharine Cox
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What are mesalamine suppositories used for?

Proctitis: Which is an inflammation of the rectum seen in Ulcerative proctitis or crohn's proctitis or non specific proctitis/radiation proctitis. Sometimes they are used off label for internal hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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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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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 mesalamine cause stools to be black in color?

Does mesalamine cause stools to be black in color?

No: Mesalamine should not turn stool black. Black stool can be a sign of internal bleeding or a side-effect of consuming iron supplements or bismuth. ...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 this medicine Mesalamine normally used to treat ulcarative colitis be helpful for diabetes. Read on net soemwhere. Thanks?

Can this medicine Mesalamine normally used to treat ulcarative colitis be helpful for diabetes. Read on net soemwhere. Thanks?

Don't recommend: To get best control of DM you must watch your diet and take pills or insulin prescribed by your doctor... So far thise give best results ...Read more

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Are dura decabolin cycles more risky while taking mesalamine for crohns?

Are dura decabolin cycles more risky while taking mesalamine for crohns?

Weight risks: Any steroids either parenteral or oral has
its risks/side effects especially in the long run. Affects a lot of organ systems. So your md who is taking care of you will brief you more of it. And remember, your condition is an auto-immune condition. What steroids and other meds being used or available is just a palliative measure - quiet down or blocks the inflammatory reaction of these condition. ...Read more

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Is sulfasalazine an unhealthy drug?

Is sulfasalazine an unhealthy drug?

No. Relatively safe!: Sfz is one drug I use the most in patients with many diseases. Aside from an occasional "sulfa rxn", the most common side effect is stomach "queazyness". All individuals taking this drug need to be monitored with blood work at defined intervals (2-3 mo) and they should receive Folic Acid supplements. ...Read more

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Will sulfasalazine make me lose any weight?

Will sulfasalazine make me lose any weight?

No.: Only if you had been on steroids and are now off of them.

But sfz does not cause weight loss, unless the occasional GI quiziness that some patients get is making you eat less. ...Read more

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Can children take Azulfidine (sulfasalazine)?

Can children take Azulfidine (sulfasalazine)?

Yes!: Quite safely. It is available in a pediatric suspension as well as tablets! ...Read more

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How long does sulfasalazine stay in your system?

How long does sulfasalazine stay in your system?

It depends: Sulfasalazine has a half life of 7.6 hr on avg. It's a short acting medication which is why it requires every 6-12 hour dosing. A drug is cleared from system entirely after 10 half lives so the drug should theoretically be cleared in 76 hrs or a little over 3 days. The metabolite of sulfasalazine, sulfapyridine has a half life of 10.4-14.8 h so it's cleared in 148 hrs from system ...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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Does anyone have problems with this drug, sulfasalazine?

Yes, sometimes: Up until the 80's we only had sulasalazine for uc. The main problems were headace and some rqshes usually due to the sulfapyridine moiety. Pure Mesalamine drugs such as asacol, (mesalamine) lialda, Balsalazide and others do not contain the sulapyridine part and therefore don't have as many problems with the drug. However sulfasalazine is still cheap and useful and should not be ignored. ...Read more

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How much time am I suppost to hold in a mesalamine enema?

How much time am I suppost to hold in a mesalamine enema?

Ideally you should: Be able to hold it in through the night time sleep cycle. This may take several days before you can accomplish this. The longer you hold the more effective the treatment. Let your prescribing doctopr know if after a week you are still not able to go thru the night holding the enema ...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

Dr. Thomas Namey
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