Warning – Your Medications!
|Did You Know This About Your Medications?|
That’s right… your Doctor may have prescribed you any
number of the following medications – for your UC, Crohn’s, IBD:
Are you on any of these?
5ASA – Mesalamine Oral Meds:
Pentasa, Asacol, Salofalk, Lialda, Apriso, Azulfidine
+ many generics available outside the US
➢ Olsalazine (Dipentum®) – diazo bond of two 5-ASAs, colonic release
➢ Pentasa® – ethylcellulose/5-ASA beads, small bowel and colonic release
➢ Asacol® – Eudragit-S coating that releases at pH7, ileocolonic release
➢ Colazal® – diazo bond to inert polymer, colonic release
➢ Lialda® – Eudragit-S coating of metallomatrix 5-ASA, ileocolonic release
➢ Apriso® – Eudragit-L (pH6) coating of 5-ASA-polymer coated beads, small bowel and colonic release
➢ Asacol-HD® – Eudragit-S and Eudragit-L coating, ileocolonic release
5ASAs or Mesalamines have
potentially dangerous side
effects, both short term and
More importantly, some people
are allergic or intolerant of them,
and it can actually made your
symptoms of IBD, UC, or Crohn’s
If you’re intolerant, you could be
experiencing terrible headaches,
terrible stomach pains, and liquid
diarrhea all the time??
Could you imagine?
That’s what happened to me.
I was in pain and on the toilet
all the time, but my Gastro decided
to switch me to another 5ASA, and
that didn’t help the problems,
as I was still suffering so much…
and he NEVER told me it could
be an allergic or intolerant reaction
to the actual medication. After
3 months, I couldn’t take it anymore
and I decided to stop all the medication
Don’t Stop Your Medication.
If you think you may have an
intolerance issue, please
don’t wait, speak to your doctor or
pharmacist right away.
And guess what, all those
symptoms – terrible headache,
stomach pains, constant liquid
and bloody diarrhea – went away!
Yes, I still had UC, BUT I found
a better way to treat it, and as result,
have been in remission since. If you’re
interested, please contact me.
Since starting my website, I have
heard from many who have
gone through the same
unfortunate experience of thinking
their UC or Crohn’s had gotten
much worse, when in fact it was
an intolerance to the 5ASA’s.
Common allergic reactions:
- increased abdominal pain,
- terrible watery diarrhea,
- cardiac like symptoms,
- and even bleeding.
Here’s the Problem, which your
doctor probably failed to inform
YOU can take the 5ASAs or
mesalamines for a while and
then develop an intolerance
to them (symptoms noted above)
and mistakenly think their IBD has
taken a turn for the worst
and they’ve started a flare,
when it was just an intolerance
to the mesalamines.
Some common side effects can be:
- hair loss,
- decreased libido,
- joint pains
- liver damage
- kidney damage
- kidney failure ( can occur, but is not common)
- liver failure (can occur, but is not common)
From RX.com, on Pentasa:
“…Infrequently, mesalamine can worsen ulcerative colitis.
Tell your doctor right away if your symptoms worsen
after starting this medication (such as increased abdominal pain/cramping, bloody diarrhea, fever).
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious
side effects, including: change in the amount of urine,
dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin,
chest pain, shortness of breath.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
However, get medical help right away if you notice
any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,
including: rash, itching/swelling (especially
of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness,
This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact
your doctor or pharmacist…”
From Rx.com, on Lialda:
These precautions and warnings are not
limited to the oral mesalamines or 5ASA’s,
they also include 5ASA enemas,
please see the following, from Drugs.com:
“Possible side effects of mesalamine enema:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Flu-like symptoms; gas; hemorrhoids; mild headache; mild stomach discomfort or pain; nausea; rectal pain.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); back, leg, or joint pain; blood in the urine; bloody or coffee ground-like vomit; change in the amount of urine; chest pain; dark, bloody, or tarry stools; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; hair loss; severe or persistent headache; shortness of breath; sudden or severe stomach pain or cramping; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine; pale stools; severe or persistent nausea, loss of appetite, or stomach pain; unusual tiredness; yellowing of the skin or eyes); unusual bruising or bleeding.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.”
So What to do?
Is there an effective alternative to the 5ASA’s or Mesalamines?
Yes, You can read about it by clicking here