Crohn's Disease Forum » Treatment » 5-ASA/Mesalamine » Pentasa for Salofalk

11-05-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Pentasa for Salofalk

I've been on Pentasa for over a year and have had success with it. Relatively no problems (except some pain in the past week after getting a flu jab..?) But having moved country again...I'm an expat, so move country every few years, Pentasa tablets don't seem to be available here, at least in the pharmacies I have access too. I've been given the option to take Pentasa in granule form (mix with water?) or Salofalk tablets. Has anyone here had experience with either/both? The pharmacist seemed to think they're 6 and 2 3's.

I have no confidence in my new doctor about this matter, as she doesn't seem capable of having one visit without consulting someone in another country.

Diagnosed with Crohn's in Ileum October 2010.

Currently on:
Pentasa 2g
Imuran 125mg
Multivitamin and Calcium supplements.
11-05-2011, 12:49 PM   #2
Join Date: Oct 2011
Hi Eilsew, I've had an opposite experience of changing Pentasa to Salofalk because Pentasa did not work. And Salofalk worked for me.
Besides different manufacturers and possibly additives they have different coating. Coating is important because it depends on it where the pill starts dissolving.

So if Pentasa works for you I'd stay with same brand (though I do not know if there is a difference in dissolving dynamics of pills vs. granules)
11-05-2011, 05:21 PM   #3
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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
You have a fair point. I hate the Pentasa tablets get the timing wrong and you end up with what I've termed a ''pentasa bomb" in your mouth...when it just falls apart before you swallow.
11-19-2011, 05:40 AM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
I must admit pentasa was hard to swallow at first. I quite often ended up with one lodged in my throat :-)
12-24-2011, 03:25 PM   #5
Join Date: Dec 2011
If Pentasa is keeping you in remission I would stick with it rather than switch.

The granules come in Pentasa 2 g sachets and you can take the whole lot once daily.
07-06-2014, 11:21 AM   #6
Jaron Smith
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Join Date: Jul 2014
I'm also in Eastern Europe and was prescribed Budenofalk and Salofalk. Budenofalk is way overpriced and comes in packs of 100. The same as Salofalk but their is a huge difference in mg's.

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