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Pentasa Sachets

Pentasa sachets are a medicine that treats mild to moderate Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Pentasa sachets are a prescription medicine containing mesalazine (also known as 5-aminosalicylic acid or 5-ASA), that work by coming into direct contact with the inflamed tissue in the small and large bowels, and calming down the inflammation.

Pentasa sachets contain small granules (about 1mm in diameter) that contain mesalazine.

When the granules are swallowed they travel from the stomach through both the small bowel and large bowel to the rectum, releasing mesalazine continuously as they go (called prolonged release)19, and calming down the inflammation, right where it’s needed.

The granules can be relied on to deliver mesalazine to the inflamed parts of the small and large bowel because the release of mesalazine from the granules is not affected by intestinal acidity1,17 and is minimally affected by diarrhoea16.

For people who have narrowing in the bowels (stricture) the granules are so small they can travel through without getting stuck. 


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How to use Pentasa Sachets

How to use the sachets

Simply tear or cut along the dotted line to open the sachet. Empty the granules in the sachet onto the tongue and wash down with water or juice. Swallow the granules whole without chewing or crushing.


 

FAQ about pentasa sachets

WHAT EFFECT DO PENTASA SACHETS HAVE ON FERTILITY?

Pentasa sachets have no known effect on male or female fertility.

CAN I TAKE PENTASA SACHETS IF I AM PREGNANT?

Immediately tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant while taking Pentasa. In general treatment continues as if one is not pregnant, but your doctor will need to discuss your specific requirements with you.

CAN I USE PENTASA SACHETS IF I AM BREASTFEEDING?

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, or are about to breastfeed an infant. In general mesalazine based medicines are not incompatible with breastfeeding but your doctor will need to discuss your specific situation with you. Report any unwanted effects immediately to your doctor.

I FEEL WELL. HOW LONG DO I CONTINUE TAKING PENTASA SACHETS?

Your doctor may advise you to continue taking your treatment even if you feel well to avoid relapse of your condition. Discuss this and appropriate doses with your doctor.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I MISS A DOSE OF PENTASA SACHETS?

Take it as soon as you remember or if it is almost time for your next dose, do not take the missed dose but go back to your normal schedule. If unsure, contact your doctor.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE WHILE ON PENTASA SACHETS?

If your symptoms, including diarrhoea, do not improve within two weeks, contact your doctor. If they become worse, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to salicylates i.e. aspirin preparations.

CAN ELDERLY PEOPLE USE PENTASA SACHETS?

Yes, elderly can use Pentasa using similar doses to adult doses for the treatment of active disease or maintenance therapy.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF USING PENTASA SACHETS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME?

Long term use of Pentasa is indicated for both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. You should discuss a long term strategy, including diet, with your doctor.

WILL I GET SIDE EFFECTS?

Even at doses of up to 4g/day Pentasa is well tolerated2-8. However unwanted effects can occur with any medicine. A list of possible side effects and what to do should you experience any of them is contained in the Pentasa sachets Consumer Medicines Information available online at www.medsafe.govt.nz

HOW SHOULD PENTASA SACHETS BE CORRECTLY STORED?

Keep in the unopened sachet until ready to take. Keep out of the reach of children.

Store below 25°C. Keep in original container, protected from light.

 
 
 
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PENTASA IS A PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE

Pentasa Tablets 500mg, Pentasa Enema 1g/100 ml, Pentasa Suppository 1g, Pentasa Granules (Sachets) 1g.

The information provided in this website is not intended to replace advice given by your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. If you have any concerns about your health and or treatments please consult a doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. Consult your doctor to see if this medicine is right for you.

Important Consumer Information

Do not use Pentasa if you have an allergy to any medicine containing mesalazine or aspirin-like medicines, or to any of Pentasa's ingredients. Do not use Pentasa if you have a severe kidney or liver problem. Pentasa should be used with caution during pregnancy and lactation.Side effects:All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not. Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.The following list includes common side effects which are usually mild and short lived: headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, rash. For enemas and suppositories also any pain or itching of the anus or rectum, rectal discomfort and urge to have a bowel movement. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of these side effects and they worry you. The following list includes serious side effects which may need medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following: bruising easily, unusual bleeding (e.g. nosebleeds), or frequent signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat and mouth ulcers; muscle aches and pains; painful joints; severe upper stomach pain; chest pain, sometimes spreading to the neck and shoulders, or with fever; yellowing of the skin/eyes. The following list includes very serious side effects that may need urgent medical attention. These side effects are very rare. If you notice any of the following, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital: Sudden signs of allergic reactions such as rash, shortness of breath, swelling of limbs, face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. Severe stomach cramps and/or pain, bloody diarrhoea, fever and severe headache. Rash with severe blisters and bleeding of the eyes, mouth, lips, nose and genitals. Consumer Medicine Information available online at www.medsafe.govt.nz . Use only as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health professional.

Pentasa Tablets 500mg, Suppositories 1g, Enemas 1g/100 ml,and Granules (Sachets) 1g are funded prescription medicines. Doctor's charges will apply.

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