CHRIS J.J. MULDER; GUIDO N.J. TYTGAT; WILLEM DEKKER; IDO J. TERPSTRA
To the editor: 5-Aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is the effective moiety of sulfasalazine. The sulfapyridine moiety is usually considered to be the cause of intolerance in most of the patients who have side-effects from sulfasalazine therapy (1). Slow-release 5-ASA products have been developed, therefore, to bypass these problems. Pentasa (Gist-Brocades, the Netherlands) consists of 5-ASA microencapsulated in ethyl cellulose. Release of 5-ASA increases as the product travels down the intestine into a median with rising pH (2). We studied whether patients intolerant to sulfasalazine could tolerate Pentasa.
Seventy-one patients, aged 18 to 75 years, were entered into the study. The reasons
MULDER CJ, TYTGAT GN, DEKKER W, TERPSTRA IJ. Pentasa in Lieu of Sulfasalazine. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:911–912. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-6-911_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(6):911-912.
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