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Mesalazine (salfofalk) anybody?

Hello you lovely folks...
To cut a long story short I was diagnosed with crohns December last year, only now they are getting around to medicating me.
They have told me I will be taking Mesalazine (salfofalk). Has anybody had any bad experiences with this at an? Or even good experiences?... I've read a common side effect is fatigue and muscle aches which happens to be the main problem with my crohns currently anyway, I'm hoping it won't make it any worse. Thanks for any information as always guys.

  1. Mesalazine (Asacol) was what I was put on as my very first drug when I was diagnosed back in 2011. My personal experience wasn't great. I couldn't even keep the pill down and my body just didn't like it to be honest. I was then quickly switched to Remicade.

    But don't be discouraged. Everyone reacts to drugs differently and I have heard from many in this community that have been on this treatment for years and years and it offers them relief. Definitely give it a shot and if you don't notice a change after a couple of weeks just ask your doctor for another option for treatment.

    Elizabeth (team member)

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience Elizabeth! Sorry you had a rough time with it... Hopefully I'm one of the lucky ones!. I guess only Time will tell, I'll keep my fingers crossed haha.

      1. Yes definitely. Give it a try and just be mindful of how you are feeling. I wish you the best of luck! -Elizabeth (team member)

    2. Thank you Elizabeth!

      1. You are so welcome! -Elizabeth (team member)

    3. Hi, I was on prednisone and Salofalk when I was first diagnosed after trying other combinations. Salofalk worked for me for years before my body became immune to it and needed to stop. I was on prednisone for more than 20 years before trying Remicade (biologic). I didn't find any side effects for myself, but I was always fatigued and ached.
      While Salofalk worked well in combination with prednisone, I personally found biologics work better. If it doesn't work for you maybe ask your doctor about the different biologics available, or even biosimilars (cheaper).
      I hope your trial of Salofalk works for you!
      Vern - IBD Team Member

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