Pentasa and its effect on folates.
I thought I would share something that I only found out about when my wife was trying for a baby. Pentasa is a folate antagonist. This means that it strips folate out of your body and you need to supplement it through diet (usually green leafy vegetables) and pills.
Basically, an average person needs 400 micro-grammes of folate a day whilst someone trying for a baby who is on Pentasa needs up to 2milligrammes i.e. 5 times more!
This will also apply to people who are not trying for a baby. They will need to increase their intake of folates. They should consult their health professional to get a recommended dose.
Folate is used by the body to synthesise amino-acids and DNA (the building blocks of the body). A deficiency can cause megaloblastic anaemia. The body uses folate to heal itself, therefore, it needs to be replaced if it is being "stripped out". An appropriate level in your body will likely contribute positiviely to your management of your condition.
Anyway, that's enough for now. I hope you find this information useful.