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   Posted 12/28/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if anyone here knows if Asacol can cause weight gain or any other side effects similar to prednisone?
Thanks a bunch!

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   Posted 12/28/2007 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Asacol for over 2 years and it has not caused me any side effects at all. I take 6 400mg caplets a day. I can tell you that I can't take more than that, it upsets my gut a little if I do. But I experience no side effects and definetly nothing like the evil Pred.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 12/28/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Awesome! Thanks Nanners!

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   Posted 12/28/2007 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I take 4 pills of Asacol, 3 times a day (12 a day) and haven't had side effects from it.  I definitely notice if I don't take them.  I've been on Asacol for about 2 years.

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   Posted 12/29/2007 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
The prescribing information on Asacol does list increased appetite as a side effect of Asacol. I did not see "weight gain" listed as a side effect from any of their studies. That does not mean that it has not been reported since then. If the Asacol is reducing your symptoms, it is possible that your appetite has increased and you are tolerating and/or absorbing nutrients more thereby leading to weight gain.

However, being a person that has had very rare side effects to medications, what you are experiencing might just be the medication. One never knows exactly because this disease can really change how we absorb and handle oral medications.
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   Posted 12/29/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am also on Asacol and have no-side effects.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
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