Effective prescribed pain relievers for CD

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   Posted 12/30/2007 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey folks just had a question on what others are taking for pain associated with CD when flare ups occur?  I usually have percosets on hand to deal with the seamingly unbearable pain when I'm at the end of my Remicaid cycle (usually when my flare ups occur).  The percosets work but I'm worried that i'm taking them too frequently.  I usually go through about 60 pills in 3 months time.  Is that too much?  Any one have bad side effects from percosets or like medication?  Any suggestions on alternatives?
32 yr old male
Diagnosed with Crohns in 1994 (lower bowel/ileum)
Medication history:  prednisone, azacol, sulfasalazine, cipro
Current Medications: entocourt (periodically-as needed), Remicaid, flagyl
Surgeries: 2002 (remove fistula), 2004 (6" of ileum removed)

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   Posted 12/30/2007 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
No, sounds about right to me.
Usually, I end up on the Anti-cholinergic drugs ( Bentyl, Levsin) when I am in flare. Recently, I've found Ultram (tramadol) helpful for both CD & CD arthritic pain.

I only use ( heck, can only get!) Oxycodone drugs ( Tylox, Percocet, Percodan) when having a stone attack. And believe me 90 wouldn't last 5 weeks with me in THAT situation!


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   Posted 12/31/2007 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I also use percocet when it comes to crohn's pain, and they seem to work relatively well...they take the edge off the pain, and I am able to function through my day a bit better. 60 for 3 months is not too many at all. That is less than 1 a day for a month, and if you ask me that isn't too much. However if you are needing to take them everyday for 3 months you probably need to talk to your doc about the persistent pain, and try to find the root of the problem rather than cover up the pain with meds. Vicious cycle I know. Before my resection surgery this month my doc prescriped my 90 percocets just to get me through the month. I too feel like I am using a lot of narcotics, but then again if you are in pain, then you are in pain and unfortunately pain meds are what helps during those times. Best of Luck to you!
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Off all meds for 1 month until I heal. Still on 10mg Prednisone, and 20mg Oxycodone every 3 hours, and Oxycontin 5mg every 12 hours. Also on a bunch of other meds for crohn's and my other glorious diseases.
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen and gallbladder out at age 6, Tonsils and Adenoids out at age 21. Ileocecal (small bowel) resection on December 13th. Appendectomy during small bowel resection

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   Posted 12/31/2007 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just going to ask everyone the same thing! I have been trying to manage my flare first with ultram, then moved up to darvocet and am now trying vicoden. It just takes the edge off and leaves me sufficiently miserable and unable to sleep. Would love percocet but dont think my gi would ever give it to me. Am struggling right now as to whether or not to go back on the prednisone merry-go-round. really really dont want to but the constant pain, night sweats and diarrhea are killing me.. plus it makes me too sad when my 3 yr old keeps asking me if my tummy still hurts and why? wish i could answer that myself! i dont know if popping vicoden and darvocet are a better alternative than the pred joy. how do you know when to start it again? i had a brief period of 4-5 days when things really improved and now have backslid dramatically. its not so much the diarrhea as the pain. do the pain meds mess with your stool and the pain involved with passing as well? i keep telling myself that it is the holidays and all the rich food and have been doing rice and bread for a few days now. any advice? my last csope was a year ago after being on pred 45 mg for 3 mos and showed mild inflammation spread throughout the colon.. i have decided that i will insist that all future csopes be done when i am so sick and not a couple of mos after being on meds and when things are feeling better- would love to know right now what is going on inside that causes all this pain. any advice anyone? my gi is very very conservative and only now believes i have crohns and not just ibs.

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 12/31/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I take 5mg Hydrocodone when the pain gets to be to much for me, just takes the edge off. I see a pain specialist, he gives me an Rx for 5mg 3x per day, which seems to work well for me. I don't take anything else for the pain as this seems to work well. No side effects that I have noticed.
Marci, 38 years old, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006, currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor, plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia

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   Posted 12/31/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there,

60 Tabs in 3 months is not excessive.  I think you are alrright and you certainly have a documented need for the pain meds. I wish you all many pain free days. :-)

Take care,

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