Why is aspirin a no no with Crohns?

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   Posted 3/19/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Why are we not allowed to tak aspirin-does it affect Crohns of the illieum? I wonder because I have a history of miscarriage and one theory is to take a baby aspirin everday to prevent it. Thanks in advance.

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   Posted 3/19/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Aspirin is hard on the stomach and can cause uclers.  It's also a blood thinner, which is not something you want to be taking if you've got any bleeding.

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   Posted 3/19/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, Asprin can cause bleeding and ulcers so it's not good for us Crohnies. You'd need to talk to your GI before taking any since he/she will know your situation.

In January, my feet swelled up on me for 10 days. I couldn't walk on them. My GI was concerned I might have a blood clot somewhere but since I hadn't been sent to the ER yet, he prescribed 3 regular Asprin a day for 3 days. I didn't have any problems with it.
Diagnosed in October, 2003 at age 31.
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, One-A-Day multivitamin
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue

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   Posted 3/19/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Anything containig ASA is basically forbiden for IBDers as it promotes bleeding in the intestines, that includes Advil type products as well.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 3/19/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to take aspirin a lot for headaches I was having (working a stressful job that was nearly everyday). I didn't know I had Crohn's at the time. Suddenly I went in to a major GI bleed, losing half of all the blood in my body. My doctor contributes it GREATLY to my using aspirin. So it's a big no no for me! I only take Tylenol.
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.

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   Posted 3/19/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I also lost half my blood ... last summer. The few days before I bled I had been taking Aleve. This was pre-Vicodin days and Tylenol was not working. I wasn't aware that the effect could be so drastic. I asked my doctor if the Aleve might have contributed (they don't really know why I bled that much). His response was yes. Now I avoid all those pain killers. I use Tylenol when I can and switch to Vicodin when that doesn't cut it.
--39 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05
--1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone
--tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--waiting to start Tysabri
--single mom to 10-year-old girl

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   Posted 3/19/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Just before I was diagnosed with Crohn's, I developed an obstruction in the terminal ileum. The pain was intense, but I just thought I'd somehow pulled an abdominal muscle during a particularly nasty bout of "flu" (major flare). The coach at the high school where I worked told me to take Ibuprofen because it was an anti-inflammatory. I immediately started taking Ibuprofen--which I now know was exactly the wrong thing to do, since, like aspirin, it irritates the digestive tract and causes bleeding. Things went downhill from there, and I wound up getting an emergency CTScan for a suspected burst appendicitis--and having an ileal resection, when it was (finally) discovered that I had CD. Since then, I've avoided aspirin and ibuprofin at all costs, even though Tylenol is far less effective for things like the osteoarthritis in my knee. Way it goes.

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   Posted 3/29/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Strangely enough, NSAIDS (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, etc. etc.) are anti-inflammatories, but can actually cause inflammation in those with Crohn's or colitis. I used to take NSAIDS quite frequently for headaches and arthritis pain, but after being diagnosed with Crohn's I've stopped them completely. I now use Tylenol for aches and pains, and other prescribed meds for my migraines.
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