Ibuprofen and Crohn's

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Pommom
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   Posted 4/10/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Help. I cant think straight today. What is the thing about taking ibuprofen when you have crohn's? The doctor put me on 800 mg, 3 times a day for 3 days. I have some lower back pain. He did xrays and saw no arthritis. Thanks in advance for answering. Julie
 
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001...MEDS--Lomotil,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Remicade,Levsin SL,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam ,Ultram.and many more. 26 meds..

elroque
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   Posted 4/10/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Right before I was diagnosed I was put on 800mg of Ibuprofen and then 500mg of Naproxen. I had to be taken off both becuase they tore up my stomach something fierce. Now to help with the pain associated with arthritis I am on 400mg of Celebrex and I have not had any stomach issues. Again, this is just my personal experience but I can no longer tolerate Ibuprofen or Naproxen. Does you Dr. know about your Crohn's and does he/she seem ok with prescribing you the Ibuprofen?
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Lynn
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   Posted 4/10/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe I was told it had to do with bleeding issues, I just remember my GI telling me NO nsaids Tylenol only for pain.
Dx'd with crohn's 1983, resections 83,85 and 89 Double Strictureplasty 2005, Dx'd COPD 2000, Psoriasis 2002 and Fibromyalgia 2005.
Currently takeing Humira, Pentasa, Lomotil, Elavil, Sinemet, Skelaxin, Advair, Abuterol, Oxycodone and Xanax as needed


Pommom
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   Posted 4/10/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, he does know about the crohn's. he prescribed ibuprofen, hesitantly. and only for 3 days. Was it  very bad stomach pain you had, or was there an increase in diarrhea? Thanks, Julie
 
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001...MEDS--Lomotil,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Remicade,Levsin SL,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam ,Ultram.and many more. 26 meds..

gumby44
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   Posted 4/10/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Ibuprofen has a risk of bleeding, but maybe it's ok for only 3 days
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics


pb4
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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   

The effects of ibuprofen go further then one might realize...read this link...It can promote intestinal bleeding.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10099814

 

 

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sr5599
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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't take that dose of Ibu for 3 days... I bleed regularly, but if I take 1 200 mg ibuprofen I consistenly see an increase in bleeding. I will still (against my better judgment) take one here and there, but never more than one and only when I have a headache that is bad enough that I know Tylenol won't help.

I would guess it really depends on the severity of your Crohn's. Is this your GI that advised the Ibuprofen? Or some other doc?
--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!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl


Pommom
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   Posted 4/11/2008 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
It was prescribed from the family doctor. I dont like the idea of taking it. I think I will try to tough it out without taking the ibuprofen.
 
Diagnosed  Crohn's, 1998..Gangrene Small Bowel,1998..Ostomy Take Down,1999..TPN for 5 1/2 months..Adhesion Removal,1999..Abdominal Hernia Repair,2000..Kidney Artery Bypass,2001...MEDS--Lomotil,Purinethol,Folic Acid, Fish Oil,Remicade,Levsin SL,Anamantle Cream,Cortifoam ,Ultram.and many more. 29 meds..

Kittikatt
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   Posted 4/11/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Ibuprofen/Aleve/Asprin all are NSAID's which can cause stomach/intestinal bleeding which is why Crohn's patients should take them...at least not often. My feet swelled up so bad back in January that my GI put me on 6 regular asprin a day for 3 days. I didn't have any stomach/intestinal problems from taking it, although I was anxious about it. I guess it's different for everyone and why your GI should know whether or not you'd be OK with taking an NSAID for a short period of time. Some Crohnies have more bleeding than others so that might make a difference, too.
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kimberlayn
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   Posted 4/11/2008 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
My family doc told me (long before I was diagnosed with Crohn's) that there is never a reason to take 800mg of ibuprofen. He said it wouldn't be any better than 600mg and it would cause more stomach problems.
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 33f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07. Tapered off entocort 1/08 and feeling the effects with fatigue, pain, D.


EruditePaul
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   Posted 4/30/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having the same problem: lower back pain.  I am thinking of using topical external Ibuprofen cream instead of taking oral Ibuprofen tablets.  I wonder whether the Ibuprofen Cream will cause bleeding as Ibuprofen pills do.   

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

In 1994 I was treated with Pentasa of no avail.  Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.


Bluize
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   Posted 4/30/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I would call your GI.  I wouldn't take them.  If you have to, make sure you take them with food. 
 
I had some issues a while back and doc put me on Celebrex.  It helped a great deal.
 
I hope you feel better.
Susan
 
28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  No meds currently..but there will be some I'm sure. Taking acidophilus.


crohn's pt mom
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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter takes Advil without any ill effects.  Bleeding has not been her problem and she only takes with full meals.  Usually its 600-800 mg at a time.

babyblue!x
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   Posted 5/3/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
before i was diagnosed with crohn's disease i was taking ibuprofen for the pain, but when the pains got worse i read the leaflet and it said that it can make bowel conditions like crohn's worse, or irritate your bowel, if you are getting bad pains and paracetamol doesnt work i would recommend codeine it works really well for me. :-)
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