Prilosec and Celebrex

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crohnie
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   Posted 5/10/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone, Does anyone here take prilosec or celebrex. After taking the prilosec for some time now I am starting to hear about how it messes with your calcium, after several years on and off of prednisone my bones are not so good anyway.  I take celebrex for crohns arthritis but after reading about it almost sounds like it is pretty much like taking a bunch of Advil, which most of us know is bad on the guts. I'm kind of confused on why my GI would have me taking this stuff. Thanks for any info

Crohn'snme
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   Posted 5/10/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I see no posts to this. I take Nexium which helps me a bunch. Have you looked at the manufacturers website? Hope someone responds.

ZenaWP
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   Posted 5/12/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I've taken Prilosec in the past, but have to switch meds about once a year, as it seems my body becomes used to one and it stops working.  So, I usually rotate between Prilosec and Protonix.  Currently on Protonix, but now it's not working as well, so I'll talk to the GI on Tuesday about switching back to Prilosec.  I've had to do this for a few years.  I've never heard anything about it messing with your calcium, but I take calcium supplements anyways, since I'm on Depo Provera (birth control shot) and that decreases bone mass.  My endocrinologist also suggested that I take Vitamin D supplements, just because of all the meds I take. 
 
I was taking Celebrex for arthritis, but really didn't notice it doing anything and asked to try something else.  I didn't notice it bothering my stomach when I took it.  I currently have 3 ulcers, which were probably caused by the salsalate or ultracet I've been taking for arthritis pain.  Do you have arthritis with your Crohn's?  Not sure why else the GI would prescribe Celebrex, unless he thinks it will help with inflammation overall.  My GI's have always had me on something like Prilosec, as I've always had stomach spasms also, so I understand that one.    
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Nanners
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   Posted 5/12/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Prilosec for a few years. Never heard of any of the warnings you mentioned. But I too take a daily Calcium supplement with Vit D.
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.


crohnie
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   Posted 5/12/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to all that posted, very helpful. Yes I do take the celebrex for arthritis, MD just doesnt know if it is crohns arthritis or due to the remicade allergy. I dont know which it is but it is very painful, I never had crohns arthritis before my 1st surgery which was 2 years ago and i stopped Remicade about a year ago due to an allergic reation and the GI seems to think that may have also caused the arthritis but nothing seems to help with the pain and I can only take so much Advil. I am kind of questioning the Celebrex because I dont think ithas helped all that much but I dont know what oher options are out there.

elroque
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   Posted 5/12/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Crohnie!

I have been on a regular does of Celebrex since about August 07 for arthritis due to the Crohns. I have never had any stomach issues with it and have stayed on it (prescribed by my GI). For a while I did not really think it was doing much but once I stopped taking it for a few days or tapered to a pill a day I noticed the difference within a week-my joint got real stiff and they swelled like something fierce. I immediately went back on the twice daily prescribed amount and have no intention of going back to nothing again. I've never been on Prilosec but I did get Prevacid due to having crazy nausea. Let me know how it goes and best of luck!


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ZenaWP
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   Posted 5/13/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
crohnie, Salsalate is one other option that helped me a little more than the Celebrex did, but still not enough.  Now we are going to try Sulfasalazine, which is one that my GI personally takes (he has Crohn's).  Those are two options to ask about if Celebrex isn't helping. I'm sure there are many others, but those are two I am familiar with.
...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope.   Romans 5:3-4


karendee
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   Posted 5/13/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   

I just started Prilosec for a Hital hernia and did not know it could cause calcium loss. I will ask my Dr next time I see him...

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...


ZenaWP
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   Posted 5/20/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
crohnie, I just wanted to tell you that I did read in Men's Health last week that Prilosec and Nexium can cause calcium issues because they interfere with the way your body absorbs calcium.  I'd never heard that before and I've been on acid reflux meds for many years, so I'm not sure how much it interferes.  The article didn't specify how much it interferes either.  If you're worried about it, talk to your doctor and see if you should be taking calcium supplements.   

...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope.   Romans 5:3-4


Illy
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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Glad you posted this, doctors pass out proton inhibitors for almost any stomach complaint.

I found this article, turns out an acidic stomach environment is better for absorbing calcium.

http://www.emersonecologics.com/Newswire.asp?id=923


epeters
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   Posted 6/5/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I took prilosec for about a year and my acid reflux disappeared. It was great. My husband had the same results. Maybe you won't have to take it too long. I did take Celebrex for my arthritis in my hip, and I didn't like it. It made me feel weird and sometimes made me sick. I would research that one online, if you dig far enough into any website, you can find side affects even your doc doesn't know about. I did that for Imitrex once and found a ton of side affects that my doctor hadn't even heard of. (And OF COURSE, I ended up having ALL of them! Not the right medication for me!) Just make sure you do your homework.

Good luck!
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