Too many pills?

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LMills
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   Posted 9/5/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just wondering if anyone has much information about how much is too much in taking supplements and pills?

My current regimen currently looks like:

8:00
pentasa x2
alinia x1
bee propolis x2
omeprazole x1

12:00
pentasa x2
tandem plus x1
caltrate chewable

5:00
pentasa x2
prednisone x2(as of tomorrow!)
alinia x1
bee propolis x2
caltrate chewable

9:00
pentasa x2
acidophilus x1
loestrin x1


However, I would like to try these in addition:

l-glutamine
boswellia
slippery elm
garlic capsules
intestinew


My main worry is about possible drug interactions and also taking too many pills. I don't want to kill my liver and kidneys. I have trouble consuming enough water as it is for instance.

Also, I'm interested in drinking pedialyte but am worried about retaining TOO much liquid. I'm just remembering the effects of steroids and electrolytes both via IV and the person looking back at me in the mirror as well as the strange pressure behind the nose. Who knows?

Of course I will ask my doctor about all of this too but was just wondering if any of you had any experience with this. I know too many can be harmful, but how much is too much? And then there is the possibility of negative drug interactions.

Ah, and one more thing, is metamucil used to get rid of diarrhea or constipation?
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


sjkly
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   Posted 9/5/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
type drug interactions into google or msn search and you will get a link to a site where you can put in all the meds you are taking ( some supplements are also listed) and cross check them for interactions-you can also have it check for food and alcohol interactions and it is very simple to use and the information you get on the interactions tells you if its major or minor and how well documented.

LMills
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   Posted 9/5/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I did that and couldn't find any, but I like to double check just to make sure anyway. I'm mostly concerned about the amount of pills I can take within a safe range without damaging other organs or exacerbating symptoms I already have. Plus, a lot of the ones I want to take are anti-inflammatory which is what I want BUT I wonder how many different things you can take to ease inflammation before it is excessive i.e. too much treatment for the mucosal lining inhibiting absorption. And so on and so on.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


patientspiders
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   Posted 9/5/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm guessing that your doc will shrug, or say "it's fine" without really knowing diddly squat, but maybe I'm just fussy tonight. My recommendation would be to find a LOCAL pharmacy (or at least a Walgreen's or whatever with a senior pharmacist who is there daily). When I was mixing up as much stuff as you are, my "small town" mentality pharmacist really helped me out... WAY more than my doc. He kept an accurate tally of everything I took - RX and supplement - and every time I added or subtracted I kept him up to date. I know it's not an easy piece of advice to follow, but if there's any way to find a good pharmacist, it's worth it. My pharmacist caught a few things that my doc didn't, too - certain supplements that aren't effective unless they're combined with certain vitamins, etc.

Tricky stuff. Best of luck. I won't be too far behind ya.
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Currently running on Humira and Hope.
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

~Marianne Williamson


ivy6
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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I'd say try a pharmacist too.

I'd also ask your doctor why you're taking your pred at night. If you take it in the mornings, you're more likely to sleep.

It might be worth asking about the omeprazole too. From what I can gather, when you take that medicine can be determined by what condition it's treating and what other medications you're taking. I've been on it a few times, and on each occasion I've been told to take it at a different time of day, so it would be worth asking your doctor *and* your pharmacist why you're taking each drug in the mornings or the evenings.

Ivy.
Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.


LMills
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   Posted 9/6/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told to take the omeprazole in the morning so I'm not too worried about that one..
As for the prednisone, believe me, I don't need help sleeping at night now from all of the walking I do during the day at school. I actually have trouble staying awake sometimes :( And I really need to get homework done...I'm pretty sure I start to wind down at around 11 every evening

I'll try the pharmacist though thanks you guys! I have to go refill the omeprazole and alinia today anyway so I'll see if they can help me out with the herbal supplements.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


yogaprof
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   Posted 9/6/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure if anyone answered the metamucil question; it can be used for both. yp
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


LMills
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   Posted 9/6/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
For both?...How on earth does that work???
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


insagent
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 9/7/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
To check for drug interactions go to Drugs.com and there's a place on there for that. I also take alot of pilss too, right now including my birth control I take 24 pills a day! So I know how you feel.
 
Tannie 26 yrs
dx May 08 taking 20mg Prednisone,trying to taper, 100mg 6-mp, Asacol 6 twice a day, Remicade. 

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