Crohn's, remicade, supplements and herbs?

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jhicks
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   Posted 5/15/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I will likely be starting on remicade in a few weeks. Since it suppresses the immune system, is there any danger in taking supplements/herbals that support the immune and other systems during treatment?
 
Is anyone currently taking Remicade with success and also supplementing? If so, what do you take and how is it working for you?
 
I currently take Pentasa, Vit. D, fish oil, Osteo-biflex, Mobic (prescription anti-inflammatory for arthritis/swollen foot and knees), a multi-vitamin and turmeric. I am considering adding Cat's Claw, but recall reading somewhere that taking Cat's Claw when on an immunosuppressant/modulator is not advisable.
 
Thanks!
Joyce

ivy6
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   Posted 5/15/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you should run these questions by your gastroenterologist *and* your pharmacist, as some of the interactions between herbal and prescription meds can be very, very serious.

Best wishes,

Ivy.
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jhicks
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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree, and I'm married to a pharmacist, but honestly, neither one of them is fully versed in herbals and supplements.

ivy6
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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
jhicks, if your spouse can't help, then I suggest you ask a different pharmacist. There are books that docs and pharmacists can consult to find out if drugs interact with each other.
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