Yellow stool - Asacol?

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kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

For the last month I have yellow stool and was wondering if anyone knew if this is normal with Asacol tablets? I started Asacol just over a month ago due to my Crohn's as a trial to see if it suits me. However apart from nausea, I don't seem to be digesting the tablets as they are coming out just as they went in.

I called my GP and she said she wasn't sure what to do so will write to my Gastro Doc and to call her in a few weeks!

Brief background: - Diagnosed with Crohn's 3 years ago after a small bowel resection, just diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and also have bronchietasis.

I would appreciate if anyone had any advice.

Thanks in advance

Nanners
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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Asacol myself and I do not have yellow stools. Are you having frequent diarrhea? Sometimes it will turn yellow when you have been having alot of diarrhea and after awhile all that comes out is the yellow bile.

Also, it is very normal to see the "shell" of Asacol in your stools. Even though it looks like it, its not the whole tablet, just the outside shell. I freaked out about that too, but the doctor told me its very normal. Hope that helps.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

FightingChance
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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken asacol for a long time and it is normal to see the pill in your stool, even sometimes wholeish ones. It says it in the pamphlet when you get the medication I think and also, my GI doctor did warm me about that and told me not to get freaked out by it. But, just to make sure, you should def ask your GI. I wouldn't expect your GP to really know all about that med bc it is pretty specific to Chrohns I think.

Good luck...hope that helps.
27 year old female diagnosed with UC at age 22; Chrohns 5/09
Asacol 3x's daily.
Entocort (3 per day)


kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for the replies.

My bowel movements are more or less the same as it were before which is going mainly 4 times a day. I am a little concerned about the yellow stool. Every bowel movement is yellow since a month ago.

Regarding not digesting the pill, it's not a capsule I take. It is a large oval shaped hard pill. I find it in the toilet still with the numbers on it! I just think if I am not digesting it properly, I won't be getting the benefits.

You are right, my GP is not specialised in this area, I guess I thought she would have suggested something I could take in liquid form maybe or advise me about the yellow stool.

Thanks again :-)

Rider Fan
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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Yellow stool could indicate liver issues. I would get that checked pronto.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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Nanners
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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
No, Kim my Asacol pills are just like you described, they are NOT capsules. The medicine is made to not break down until it gets to the intestines. It is covered with a hard outer shell and when the medication gets to the right area the medication seeps out leaving the outer shell.. Very normal to see what looks like a pill in your stool. I see them all the time and I suffer with more constipation than I do diarrhea.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Rider Fan and Nanners.

Rider Fan: - I will be next at the doctors in 2 weeks so I think I should mention the yellow stool again and the length of time I have had it.

Nanners: - Sorry I am new to Asacol. I noticed both the pills in the toilet bowl after I had flushed the toilet, so I didn't notice them in my stools. With gloves on, I picked them out from the flushed toilet (gross I know, sorry but I had to be sure) and they were rock hard and looked exactly how I had swallowed them along with the identification numbers. I should have explained myself clearly earlier but was a bit embarrassed sorry. Do you mean there is a substance inside the pill that seeps out into the intestine? If so, that would be ok.

Thanks

Nanners
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   Posted 7/15/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
No I have found them exactly the same way. And mine were hard too. Yes the medication seeps out from them. I don't have it everyday, but I frequently see them. I notice them more when I have looser stools on my bad tummy days.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
That's great to hear and has reassured me. I feel bad for my GP now as she wrote to my Gastro Doctor about it. redface

Thanks for taking the time to explain this to me (I learn something new every day)! :-)

littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 7/15/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I would have your liver check out I agree with Rider Fan. I had liver problems and my stools and urine were yellow
Diagnosed 2005.
 
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol


kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Littlemissmuffet (love the name)!

Yes I am concerned about the yellow stool as it is unusual for me to have this and for this amount of time also. May I ask if you had any other symptoms when you had a problem with your liver? What prompted you to ask your doctor to check it out? I can see you also use asacol. Do you think it is asacol which causes the liver problems and did they start shortly after you first used it? I had nausea for the first week. I hope you are feeling much now.

Thanks for the advise :-)

Nanners
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   Posted 7/15/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard that Asacol can affect the kidneys, but nothing about it affecting the liver. Could any of your newly diagnosed issues have medications that could cause liver problems? Maybe try googling them and see if there is chances of liver problems.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
It was azaithiroprine that affected my liver, been on ascaol 4 years - no problems, except when I took 8 a day and ai got a lot of indigestion.

My liver problems also showed themselves by severe itching, yellowing of the white of my eyes, l was never hungry (and Im always hungry) I also threw my food up every on regular occasions on an evening
Diagnosed 2005.
 
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol


flowery
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
kim27,
Perfectly normal to see the outer shell of Asacol, I had to ask my doctor too. It freaked me out at first probably because there red! CD people are always freaked out by red in our stools!vWhy couldn't they make it like rainbow or something:) My biggest side effect from Asacol was feeling like I had a mouth full of pennies. I carried jolly ranchers around with me during that time...it did get better.
Yellow stools .....My sister who is a nurse has always told me that yes, it's because your going alot but, could also be a sign of gullbladder. Have you had your out? or checked? just a thought!
Good luck !
Flowery
 41 yr old woman with 12 surgerys under my belt. Diagnosed in 2005 CD. PTSD 1999. Gullbladder taken 2000, Hysterectomy 2005, Back surgery 1998 with herniation L-4, L-5, S-1. Two-Re-sections on small intestine, total of 18 inches taken out 2006. Stomach Herniation from re-section 2007, Been getting kidney stones too! The good news...finding this website.
                Meds: Imuran 200mg daily, asacol, Bentyl, Coelestid, occasional flagyl and cipro, high blood pressure meds, paxil 25 mg, 4/20meq's potassium, synthroid...& try to get alot of laughter in.
                         


kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners: I am not on any other medication until I see the lung specialist 29th of this month. I have been thinking more about it and it must be the asacol, it started shortly after I started taking it. I have had Crohn's since a child (only diagnosed 3 years ago though) so am not new to bizarre stool motions. Just the yellow colour for a month and continuing is strange for me and the only different thing is starting the asacol. No change in diet etc. However, if it was due to asacol, surely others would have experienced the same which is why I posted this thread. It is reassuring in a way that no-one has, so maybe it's something else.

Littlemissmuffet: That is good to know you have no problems with asacol. Your experience with aza doesn't sound good and I am glad you are no longer on it. I don't have the symptoms you mentioned thankfully and thank you so much for listing them.

When I posted this thread, I guess I was kind of hoping someone else came along and says that they too had yellow stool and it's connected with the colouring maybe of the asacol. Silly I know, just wishful thinking. I did do a google search and that brought up gallbladder issues etc and I couldn't seem to connect the asacol with yellow stool.

Thanks for helping :-)

kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi flowery,

I missed your post there, I haven't had my gallbladder out or checked. If this continues as it seems to be, I guess there is no harm in requesting blood tests to check both liver and gallbladder if the doctor will allow me too. I dismissed gallbladder issues as my partner was in so much pain when he had gallbladder problems so much so we thought he was having a heart attack! He had his removed and I am not in pain like he was.

Good to hear you have no major symptoms with asacol. I am glad I posted here now as it has been somewhat reassuring and everyone has been helpful. :-)

catpower
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My stools turning yellow is one of the first signs of a flare up for me, and they usually remain yellow throughout the entire flare. My GI does not seem concerned about it, but he does monitor my liver/kidney functions via blood work. For me, it's just a regular part of having Crohn's. However, since it's new for you, it is a good idea that you are checking with your GI.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.


kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi catpower,

I am in a flare at the moment and have been for a while now, but yes, as it's new for me and going on for a while, I will get it checked.

Thanks

J-
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   Posted 7/15/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
i get the "shells" every so often myself. sometimes i even pass little black'ish balls that float. these are the innards of the pill. i was told this is also normal.
diagnosed with crohn's 6-15-09 at age 23.

meds:
asacol: 400mg. 3 3X a day
prednisone: 10mg. 3 in the morning

supplements:
multivitamin, cal/mag, probiotic, fish oil, vitamin C, digestive enzymes, rice protein. looking into l-glutamine next


kim27
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   Posted 7/15/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Good to know J. I am glad I didn't pass those little blackish balls though! I think that would have freaked me out more. shocked So are the balls inside the pills?

Nanners
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   Posted 7/15/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I never heard of the black balls either and have never seen anything like that in my stools and I have been on Asacol over 7 years.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Jen77
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   Posted 7/15/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on asacol for a few years, and never had it cause yellow stool. The only time I've had yellow stool is when I've got too much bile in my system. Have you had your gallbladder out by chance?
 
Also I get shells of the pills too in my stool. The only time I get a whole pill is when I'm having D and the pill didn't even get a chance to open up.


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Celexa.

Post Edited (Jen77) : 7/15/2009 6:50:47 PM (GMT-6)


J-
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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
the little balls are inside. they are little things about the size of this smiley face smilewinkgrin. i only passed them a few times when i had bad D.
diagnosed with crohn's 6-15-09 at age 23.

meds:
asacol: 400mg. 3 3X a day
prednisone: 10mg. 3 in the morning

supplements:
multivitamin, cal/mag, probiotic, fish oil, vitamin C, digestive enzymes, rice protein. looking into l-glutamine next

Post Edited (J-) : 7/16/2009 1:31:06 PM (GMT-6)

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