Imuran, supplement and meal replacement questions

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sickandlucky
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   Posted 12/29/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, I was wondering if you could help me out with 3 questions I was wondering about:
1) For those of you who have had a bad reaction/experience with imuran, when did the reaction happen? Right away? I've been on imuran for a little over a week and have not had any discernible side effects either than a bit more tired, a bit more nauseous. I'm sick of waiting for the other shoe to drop! I also have to get a blood test today, hopefully it's all good!
2) For those of you who take supplements (probiotics, calcium, D, multivitamins, psyllium husk, etc etc) how do you take them? Is it ok to take them all at once in the morning and with your other medication? I'm trying to refine my pill timing schedule!
3) Can you microwave chocolate boost and just drink it like hot chocolate? I want hot chocolate.
Sorry for my frivolous post, I was just wondering. Hope you're all having a happy and healthyish holiday! Be well everyone!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone & imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


Nanners
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   Posted 12/29/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I take my medications and supplements at the same time. The only time you really can't take probiotics at the same time, is when you are on antibiotics. Then you should take them 2 hours apart. Your side effects on Imuran are normal when you first start the med.
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ivy6
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   Posted 12/29/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I would be cautious about microwaving the boost, as some of the vitamins / additives may be heat sensitive.

Are you on a purely liquid diet right now? Is there any reason you can't make hot chocolate the traditional way?
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Writer
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   Posted 12/29/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
As Ivy says, I suspect that after exposure to heat some of the vitamins and/or minerals may lose some of their potency. If you are taking the Boost strictly for additional calories, then I don't suppose it will matter much. If you have micronutrient deficiencies (e.g., iron, zinc, vitamin C, etc.), then I would try to drink most bottles chilled or at room temperature to get the full nutritional value out of them. But I wouldn't see any harm in heating the occasional serving to get the hot-chocolate effect. As to whether the bottles themselves can be microwaved, I have no idea, but you could always pour the contents into something microwave-safe.

ivy6
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   Posted 12/29/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Ideas for making hot chocolate:

a. Heat milk. Drop in a few squares of chocolate. Stir to melt. Drink and enjoy.
b. Heat milk. Stir in a teaspoon (or more) of cocoa and maybe some sugar too, if desired. (Be warned that cocoa doesn't dissolve easily, so you may find it easier to do this one in a saucepan). Drink and enjoy.
c. Heat milk. Stir in chocolate Quik.
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sickandlucky
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   Posted 12/29/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! I'm not on a liquid diet or anything, just occasionally drinking boost for the vitamins. I've been making hot chocolate using unsweetened almond milk and cocoa, it's been really good as well! I figured if I could kill two birds with one stone why not, but I'll stick with the almond milk! :)
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone & imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin

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