Welchol anyone?

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jeanneac
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   Posted 2/16/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone out there ever been prescribed Welchol for diarrhea? My PCP wants me to try it and with all the other issues I have, I am scared. I have read some older posts from people with IBS and gall bladder issues but was wondering if anyone with IBD has ever tried it or if there is a contraindication if you have inflammation? My problems are pretty low in the sigmoid and descending colon.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
zoloft, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)

ALLERGIC TO SULFA, AND ANTIBIOTICS GIVE ME DIARRHEA!
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel


pmedic
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   Posted 2/16/2010 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Welchol and have had good luck with it in combination with Cimzia. My GI said it is a very safe drug that doesn't absorb in the blood stream. It goes straight to the colon and helps with diarrhea. I am very sensitive to meds but this one is easy to take, no side effects. My GI said Welchol contains a ingredient that was an old school medication used many years ago for IBS. I am on a sliding scale taking 2 per day when not flaring and up to 6 a day when flaring. If I become constipated, I skip it. Hope this helps!cool
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008
No surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions. 
Been through MANY medications with terrible results.
Currently on Cimzia, Welchol (for crohns), Ambien (prn), xanax(prn), Cod Liver Oil and Feosol iron.
Organic diet has made a big difference for me. 
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jeanneac
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   Posted 2/16/2010 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks pmedic. Maybe I'll give it a try. It can be so sporadic for me with the d-. But, perhaps the welchol will give me the freedom to add other foods back into my diet like more vegetables and roughage so maybe it will balance out.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
zoloft, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)

ALLERGIC TO SULFA, AND ANTIBIOTICS GIVE ME DIARRHEA!
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel


pmedic
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   Posted 2/16/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
 Your welcome. Good luck with it! 
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008
No surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions. 
Been through MANY medications with terrible results.
Currently on Cimzia, Welchol (for crohns), Ambien (prn), xanax(prn), Cod Liver Oil and Feosol iron.
Organic diet has made a big difference for me. 
Learning how to love life and relax. 


onedaymore
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 111
   Posted 2/16/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Welchol, and it's great. One thing you have to be really careful about is that it can stop up your bowels completely, so you have to use a laxative or go off it for a couple days sometimes. I usually only take it if I know I have a company lunch or a date or something that would require eating without trips to the bathroom.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22.
Currently on: Remicade, Imuran, Pentasa, Zofran, Tramadol, Welchol, Phenergan, Ambien, Metoclopramide, Omeprazole, Hyoscyamine


MAG102886
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   Posted 2/16/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Welchol, my GI presrcibed it to me to bind the bile in my stomach to help with D. It works great for me, I have had no side effects at all.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

Jamci
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 27
   Posted 2/16/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Welchol for cholesterol for years. That could be why I have no diarreah. The only symptom of chrons I've ever had is abdomen pain.
Daily Multi Vitamin, B Complex, B12 sublingual, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Protonix (GERD), Wellbutrin (Anxiety). Apriso (Crohn's), Trilipix (cholesterol), Welchol (cholesterol), Cardizem (blood pressure)


ColumbiaShores
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   Posted 3/30/2017 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Late to this thread but can't find a new one and came across this searching...Welchol is basically a chemical sponge which soaks up bile. According to my doc, only downside is it could lower your cholesterol slightly (which for most isn't a downside but an upside). Much better than the powder/applesauce route for me. I take it about 20 mins before lunch and dinner with my meals. I highly recommend using the algorithm attachment on this article, which isn't just helpful post-radiation: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673613616487 to discuss your particular symptoms with your doctor in a quantifiable way. I do separate vitamins from the Welchol by several hours since it will interfere with fat-soluble vitamins.
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