bad heartburn due to prednisone

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Christine1946
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
     I should have known to take the Nexium while on this darn prednisone.  I had such an episode of indigestion tonight, I thought I was having a heart attack.
     Just a word of caution to those of you on long term prednisone use.  It can cause stomach ulcers.  Back on the Nexium tomorrow...ugh, more meds!
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Flare May of 09 thru Aug of 09.  Very short remission.  Flared again Nov 1st.  Started Remicade Nov 18th.  Felt great after first two infusions.  Suffered a set back after 3rd infusion on Dec 31st. 
But suffered thru a 4th infusion...nada.  Starting Humira Mar 24th.


Ugh Just Ugh
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have been getting heartburn and my doc thinks I have a stomach ulcer from the pred. I have tried a couple of acid reducers with no success so far. I'll ask about Nexium!
Jennifer
Originally Diagnosed: 7/08 Mild left sided UC
Current Flare started 12/26/09: Severe Inflammation through Entire Colon, some patchiness indicates might be Crohn's.
Current Meds: Prednisone 40mg (tapering form 60mg starting 4/1/10) - appears to have caused new problems. >:o(
Imuran 100mg, Ambien CR 12.5mg.
Past Meds: Mesalamine, Canasa, Hydrocortisone Enema & Supp. Asacol.
I've hit rock bottom. Trying to get healthy!


Supa
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Blah. I had terrible heartburn with it last time I was on it-this time I haven't been plagued with that as much. Once in a while, but not too often. Last time, I was on something for that-I haven't had to this time.

I had no idea about the ulcers-UGH!!!!!
Laura
Getting Closer to Remission!!!!
34 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages 4 and 3
Diagnosed in March 2007, symptoms started Dec. 2006
Currently on:
OUT of Humira trial-it stopped working
TAPERING pred (currently on 35mg), started remicade 2/26/10, otherwise taking Asacol (6/day), slow-fe iron, milk thistle, multivitamins, calcium, Ultimate Flora Critical Care and vitamin C but off all other supplements for the time being at the request of my GI.


journey2health
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
that may be why I'm having heartburn.

My doctor prescribed omeprazole, which is an rx form of prilosec. Much cheaper.

Take 20 minutes before breakfast with water, take it even ifyou don't feel like it, (meaning its working) because the heartburn will come back.
Ellen

diagnosed pancolitis mild to mod Sept. 2009
On Pred since March 20, 2010 -- now 20 mg. tapering
12 400 mg. Asacol daily, 1000 mg. Canasa every third day, Rowesa enemas nightly; 1 1/2 tsp psyllium husk powder VSL-#3 -- one packet daily, multi-vitamin; 1200 mg calcium plus D, 1000 mg Biotin 5,000 (hair loss)
Eliminated dairy, red meat,alcohol caffeine, spicy, fried, greasy, vinegar and citrus.
Bipolar - Lamictal 200 mg, Zyprexa 5 mg.
Sleeping - Ambien 3.75 milligrams.
Omeprazole 40 mg for GERD


journey2health
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   Posted 4/6/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
that may be why I'm having heartburn.

My doctor prescribed omeprazole, which is an rx form of prilosec. Much cheaper.

Take 20 minutes before breakfast with water, take it even ifyou don't feel like it, (meaning its working) because the heartburn will come back.
Ellen

diagnosed pancolitis mild to mod Sept. 2009
On Pred since March 20, 2010 -- now 20 mg. tapering
12 400 mg. Asacol daily, 1000 mg. Canasa every third day, Rowesa enemas nightly; 1 1/2 tsp psyllium husk powder VSL-#3 -- one packet daily, multi-vitamin; 1200 mg calcium plus D, 1000 mg Biotin 5,000 (hair loss)
Eliminated dairy, red meat,alcohol caffeine, spicy, fried, greasy, vinegar and citrus.
Bipolar - Lamictal 200 mg, Zyprexa 5 mg.
Sleeping - Ambien 3.75 milligrams.
Omeprazole 40 mg for GERD


ElephantPipe
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   Posted 4/6/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I took Prilosec but I found apple cider vinegar tabs helped me just as much.
20yr old female diagnosed with UC (mod-sev pancolitis) in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine 1xday / Rowasa 1xday
500mg Vitamin C 1xday / 1000IU Vitamin D-3 1xday / 1000mg Turmeric 2xday /
400IU Vitamin E 1xday / 450mg Boswellia 1xday / 550mg Bee Pollen 1xday
Arthritis in both knees
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Raynaud's Syndrome


justwrong
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 230
   Posted 4/7/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah you should ALWAYS take the stomach tablets while on the pred. I used Rantidine.. Im guessing you are also on the Calcium (Chew) tablets?
Male, 29yrs old -
Diagnosed with UC 2004, untreated for 5 years before diagnosed/treatment started.
Meds.. Azithiropine (Enuram) 125mg per day, Asacol 400mg x2/3 times a day..VSL#3 (09/02/10)
Hospitalised in 2007 for one week & Hopefully the last!! - IV Therapy

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