Asacol alternatives?

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NEM
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 10/22/2010 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I take 12 Asacol tablets a day and I was wondering is there an alternative drug I could take instead of it? I haven't had alcohol in 5 years since I first got UC and I really would like to be able to have a couple of drinks on rare occasions but I know asacol has a side effect that you can get stomach bleeding from alcohol. So, I would like to know if there are other medications I can switch to (I would like to do some research about other medications and asking people who have UC before going to my doctor).

Thank you.

Peace&Harmony
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   Posted 10/22/2010 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I hate Asacol but am stuck taking it du eto my doctor's choice. There are other medication choices out there. I wold also like to enjoy a glass of wine sometimes but it more the disease keeping me away from it than the medication. Alcohol can really play havic with the digestive system.

I found a good source for UC med on this site:

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/forum.asp?articlekey=509&articletype=pharm
41 year old female Accountant, diagnosed July 2010
flaring as of 10/15/2010,
Rectosigmoid up to 30 cm....very mild?
Mesalamine 4gm enema daily
Asacol oral 2 pills 3x daily - due to tolerance level
Folic Acid 1 mg daily / Probotics / Calcium + Vit D / Bene-fiber
Microgestin (birth control), Magnesium for leg cramp

NEM
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 10/22/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

Thank you for the site!

I read on there for asacol it said to limit alcoholic drinks because it may cause stomach bleeding. If I were to try drinking while taking asacol does that mean if i take maybe just a shot or two of something strong enough to get me very drunk quick my stomach might not be effected by it?

songlady
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   Posted 10/22/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've taken 16 Asacol a day for the last 8 years and 12 a day for some years before that..... and I just read your post after dinner with two glasses of wine, as I do many Friday nights.

Sometimes I think I'm better not knowing things...... smhair
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