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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
What do you take for an iron supplement, I have tried so many and they plug me up. Is there one that is not constipating?
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DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.    

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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Iron Gluconate. It doesn't seem to bother me. I'm starting iron infusions soon since the pills take so long to start working.
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 8/27/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Strange...iron has the opposite effect on me. I take a supplement called tandem plus, and it definitely does NOT cause constipation.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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   Posted 8/27/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Rx of Ferrous Sulfate - that's on top of the Iron I get in my Multi-Vitamin. I'm only suppose to be on the Ferrous Sulfate for 6 months, though.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Align Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date

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   Posted 8/27/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
They all give me D.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/27/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe I also took Ferrous Sulfate. I wish it would have plugged me up. That would have been a nice change. LOL
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Just finished tapering off Prednisone *YEAH*, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 8/27/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Ferrous Sulphate is very irritating. Sometimes I wonder if the doctors have ever talked to their patients about the effects of their prescriptions. It is also not as well absorbed as some other commonly available forms. Gluconate is fine, citrate works well (and is better tasting), the "mixed Krebs cycle acids" (fumarate, maleate and ???) is supposed to be well absorbed.

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   Posted 8/27/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I take an Iron supplement from the Vitamin Shoppe. It has Iron 28 mg as "ferrous fumarate, Ferrochel amino acid chelate, gluconate, aspartate, ascorbate, citrate, histinate, ketoglutarate, malate, succinate). I have no idea what all that means. It also has Vitamin C 75 mg, Folic Acid 200 mcg, Vitamin B12 12 mcg, and Copper 1.5 mg. I've been taking iron for years and tolerate this one better than any other I've tried. (It also doesn't have as much iron in it, which is probably why I tolerate it so well).
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08.

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   Posted 8/27/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ferrous sulfate is horrible for me-I take either gentle iron or vitron C-neither of which are constipating and neither contains sulfer.

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   Posted 8/27/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Iron = instant constipation!!
Diagnosed early 2007 with rectal Crohn's.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulas with setons.  No other symptoms.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP.

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   Posted 8/27/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
ferrous sulfate (ie slow fe) constipates you. go to the local health store where you can buy non-constipating iron supplements. the one i use is from solgar. works fine for me.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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