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   Posted 9/4/2008 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
My 16 year old daughter has a mild case Crohn's.  Which multivitamin is safe for her to take?

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   Posted 9/4/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I would talk to a dr or pharmacist before starting, but my dr told me to take Forvia, they have a website and you can order online. They are designed especially for people with Crohns and IBS. some people have problems taking vitamins so I started out with just one pill instead of taking two to get my body used to it.
Tannie 26 yrs
dx May 08 taking 20mg Prednisone,trying to taper, 100mg 6-mp, Asacol 6 twice a day, Remicade. 

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   Posted 9/4/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I take a children's chewable multivitamin. Chewable vitamin's are supposedly easier on your system than regular ones. And since your daugther has mild Crohn's you probably don't need to go all gung ho on the vitamins.

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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   Posted 9/4/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm new to the forums and my concerns are also about vitamins and supplements. I was diagnosed with UC back in 2000, suffered a lot, and eventually had the j-pouch surgeries. It had changed my life complete 180, but I basically now, about 6 years later, feel like I'm back to where I started (except now I guess its called Chrohns/IBD) with increased flares and extreme joint pains/swelling. about a year ago I started the Remicade which was a lifesaver at least as regards my joints, but it makes me extremely weak. Last winter I was sick ALL the time and even developed mild asthma! The Remicade really is my last resort so I'm looking for ways to boost my immune system and to talk to people with any Remicade experience. I've tried taking so many different vitamins already and most don't help and hurt my stomach instead. I'm also in the process of tapering off Prednisone so I've been so weak lately that I've barely been able to function. I would greatly appreciate any replys. Thanks!

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   Posted 9/4/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
crohns7 - I also take a daily childrens chewable vitamin. I find it to be an economic alternative to all the fancy ones, and they do not seem to upset my stomach (I've been taking them for years).

Jessi21 - I don't want your post to get lost - you should really start a new thread with your questions! You'll get a lot more replies if you start a new thread. In the mean time though - WELCOME - I'm glad you found us. :-)
Just to throw my 2 cents in for you Jessi - I have a couple years worth of experience with Remicade, and I'm tapering off the Prednisone myself right now... I know it's no fun. As far as supplements - I have found that powder-filled capsules are ALWAYS easier to digest for me. Large horse-pill tablets just make my belly ache! As far as what to take - there are just too many to go into. RIght off the bat and without hesitation, I would suggest some digestive enzymes (capsules that I take with every meal), and probiotics (get the refrigerated kind, they're worth the extra $$ in my experience). I would just start with those and see how you do. The brands that I buy run me about $30 each for a one month supply. As far as boosting your immune system, I find that tea is the easy-digestive answer for me. I drink a lot of "home-brewed" herbal teas that seem to keep me from catching most stuff... there's a lot of them out there pre-made in stores that you can try before you start buying in bulk like me. :-) I'm gonna quit babbling though because I don't wanna hi-jack this vitamin post. Best of luck, don't hesitate to start a new thread with this, and again, WELCOME. :-)
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Currently running on Humira and Hope.
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

~Marianne Williamson

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   Posted 9/4/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I take one prescribed by my doctor called tandem plus. It seems to work pretty well, but you have to make sure you drink it with a full glass of water. It has an extra dose of iron too so that helps with the blood loss and anemia/energy levels and so on.
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 9/4/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Flintstone's Chewables with my Doc's, tasty and don't upset my stomach:)

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   Posted 9/4/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea you know I've actually taken those before - I esppecially love the chewable gummie bears(heehee!) I don't know why I haven't thought of that before. The only thing my doc actually recommended was Vitamin D and "a good multi-supplement."
And thank you so much Marianne, your suggestions are very helpfull and I will go ahead and start a new thread cause I'd still love to hear more about experiences with Remicade. :)
thanks again,
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