Brown urine- side effect or problem?

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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm flaring, and I'm on a prednisone taper.  Right now I'm taking 2 Pentasa X4 a day, 30mg. pred. a day, 500mg flagyl X3 a day, and Librax X4 a day.  I'm exhausted, sleep nearly all the time, and feel terrible when I'm awake.  My belly feels a bit better.  I have noticed my urine is the color of tea. 
I'm wondering if anyone has had this as a side effect of these meds or combination of meds, or if it's a sign of a bigger issue.
IBD- Colazal, Canasa, Entocort EC, Bentyl
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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Call your doctor. This sounds like blood in your urine.
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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree call your doc.
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   Posted 10/14/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be the flagyl -- if I remember correctly, it did that to me.

But just to be safe, you should call your doctor and at least let them know.

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   Posted 10/14/2008 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Brown urine can be an indication of a serious condition. It could be caused by liver disease, hepatitis, melanoma cancer, or copper poisoning. Other symptoms from those ailments should also be considered as indicators. But note that if you had recently eaten fava beans or taken a laxative, your urine also could turn brown.

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Post Edited (pb4) : 10/14/2008 11:37:00 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/15/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
call your doctor pal, don't think the worst but be on the safe side.

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   Posted 10/15/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to add to the above, please see your doctor!!!

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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I would def call the doc. Having said that, mine is "diluted iced tea" color, and that's usual for me since starting Pentasa a year ago. You may notice, and there's a post about this somewhere in the archives, Pentasa will turn the underside of your toilet seat a spotty brownish purple. When you pee, the water from the bowl/urine splashes up underneath the seat, staining it that lovely color. They don't come off with any amount of scrubbing.
Definitely call your doc to rule out blood in the urine, but it may just be the meds.
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Remicade 1st infusion 7/24/08
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Ferrous Sulfate 325mg/daily for anemia
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I'm so tired, when will this get better?

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   Posted 10/16/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to everyone who responded. I called the doctor, and of course they wanted blood work and urine. So I won't know anything for sure for a few days. And of course, when I gave the sample, it was not brown. It was a very chalky yellow, nothing you could see through, but not brown. When I got home, brown again. Of course!

I realize it may be a normal side effect of one of my medications, but since it's a new symptom, I didn't want to be dumb and let it go. Especially since I had been flaring so badly. I've been on Pentasa for over six months, and haven't had the brown urine before, but maybe it's a different batch or something.

I'm feeling so much better- I was able to take a shower today without napping afterward! I know people here will understand where I'm coming from. I really am doing better, and I've decided to start the SCD and see how that goes. It is no more restrictive than the way I've been eating for tha past year, and all that's done is keep me as sick as ever.
IBD- Pentasa, Canasa, Entocort EC, Librax
Migraine- Fioricet, Topamax
Fibromyalgia- Zoloft,  Tramadol (prn)
Immune Disfunction Disorder? - Antibiotics out the wazoo, steriod shots

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