Any one on Colazal for crohns

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   Posted 10/18/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone on Colazal for crohns and how is it working for you.I was told this week I had crohns after being treated for UC for five years.I am on Colazal 4 caps twice a day and prednisone 40mg.Thanks for any info you may have for me

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 10/19/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
This was one of the many drugs that I took for a while some time back. It did not work for me unfortunately. I hope you fare better with it.

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   Posted 10/20/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Colazal since I was diagnosed in 2004. I take 3 pills, 3 times a day. It's simply a maintenance drug, which all Chronies (according to my GI) should be on at all times. Drugs like Colazal/Asacol merely help keep inflammation down in the intestines. I, personally, have Crohn's Colitis which means my CD is centralized in my large's riddled with ulcers. So the Colazal keeps the ulcers less inflamed...but doesn't heal them.

However, I have certainly had sick spells and just this year a 7-month massive flare. That doesn't mean the Colazal isn't working, though, and I didn't go off of it during the flare. I've been told (for MY Crohn's anyway) I need to always stay on the maintenance drug (for me, it's Colazal because it's the first drug that made me feel better after being diagnosed) and then when I have problems (like flares that keep me in the bathroom every hour of the night) they'll put me on Prednisone for a short spell to see if that'll knock me out of the flare. This year, that's exactly what happened. I stayed on the Colazal, took a 5-week taper of Prednisone and I've been feeling much better since August.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills, Chromium Picolinate
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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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 10/20/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I use the sister med Asacol. I am maintained only with Asacol. It works well to keep things quiet for me. My GI (like Kittikatt's) recommends all his Crohns patients also to always take some type of maintainence med. Also, like Kittikatt, when I flare I too am able to take a short course of Pred and get things back under control pretty quickly.

After my second resection my old GI said there was no need to continue with the Asacol. So I quit taking it, and I got sick shortly there after. Went back on the Asacol and it quieted things down again for me.

I hope the Colazal works well for you.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I started on and am currently on Asacol. I switched to Colazal for about a year in 2004, but found that although it did help keep my fistula closed, the heartburn/acid reflux it caused was not worth it for me. But that is a personal choice, some may decide it IS worth it.

Also, since I've been eating more healthy, heartburn is almost non-existant for me, so I bet it wouldnt be an issue if i decided to go back to it.
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 

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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
i was on it for many years. i took upwards of 9/day. i never felt it helped 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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