Does anyone take more than 30 pills a day?

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   Posted 7/10/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand that If you take the 250mg Pentasa, you can take 16 a day of those buggers alone!
Just wondering if anyone is past 30... smhair
B-12injections,Pentasa,Loperamide,Entocort,6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide,8 week
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remicade.

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   Posted 7/10/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I was up to 24 when I was in highscool. 12 in the morning, 12 at night.  Im down to 3, plus the antibiotic Im on 4 times a day currently.  Yet I still complain about having to take any at
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.

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   Posted 7/10/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
When I first started out on Pentasa, I took about 22 pills a day. It was weird because prior to my diagnosis, I didn't take so much as a multi-vitamin. I had to buy a watch with multiple alarms and carry one of those pill separators to remember to take them all.
Four years later, I take close to 30 pills a day. I switched to the 500 mg Pentasa and take two twice a day, but I take a ton of herbs and supplements - which are working wonders. It is hard getting so many down and now that I'm feeling so well, it's even harder to remember. Maybe I need to bring my watch out agin.
It's a pain in the behind, but so worth it if I can keep feeling this good, the stomach pains and the arthritis stay away!

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   Posted 7/10/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the closest I came to 30 was about 24. If they hadn't come out with the 500 mg Pentasa I would be now, because of the different supplements I take now.
23 y/o Male; Dx Crohn's Disease in 2001 at age 14.
Lost 3 inches of colon and 7 inches of ileum in 2004 bowel resection.
CD returns in October 2008, Starting the Maker's Diet June 17, 2009
Current meds: Pentasa: 3000 mg; Fibercon: 2 pills 3x; Imodium: 2 pills 3x
Been on: Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Imuran, Entocort, Remicade
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   Posted 7/10/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to take 32 a day for a long time. Yikes! Not anymore though.

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   Posted 7/10/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm only up to 15 pills right now. That's my Asacol with other meds like for high blood pressure, birth control, and my anti-depressant. Not to mention my scoop of Questran every morning. I can't imagine doing 30, as it is I already feel like it's all I do is take medicine.
Last year I was probably up to 20 for a while when I was on pred and flagyl.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.

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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I get pretty close. I take get 20 a day from crohn's meds and antibiotics. Then I take 3 iron, 2 probiotics, folic acid, a multivitamin, biotin, and allergy meds. I guess that means I have a total of 29 right now.

It does get tiresome. Hopefully I'll be able to cut out a few soon (like the pred and antibiotics) and I'm thinking about switching to Lialda. I'm pretty sure if most of my friends saw my daily pills all portioned out, they'd be totally floored (even the ones that know about all my health issues).
21 years old, diagnosed with CD at age 18,
First major flare since diagnosis started in Nov. 08. Still recovering and mostly stable, but having trouble tapering Pred.

Current Meds:
Prednisone 12.5 mg, Azathioprine 100 mg (started 5/03/09, think it may be starting to kick in), Asacol, and Rowasa
Plus Vancomycin and Florastor for a recurring case of c diff.

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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, let's my height I was taking all these pills every day (I also had an upper resp. infection):

6 asacol
8 acetaminophen (max)
4 naproxen/aspirin (above wasn't enough for pain)
4 prednisone
2 flaxseed oil
2 gas relief
2 anti-diarrhea
2 calcium
2 acidophilus or VSL#3
2 turmeric
6 mucinex
1 multi-vitamin
1 imuran

I'm presently down to a piddly 26 pills / day.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm up to 14, 8 are Asacol and the rest are vitamins, Protonix and folic acid.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Protonix,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
12 here and happy thats it!
diagnosed with crohn's 6-15-09 at age 23.

asacol: 400mg. 3 3X a day
prednisone: 10mg. 3 in the morning

multivitamin, cal/mag, probiotic, fish oil, vitamin C, digestive enzymes, rice protein. looking into l-glutamine next

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   Posted 7/11/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
26 not including all of the as needed ones and the injections.
Humira, dilantin, neurontin, prednisone, prolosec, zantac, zoloft, amitriptyline, clonazepam, lunesta, percocet etc.
 Formal diagnosis 3/2006, IBS 1992, Degenerative Arthritis Facet block and RFA, Seizure Disorder, Severe Carpal Tunnel both hands, SVT arrythmia, 2004 cardiac Ablation
Cushings Syndrome(thanks Prednisone), Asthma, Multiple Laps for ovarian adhesion to bowel, C/5 & 6 disc herniation - plate with screws, resistant to anethesia/most pain meds.  Chronic fungal infections.
Multitude of Meds. Have tried most Crohn's meds.  Gall bladder removal and Intestinal Lap. June 08.- Intestinal blockage July 08 moved on from on on Cimzia. .Off the Cimzia 7/8/09.  Back on Humira.  Systemic fungal infection.  Waiting on Liver Biopsy & Hepatitis results.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I take so many i'm afraid to count them up i'm sure it's close.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken 50+ at various times...
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New meds thread

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   Posted 7/12/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I like Ivy have too taken 50+ at times. That was when I was on high doses of Pred and Pentasa. But I counted last night and I take 24-25 pills a day. That includes probiotics and calcium.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 7/12/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Does it ever worry anyone that we have to take so many? I mean I know we need them, and certainly I'm not going to stop taking them. But I always wonder how it's effecting my system (like my liver). Just seems like so much, but I know some take more!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.

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   Posted 7/12/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I've taken as many as about a dozen for years and years. Recently, been scaling back to 3-6 depending on state of complications. Not too worried about what they do to my system since it is messed up anyway. My brother says its "better living through chemistry".
40 yr old male, Crohn's since 1991.  Diagnosis, bowel perferation, resection in 1993.

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   Posted 7/13/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I counted this morning and it's currently 27. Was loads more after I had my strokes.
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, still kickin!!
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   Posted 7/14/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I was at 22/day when I was 25 yrs old, but now we are down to not even half of that (but then also have injections).  The only person I've known to take more than me is my father-in-law who had a liver transplant and he didn't have me beat by a whole lot.

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
No sneaking around for you guys...

Hear you coming from 2 blocks away, rattle rattle, shake shake.

CD dx @ 13 (1987)
Prednisone 20mg every other day
Phenergen PRN
Zantac 150 - Twice Day
Pain Meds

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   Posted 7/14/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm at 25 now...
I get blood work done often to protect my liver.(I need it)
Lol... alas I rattle no more.(am,home from work,bedtime doses)
Used to HATE pills,now I appreciate them.(Hence my name)
B-12injections,Pentasa,Loperamide,Entocort,6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide,8 week
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remicade.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that my gastro is seriously worried about how much medicine I'm on and has stripped me back to what he considers to be the bare essentials, but that's still 20+ tablets a day, not counting injections and pain meds. The problem is that the other doctors want me to be on more meds for joint pain etc, but my gastro (who I consider to be the boss) says no, my liver's health is most important.

I was / am taking more meds than my mother, who had terminal cancer... This is a whacky illness.
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   Posted 7/15/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
33 pills a day. and I dont take Pentasa.I cant see any that I could eliminate to reduce the number. That doesnt count Remicade and The meds that go in the Nebulizer or the rectal cream.
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