Vacation: Preventative Meds?

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   Posted 7/13/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -7)   
So it is summer time now and im not feeling too great with my crohn's. I probably have a stricture going on and some days I have barely any appetite. Anyways, I did have this road trip planned (approx 10 days long), and I thought I could manage, but now I'm not as confident due to a recent flare up.  So I am currently thinking of asking  my family doctor for a short course of prednisone to sort of treat my crohn's preventatively, something like 3-5 days worth of like 30-40mg/day, which i would take during the first 5 days of the vacation.  I know prednisone has helped my symptoms in the past, as I've taken it for about 5 days with no taper. I currently take entocort, which just gets me thru daily living right now, along with remicade and methotrexate. Have any of you out there done something similar for planned trips or vacations? I don't want to force this upon my family doctor, and I'm new to my GI doctor.

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   Posted 7/13/2009 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a road trip to the Outer Banks, NC planned on 7/25 and I'll make sure I have Immodium handy. When I've been flaring in the past and had to travel I always took Immodium before I left and kept it on me just in case. Also, it helps when my husband is an "expert" at finding the nearest facilities in a hurry!

I've never asked for any meds "just in case", I'm pretty sure my pcp wouldn't prescribe....she tends to be ultraconservative on that issue. But, you might call your GI's office any way and just explain.

Good luck!

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   Posted 7/13/2009 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah i suppose you wouldn't want to be on a road trip and get blocked up...Be careful.
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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I have done that. But its more like a quick 10 day burst. It really helped me have the energy and to feel better and enjoy my trip. I think it might be a good idea.

Good luck,
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   Posted 7/15/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I got married in Jamaica last October, right after I was dx with RA on top of my CD. I asked for a pred burst pack down with me. And thank golly I did, I would have never made it down that isle. When I got down there the humidity sent my body into a tizzy, I was very stiff and swollen, and my gut was very angry. It was a life saver.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2006
Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 2008
Currently on Prednisone, Remicade, Vicotin. 

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   Posted 7/15/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I went on a cruise last year and took 2 Immodiums every day. It constipated me somewhat, but I at least didn't have to run to the bathroom every hour.
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort

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   Posted 7/15/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure glad someone wrote about going on vacation because I will be going on vacation in Sept. to mexico for a week an all inclusive resort. I want to know if anyone drinks socially and if they had any bad reactions. I know you are not supose to drink on the meds. I have drank coconut rum/orange juice/pineapple juice afew times with out problems but I skipped my meds. Do you think I'll be setting myself up for a good one if I drink socially. I also like to have a draft beer every now in then. Do you all think I'll get my self in a huge mess while on my vacation? We look forward to our vacation every year and this is the only time we drank alittle its apart of the fun while on vacation. Does anyone drink alittle every now and then and if they do how does this effect them. You would think I'm rolling the dise here its pretty much a gamble. Some times I think it does good with the bloating and constipation. I'll ask the Dr. about this because I know he asked about achol and I said just a social drinker. I guess I'm the crazy one here!

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   Posted 7/15/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Katzzz,
Yea I am one of the social drinkers with crohn's.  My drink is bacardi and coke. Don't drink that often, but I know what you are saying about being on vacation.  Im currently on remicade and pentasa and have crohn's for the past 30 years.  I think sometimes its nice to  "let your hair down" and enjoy a sociable drink.  Then again it works for me, but im sure not for everyone.  Enjoy your vacation :-)
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