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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Asked my GI doc today what I could do to boost my immune system while on Humira... Will be starting Humira next week ,and the fact that I have had repeated upper respiratory/head/sinus cold issues on Remicade.  He recommended that I take Vitamin C (which I already do) and also recommended that I take Zinc. They are going to call in a prescription for Zinc.  Does anyone take this?  Any side effects / problems with this?

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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I use Zicam which is Zinc bases and over the counter.  It does work and shortens the duration of your cold.  But be careful.  Vit C can cancel out your zinc.  I think you have to take the C about an hour after the zinc.

36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily

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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
50 mg is 333% daily so if you just get zinc tablets from pharmacy OTC it can be a pretty big pill. i sometimes will just suck on one and spit it out after awhile. but no... the zinc is not as bad as straight iron, for me anyways. I have read however that the form of zinc, as zinc - histidine will permeate the bowel better more easily and is probably even better than plain zinc. that brand was called curazink, but is european i saw another brand having the zinc histidine complex but the name eludes me at the moment i think its called taxofit as i just googled it.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 2000 mg Vitamin C (Ester-C brand), Vitamin D-3 5,000 IU, Vitamin E 400 IU, Zinc 50 mg, and a good probiotic daily. I've been taking Cimzia since August. These vitamins seem to really help me. Only one cold this year.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
You should have a blood test done for zinc before taking any supplement. Why? Because zinc interferes with the absorption of calcium, iron, and other minerals - so, if you have to take it, don't take it with any other supplement. 
My daughter was fine with Zinc at first, but because iron supplements interfere with absorption of zinc, her zinc went down.
Then she took zinc and the iron went down.
Now, she takes 27 mg iron every day. Every other day she takes 54 mg iron and then, at least three hours later, 10 mg zinc.
The blood tests now show her zinc is fine and the iron is rising.
Each person's body is different, and there is no way of knowing whether a patient is benefiting or getting worse UNLESS lab results are checked after a month or two after changes in supplementation. 
Daughter (22) Dx'd Crohn's 3/06. Misdiagnosed for two years, including by top pediatric Crohn's specialist as stress. No symptoms for the past two years. Recent colonoscopy shows stricture gone but still two spots of inflammation in TI. Used LDN to taper off Entocort. Was on Entocort since April 06. Never had D. 4.5 mg LDN, SCD multivit, homemade yogurt, 5000IU vit D3, 500 mg calcium, 27 mg iron, monthly B12 shots, daily oral B12 1000. SCD diet modified to include potatoes and rice. 

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