I have a sulfa allergy and am fine taking the asacol. The only major side effect I have noticed from it is hair thinning, but no one else seems to notice. You can take biotin (its B7 I believe) to try and reduce the hair loss. I just started taking the biotin to help with it but haven't noticed anything yet.
Also, according to my GI and I think he's right, some people take 400 three times a day, 800 three times a day, and even 1200 four times a day... he says some people actually get diarrhea on the 4 pills (1200mg) four times a day, so you have to find the therapeutic dose for yourself. He tried upping me to the 1200 4 times a day and I did have more gas and diarrhea, but I seem "ok" on 800 three times a day.
Finally Dx- April 13 2007 (age 26) ilio-crohn's-colitis. Surgeries:appendectomy, cholecystectomy, tonsillectomy, pinidal cyst removed,emergency abdominal surgery for hemorrhaging ovary from burst ovarian cyst, LEEPcervix, emergency abdominal surgery for grapefruit sized ovarian cyst removal, D and C of uterus, lumpectomy of breast.
MEDS: remicade, prednisone, Asacol TID, protonix, metformin, buspar, trazodone, multi V, B complex, flaxseed. Vegetarian, leaning towards vegan. no nuts, seeds, or wheat.
Many allergies. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, anxiety, depression, ITP
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