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Cyborg Ninja
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this is a gross question but the Crohn's board isn't new to that. This doesn't have to do with Crohn's I believe, but it's important for me to know. I've noticed that whichever toilet I use, after a while dark, reddish-brown, almost black, spots will form after some time. They form on the seat I sit on and underneath it. I'm fairly certain it's from urine. I'm worried it may be alkaptonuria, though that will explain other medical problems of mine. Does anyone else have this problem?
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I get spots from the Pentasa, there are posts on here about it, they don't come off either.  I had to go buy a plastic type toilet seat so that I could actually clean it and the medication from the urine would not stain the toilet seat.  Are you that type of medicine?
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Pentasa, yes. How could it possibly affect urine? I have a cheap toilet seat and the stains seem to come off decently enough. Could you show me some of the other topics about it? I figure a search for "brown" and "toilet" would come up with far too many posts, LOL.

Edit: BTW, my urine doesn't come out brown will I'm urinating. It's only after it's been sitting out for a while I think. I'm also on tramadol, Cymbalta and Tapazol.
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   Posted 10/31/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember this was discussed a few months ago.  But I think people were saying the stains were blue or purple instead of brown.  Try doing a search for that instead.
I'm on Pentasa and my brother is on Asacol, and we both stain the toilet, so to speak, with urine.  I mentioned this to my GI, who is very experienced treating IBD, and he said he'd never heard of that.  I did a urinalysis (and recently another one) and they came back completely normal.  So we concluded it's a harmless side effect of Pentasa/Asacol.  I've yet to see a real scientific explanation of what's happening, but I'm not too worried about it.

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   Posted 10/31/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Beave, what color stains are they that both you and your brother cause?
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   Posted 10/31/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
It's hard to say exactly what color, because my bathroom isn't very well lit (no sunlight), and I'm mildy colorblind on top of that....but I would say they're dark blueish/purple, maybe dark gray.  I've sometimes wondered if there's something in the urine reacting with toilet bowl cleaning products, like maybe bleach, because the colored spots seem to occur most where I've cleaned before.

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   Posted 10/31/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
are you on anything like pyridium or anything for urinary tract/kidney infection pain?
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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly what you mean!! The stains are like burgandy spots...I am on pentassa and I thought maybe it was from the blue pills the dye in them??? Just a thought...I have tried even straight bleach and it won't come off...What works to get them off??? It is so gross!!


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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope, Kandice. My kidneys seem to be fine (like the one thing in my body that is).

Strange about this Pentasa correlation. It did seem to occur after I started my Pentasa, but I didn't notice it for several months. This worries me though. Either the blue dye for the pill casing is coloring our urine harmlessly, or our kidneys are getting boxed, and that's not good. We've got to notify Pentasa's manufacturer, Shire, about this. Even if it's not harmful, they could at least stop using dyes on the casings. I'd rather go without nasty spots on my toilet than look at pretty blue horsepills.
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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have spots under my toilet seat too!! I thought they were period blood (and then thought geez has it been that long since I cleaned the toilet?) until I read the first post about Pentasa causing this. I am on Pentasa. I really dont think it is harming our kidneys. I think it just changes the PH of the urine or something. I don't think it is the dye or else our pee would be blue. Personally Id like to see all dyes eliminated in general just because I have a red dye allergy and seeing an allergist tomorrow about a possible new one too. However, without the dyes, we would have no way of identifying our pills. Have you ever had immodium, tylenol, and lactaid in a pill case together? Pain in the butt. They are all white and you have to read the little numbers on them to know what is what. I guess Ill keep the dyes... Although I hate that I am putting an itty bitty bit of something I know Im allergic to in larger quantities (the red dye) in my body nightly when I take my nexium.
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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
You've got a point there, Fitzy. It would be really hard to know what's what if all you've got are clear capsules with little balls in them. I keep most of my meds in their original bottles anyway cos I'm too lazy to put them in my pillbox. I have a small portable one though. I went to the pharmacy today and I saw that they have small portable pillboxes that have separate compartments for different meds. You should buy one of those.
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   Posted 10/31/2007 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Salofalk, which like Pentasa is a 5 tablets are a yellow color, and i get the same purplish color on the underside of my seat as it has to be some sort of reaction, not the color of our pills if I'm getting the same thing. It is a pain to clean, and doesn't look very nice. :)

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   Posted 10/31/2007 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Never noticed that with me, then again my toilet seat is green, it might be blending? Merry Xmas if its red, lol :)

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   Posted 11/1/2007 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
ASACOL did this to my toilet
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   Posted 11/1/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Same Here...Brown spots every day I have to clean the camode!!! LOL
When I first noticed it I had just started back on pentasa after not taking meds for 4 years. So after I started back on the meds I moved into a new apartment with my roommated...And I blamed him!!! LOL Because I had never seen them before I was like this guys is sooo grosss he needs to drink more water!!! LOL tongue
Then I started noticing it every where "I" Lived!!! suddenly I made the connection...
Sorry roomy!

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   Posted 11/1/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought you were going to the Dr. what did he or she say about it?

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   Posted 11/1/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   

I have noticed some brown too and I can clean it off.. gross :) I was assuming it was my hubby or the kids. Yuck it might be me!

FitzyK23, I was allergic to red dye as a kid. I thought I was the only one. I was lucky and seemed to have grown out of it (unless  the reactions are not as bad and I don't notice them).



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   Posted 11/1/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't talk to the doctor about it. It was my pain management doc.
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   Posted 11/1/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
It is the pentasa. I stopped taking it, bought a new seat, and haven't seen the spots since.
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   Posted 9/13/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same with Asacol. Has anyone tried a in-tank toilet cleaner so you don't have to scrub every day? I was looking at this one:

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   Posted 9/13/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I have this underneath the seat, but not on the top itself. I can't get it off either...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, omeprazole in the morning, and a women's multivitamin. I'm also trying a B vitamin complex, but it doesn't seem to be working so I'm considering the shots.
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   Posted 9/13/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
When I told my husband it was from my Crohn's meds he admitted that he thought it was his fault, and that he needed to drink more water. I use a bleach product until it gets too bad and then I buy a new toliet seat. I try to use only the bathroom in my bedroom so that toliet seat stays clean for guests.

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Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, folic acid, and Enalapril,

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   Posted 9/13/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't sweat it too much just buy a new toilet seat periodically, as long as the type you need is still available, the trend now seems to be white again, over the years I think I've had almost every colour scheme in a bathroom in the homes we have lived in. Our current scheme is creame/beige and its olde world style. oh I also rememebr the Avacado green in our home in Wales in the late 70's early 80's..

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   Posted 9/13/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't noticed these spots yet at our house...but thanks for the warning.  Anyway, has anyone tried using a "Magic Erase" sponge to clean the toilet?  Those suckers remove permanent marker from counter tops and lots and lots of other hard-to-remove smears, smudges, etc. idea
Posts refer to my 9 year old girl
  • Started with 30 mg Prednisone, tapered off over 3 months

Then continued with:

  • Pentasa, 3 blue horse-sized capsules, 3 x daily
  • Forvia multivitamin/mineral for Crohnies
  • Coromega
  • Calcium
  • VSL#3, 2 x day
  • Custom Probiotics: 6-Strain Blend, 1 x day
  • Culturelle, 1 x day

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