Anyone have trouble absorbing medications?

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/7/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
It seems that all the oral medications I have tried, after 4-5 days I end up with the worst side effects. It doesn't seem like I'm allergic to the drug because I would think I'd have the reactions right away. Someone on this board mentioned something about them not being able to absorb the medications correctly and in effect, that causes you to hold the drug in your system and your body feels it is overdosing on the drug. I feel so certain that is what is happening to me. Does this happen to anyone and what can you do for that? I feel like I should see a totally different kind of doctor to address this issue, but who?
Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 42-yr-old wife and mom
Bad reactions to Entocort, Prednisone and Asacol / Not sure what's next
Currently on Aciphex, probiotic, calcium and multi-vit; and Flovent (for asthma)

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 12/7/2007 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Good question. People with Crohn's tend to metabolise things differently, because of damage done to the intestines. 
Perhaps a naturopath? Or practitioner of integrated medicine, like Dr. Leo Galland in New York?
Some practitioners of integrated medicine think that a bad reaction to meds could, in fact, be an allergic response caused by yeast overgrowth. They might treat this by putting the patient on an anti-yeast diet and Nystatin...not permanently.
A lot of theories about treating Crohn's, especially dietary ones, revolve around the issue of overgrowth of bacteria or yeast, and trying to control this overgrowth.
The SCD diet seeks to achieve a balance, overall, between good bacteria and yeast.
Because you do have asthma, it does look suspicious for allergies. You can check out a book, "The Yeast Connection" to get more info. Dr. Leo Galland's book, "Power Healing," is a  great overview of nutritional issues and some of the failures of conventional meds and practises.
Daughter (20) Dx'd Crohn's 3/06. Misdiagnosed for two years, including by top pediatric Crohn's specialist as stress and needing more fiber but landed in hospital in 3/06 with cramps, vomiting, stricture. Now in remission with Entocort 3 mg (one pill), SCD multivitamin, yogurt, vit D3 1800IU, 900+ mg calcium, 50 mg B complex vit, 25 mg iron. No longer on SCD diet.   

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