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DankSinatra
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   Posted 12/28/2007 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had UC for about 3 years now, and have been taking sulfasalazine. My doc also recommended that I take Folic Acid with it. Ever since I moved about 2 years ago, I stopped taking the Folic Acid.

Does anybody know what it assists with and how much/often I should be taking it?

jujub
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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. It helps the body build new cells, including red blood cells. Recent studies have also shown it helps us rebuild rectal mucosa. You might want to re-think whether to resume the supplements. Actually, you can usually get 100% of the recommended amount in any good multivitamin. Check the label to be sure.

If you can stand some medical jargon, here's a short article:

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/6/6/469
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


DankSinatra
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   Posted 12/29/2007 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Judy, i'll read that link.

DankSinatra
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   Posted 12/29/2007 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Judy,

Guess I couldn't put all the jargon together to decide if folic acid is good or bad for me. If you or anyone else could help me with supplements, that would be great.

Sara14
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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I think folic acid is thought to reduce the risk of colon cancer, but I'm not positive. Sulfasalazine can make it tricky to absorb folic acid I think, so that's probably why your doc told you to take a supplement (maybe you already knew that).
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed


jujub
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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ha! Yes, it's kind of hard to read. The bottom line is, folic acid helps your body to build new cells. This process goes on all the time in all of us, but those with UC especially have to build cells to heal ulcerated colons. It also is central to building new red blood cells, and since we're often anemic, this is important. So yes, I'd say it's a good supplement to take. Because it's a B vitamin you don't have to worry about overdosing; any excess amount will be excreted in your urine. But also no need to spend a lot money taking more than the recommended amount.

Interestingly enough, all women of childbearing age are recommended to take folic acid, because a deficiency of it during the first two weeks of pregnancy can cause a major birth defect.

Here's a link to some info that's in normal English.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/folicacid.html
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 

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