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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Besides water what is a good hydrating drink?  i have been drinking crystal light, warm green tea and water.  I dont want to get dehydrated!!!
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft, levoxyl, colocort enemas, prednisone 40m

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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I would think sports drinks (like Gatorade), Vitamin Water, fruit juices, and herbal teas would be a good bet. Basically, anything without artificial sweeteners, caffeine, or alcohol. Also, don't forget that foods with high water content are very hydrating (i.e. watermelon).
Diagnosed with left-sided UC June 2007
Asacol 400 mg 9/day
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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Crystal light is not good because most people with UC cannot tolerate the artifical sweetners in it. I drink gatorade and water mostly, sometimes decaf tea or green tea. I make smoothies with bananas, mango and soymilk or drink chocolate soymilk too. Green tea is supposed to be great for health/inflammation.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with almost rectovaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira in 6 weeks) Lomotil, Darvocet, Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Tapering Prednisone again :( for joint pain, Glucosamine 500 mgs, Vitamin B

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   Posted 1/8/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about what drinks you drink in the US but lucozade rocks. It doesn't cause me any problems and gives me that extra boost when i need it.
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   Posted 1/8/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
If I feel like I am getting dehydrated I always drink Gatorade. It works for me and I like the taste.
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   Posted 1/8/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink coffee or water. I would think diluted fruit juices would be better than any artificial concoctions that lure into believing they're good for you.

Gatorade and ilk have artificial sweeteners in them...please do the ingredients list check on the internet and make informed decisions about that....could be increasing some unwanted symptoms such as gas, cramping and diarrhea (misleading when it's assumed it's UC symptoms).

Know what you're consuming.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 1/8/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
In addition to sweeteners most Gatorade flavors have artificial colors added in: ugh! UCers need to beware of unnecessary food additives like that. The fewer chemicals in our diet, the better we will feel. Water is the best hydrating drink! I consume small amounts of 100% fruit juice, no more than 4 oz. at a time. Most apple juices sold in the U.S. contain additives so I look for Martinelli brand, also Apple & Eve Natural Cranberry. Decaff Earl Grey tea by Twining & Soy Dream vanilla or Chocolate are other favorites, but I would still drink them in moderation. Water is the best & safest hydrator for us, especially during flares. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 1/8/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Although there is little scientific evidence linking food colorings, artificial sweeteners and most other food additives to digestive problems, a lot of people do find that they're bothered by them. Keep track, note what bothers your system, then select from the things that agree with your colon and body.
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 Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

Old Hat
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   Posted 1/8/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Due to scientific evidence some food dyes & artificial sweeteners were withdrawn from the U.S. market as carcinogenic over the past 40 yrs. That's a good reason to read labels on packaged foods. In yesteryear it was red #40; it could be another dye today or tomorrow-- my feeling. / Old Hat

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   Posted 1/8/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually it is not quite yesteryear... another red dye was pulled as a carcinagen but Red Dye number 40 is still in EVERYTHING!!! I know because I am allergic to it. I break out in hives, get super itchy, and my tongue swells. It is banned in some European countries because of the violent side effects it causes in some children. It is very bad for kids with autism or other developmental disorders. That alone, scares me.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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