drugs affect mortality rate in Crohn's and UC....

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   Posted 1/8/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Use the search engine and type in Crohn's disease.

aka. uc veteran

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   Posted 1/8/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Doesn't say much that wouldn't be the same for any ailment I don't think.

What meds in particular is the point I wonder?

*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 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
[quote] Of the 9,032 patients, 3,241 had a diagnosis of Crohn's disease, 5,238 had a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, and 553 were diagnosed with both. The death risk was increased in patients with Crohn's compared with health plan members without IBD. By contrast, the risk was not increased in those with ulcerative colitis.

"The specific causes of death related to Crohn's disease...were infections, respiratory diseases, digestive disease and liver disease," Herrinton said. "These causes represented 29 percent of all deaths."

"With ulcerative colitis, although the overall risk of death was not increased, we nonetheless found a nearly fourfold increased risk of death from digestive disease, with digestive disease representing about 12 percent of all deaths."

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   Posted 1/8/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
"Overall, 88 percent of patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis used at least one IBD medication during the study period.

Overall, using any medication to treat Crohn's disease cut the risk of death by 10 percent. However, the effect varied with individual medications. For instance, use of aminosalicylate, a popular drug for the disease, reduced the risk by 30 percent, whereas use of drugs that altered the immune response increased the risk by 30 percent."
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D)

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   Posted 1/8/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
as mentioned at the CD forum here at HW...quality not quantity is what counts.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 1/9/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it's pretty obvious that just trying to supress your whole immune system to take care of one problem will eventually lead to more problems, and increased death rate.

I've been off medication for 1 year. Haven't put myself into remission yet, but neither did 7 years of those nasty drugs.

I have no side effects of any immune supressing drugs to worry about. I thought I had no side effects until I stopped it. Notice a big change in the way you feel day to day. Not to mention since I stopped relying on idiot doctors that are programmed to hand out certain  prescriptions like a candy store.. and started taking care of myself, I've been much better. Going to the bathroom less and feeling 200x better.

So, nothing new to me.
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