Gaining weight from Colocort?

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   Posted 1/19/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I was just curious if anyone ever noticed a little weight gain from taking Colocort. I'm trying to figure out if this is happening to me, or if it's just residual holiday weight that I have yet to get ride of. I'm not on any other steriod medication and I think I'm the only one who notices that I might have a little more density around my mid-section, but I was just curious as to whether anyone else has experienced this. My Dr. told me that I shouldn't notice any side affects from taking it because it is a topical medication, but who knows.
It's really helped me into remission so I'm not complaining about it. I also thought I would only be on it for about 3 weeks-1 month, but then the Dr.'s office called in a refill for me so I'm still on it (have been since early December). Has anyone taken this medication long-term to maintain remission, or do you usually go back to the Rowasa, which is what I've usually done?
Thanks in advance for your input!

Jenny, 25 
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in February 2005
Currently taking:
Cloazal (9 pills/daily)
Colocort (nightly, semi-nightly)
Probiotic--VSL 3 (once daily, sometimes more)
Multi-Vitamin (daily)
Folic Acid (daily)
FiberCon (2 pills daily)

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   Posted 1/19/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually Colocort is used to get symptoms under control quickly but it is not to be used long term. Because even though only a small percentage enters your bloodstream, you are still getting a steroid. If used long enough, that small percentage of steroid can build up in your system. I was on and off them for about a year only because I can't tolerate Rowasa. But once your symptoms are under control and you are only having mild symptoms, then you should look into going back on Rowasa.

As for the weight gain - ha! I wish! :) I could use a few extra pounds. But I noticed that when I was on them for a year that I started getting the moonface which I didn't know I was getting until I had a picture taken. Then I realized that it snuck up on me! But if taken long term, then I guess it's possible to gain weight from them. If you're not eating more then that weight gain might be water retention. To avoid that, try to steer clear of salt and salty foods and drink plenty of water.
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   Posted 1/19/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That "inner tube" around the middle is a stereo-typical steroid thing :( The steroids "redistribute" fat. How's that for a stupid side effect?!?!?!

If you're guts are behaving, I'd head back to the Rowasa :)
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