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UChick
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 1/22/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The other day I went to the GI office to have my semi-annual blood work (for azathioprine) and apparently I'm just slightly anemic and now have to take a multi-vitamin. Now I officially take 14 1/2 pills every single day. My doctor said mine is about 11.4 and 12 is high, but I'm thinking he meant 12 is normal. So now I can add Centrium A-Z to my list.

I guess I need to eat more steak! LOL!!!
Age 17

Diagnosed September '01
Remission since July '02

Asacol- 4 pills 3xday
Azathioprine- 75mg 1xmorning
Took Remicade 3 times, BIG FAN!!!!


dakotagirl
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 1/23/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Anemia is not uncommon for UCers or for women of child-bearing age.

I like the more steak option! Maybe with a spinach salad? When anemic, I would look for iron fortified cereals as well - Apple Jacks was a fav!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
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Rio in Maryland
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 1/23/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   

My haemoglobin count was found to be very low too so the doctor started me on 'Slow-Fe'. It's supposed to be easier to digest than other iron supplements. The doc also mentioned 'Niferex' as another suitable iron supplement (more expensive).


Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprene 175mg, Prednisone 60mg - taper.


Meesh
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   Posted 1/23/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The UC itself, as well as some of our meds, can make us inefficient at absorbing dietary iron. I was anemic and taking supplements, but it finally took a five week course of Venofer (iron sucrose) injections to set things right. My GI is now going to be monitoring my blood more closely as I also had low potassium (curable with a couple of bananas per day), and regular bone density scans (next one due end of June, which will be two years after my base-line scan that done a couple of months after I started Prednisone).
 
 

Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97;
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, was almost off, back to 40 mg; 12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Bad reactions: Imuran( 2/07)


expecting226
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 1/24/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Meesh - How did you do with the iron injections? Did you experience any side effects?

I have been very anemic throughout my pregnancy, and the iron pills don't seem to be helping very much. My GI wants to move to the injections after I deliver my son, so I am curious as to your experience.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)


Meesh
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   Posted 1/24/2008 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
It was a wonderful experience. By the third injection I was feeling pretty much 100%, the debilitating fatigure was gone and my appetite returned.

No side effects at all. The injections are not just a "shot." It takes about five minutes. They put an IV line in and run a little saline, then they inject the iron into the IV over the course of five minutes and flush with saline to make sure you get every last little drop. They check your blood pressure before and after.

Good luck with that!

Meesh
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97;
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, was almost off, back to 40 mg; 12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Bad reactions: Imuran( 2/07)

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