Posted 1/30/2008 1:47 AM (GMT -7)
I'd be more concerned about one's liver than one's colon. You can live without your colon.

Moderation is good, less is better....and binge-drinking just wears out your liver.

Use common sense......

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~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 !!!

Posted 1/30/2008 5:03 AM (GMT -7)
I drink in moderation and it does not bother my colon. Always check with your doctor if you are on meds though.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

Posted 1/30/2008 6:23 AM (GMT -7)
I drink and am fine with it.
imo, if you want to throw back a few, then do it!
started Prednisone & Asacol on Thursday 10-4-2007

currently OFF Prednisone

Posted 1/30/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -7)
I was a big drinker while on sulfasalazine from 24 to about 28 went out about 4 nights a week, then began slowing down, now I go out about one or two nights a week and a have a few drinks, sometimes a few more and sometimes just one or two. Every now and then will have a glass of wine at home.

moderation is key, see what works for you and check your meds and w/your Doc.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

Posted 1/30/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)
I just asked my GI about this yesterday. I asked if a beer once in a while was OK, and he said YES. He said just don't get carried away. Right now I have probably one beer (never more than one in a night) a couple of times a month.
Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Azathioprine 200mg/day
Prednisone 2.5; 7.5; 10/7.5mg(trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 2/day
Multivitamin, B complex vit., fish oil, calcium, fiber supplement, probiotic

Posted 1/30/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)
Beer gives me Diarrhea. SO if I do drink it is vodka and fuse. Fuse is this bottled drink that has all kinds of added vitamins and nutrients with very little sugar.
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  I must say Under Control
RX/day:  5mg prednisone; 2400mg Asacol; 150 Azathioprine
OTC: Probioplus DDS; seldom use vitamins & other natural treatments
FYI: 3 weeks of SCD diet and caprylic acid put and end to my 3rd and worst flare ever. (But i'm not in SCD anymore)

Posted 1/30/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -7)
Some days I can drink and feel fine, some days I'll have a few drinks and I will have blood in my BM that evening or the next day. I don't drink beer, I hate it- I've only had maybe a quarter of one in my whole life. I do love a good mixed drink or cocktail though, particularly strawberry margaritas :)

Although I am much more of a lightweight when I'm sick and I'll end up throwing up if I drink more than a few.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
10meq Potassium

Posted 1/30/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)
it's funny how today i checked out healingwell and my two hot topics which i tried posting stuff on months ago are two of the threads. awesome job guys and gals. i avoid all stuff with wheat just because that can sometimes be an irritant to me since when i was really sick i had a slight gluten sensitivity. i avoid carbonation. sugary is bad so i usually go for vodka (i usually go high end since it is the purest) and cranberry juice. it just can be tricky if you go out and places have the sugary cranberry mix from the tap. i will have a couple drinks but only when i have nothing important the next day - i usually have to use the bathroom a little more frequently that day. overall though i think it helps psychologically to be able to go out with friends and i have been doing really well this past week right after drinking for the first time in a while so i'm not convinced that its terribly bad. good luck and of course moderation is key.
UC diagnosed January 05

Past Meds: Azasan (Imuran) - piercing chest pains after six days so tried different brand aka Azathioprine - morning nausea /didn't really help after more than 6 months, canasa (tried but got worse at the time - connected or not laying off for now)
Current meds: Asacol 2 - 3x, Aciphex (acid reflux), Remicade - 6 treatments, prednisone boo 10mg now tapering, multivitamin, caltrate 2x a day. probiotic (florasmart right now), astelin (nasal spray) as needed, allergy shots, fosamax

Posted 1/30/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)
I have a glass of wine now and then, no problem.
Pancolitis dx 3/07
9 Colazal a day (was on 12 Asacol/day, but suddenly got sick from it)
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, bit of fish oil, a probiotic.

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