should i drink alcohol while having this disease?

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   Posted 1/29/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
i have had ulcerative colitis for only a month and a half. would it be alright to drink alcohol while having this?

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   Posted 1/29/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
great if you even feel like it, ive not been interested in drink since diagnoses in june,

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   Posted 1/29/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
What meds are you on? I'm only on Asacol and Rowasa and can tolerate alcohol in moderation once in a great while, but I didn't want to drink at all when I was really sick. I'm not a big drinker anyway.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil

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   Posted 1/29/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcohol can be hard on the colon, tread with caution...avoid alcohol while on certain meds, like Flagy (antibiotic)...check with your doc about alcohol and other meds you're on and the interaction if any, but keep in mind, alcohol can be hard on the colon.

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

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   Posted 1/29/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcohol can be very irritating to an ulcerated colon and/or sensitive digestion. It can also increase your chances of relapse.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 1/29/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I occasionally drink a glass of wine. If I drink too much I'm paying the price the next day. Not to mention it is not great for the meds I'm on.

**I deleted your duplicate post.**
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium
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   Posted 1/29/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
In extreme moderation, as long as you're not in an active flare, you should be okay, of course depending on your meds. I plan on maybe one drink Superbowl Sunday and I won't take my Xanax that day. (Should be interesting at my house, hubby from NY and a Giants fan, I am a former Massachusetts gal!)
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08
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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   Posted 1/29/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
asulfad ?spl I got a bad reaction to booze when I was on that stuff. There was about a five year stretch of of pred, rowasa and asacol where
I drank like a fish. I was on the T all the time anyway so I may as well be drunk. Beer,wine and vodka just about every day.
I think I was depressed. That was after about a three year bad flare(and zero drinking) and kinda just gave up and said ***udge.
Sometimes pass out on T.
Diagnosed panColitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4 twice a day. X6 1/15/08
Pred for flares. I still have my colon THANK YOU GOD!!!
vitamins-veggie juice-wheat grass juice--fish oil
Started 1/01/08
Freindly bacteria:raw milk-kefir made with raw milk--natto--probiotics
Antifungus:Caprylicacid, Pau D Arco, Black walnut hull, Oregano oil
grape seed extract.
Anti inflammatory:fish oil  1/15/08 started Turmeric
1/10/08 Started healthy diet again.1/22/08 cultued veggies

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   Posted 1/29/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm deleting your other post. You can list your meds in your signature. Let me know if you need help.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium
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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I drinking on a semi-regular basic but not as much as I used to, which was an unhealthy amount anyway.
Diagnosed in spring 2005 at age 28
Currently on 12 asacol pills a day + Entocort

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   Posted 1/29/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I had 3 beers with dinner tonight..... I would suggest asking your GI first but most of the time they will okay it as long as you do it with moderation.

DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)
Supplements:  None 

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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Most doctors will tell you it's okay to drink in moderation. Keep in mind, though, that many of the medications we take are filtered through the liver, so putting too much extra work on your liver might not be the best for you.

Since I'm taking not only Balsalazide but Lipitor and other medications that can be liver toxic, I rarely drink alcohol. But that was my decision, and I didn't drink much before I had UC anyway.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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   Posted 1/30/2008 3:47 AM (GMT -6)   
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 !!!

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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
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

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   Posted 1/30/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
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

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   Posted 1/30/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
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)

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   Posted 1/30/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
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

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   Posted 1/30/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
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

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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
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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