can rowasa upset the stomach?

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UCinNC
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   Posted 2/10/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I threw out the package insert, so am wondering if any of you know if rowasa enemas can cause an upset stomach and gas? did any of you experience this when you first started on them? I will google this also but am wondering about your personal experiences. thanks. (yes, I know, it could be all that pizza I ate and bragged about eating, but I somehow don't think it is....)
30/Female/NC
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.
Getting married October, 2008!!!!


UCinNC
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   Posted 2/10/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
by the way, I have only used one. last night was the first time, and today I am feeling upset stomach, and had been feeling totally fine all day yesterday, which is why I am thinking it is the rowasa??? thx
30/Female/NC
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.
Getting married October, 2008!!!!


quincy
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   Posted 2/10/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely possible.

Rectal inflammation can have associated upper gastro symptoms. Food going through the digestive process will cause gas and depending on how much gas and where it's pressing, it can cause upset stomach.

Too much acidic or fatty foods can cause upset stomach and gas.

UC in itself can have symptoms of upset stomach and gas.

So, since you took the Rowasa last night and had new symptoms, I'd say it's the Rowasa. It'll create more pressure in the lower part of the colon because it's got "volume" and would create discomfort here as well as in the upper gastro area if it triggers some sort of a peristalsis reaction (since the system works together).

I hope it doesn't deter you from using them consistently at least to give them a fair chance.

I'm thoroughly impressed you held it in all night....WOW!!! you're off to a great start.

Hang tough....there are times when I use the Salofalk enemas and still get that feeling depending on how much gas is in my digestive tract.

An antispasmodic helps a lot...I use dicyclomine.

quincy


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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 !!!


UCinNC
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   Posted 2/10/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am assuming my body is struggling to adjust to the actual medicine itself, as I was using steroid enemas for the previous 5 nights and had no problems with those. so, my hunch is it is something actually in the Rowasa (asacol eventually started making me nauseous after 10 months so I am hoping it is not the same stuff.....). I guess, what I am hoping, is that my body will adjust to the new med and then I wil quit feeling sick, sort of like how it went with imuran -- rough start and then settled in fine. thanks for the response, quincy.
30/Female/NC
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.
Getting married October, 2008!!!!


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30376
   Posted 2/11/2008 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
You're welcome....all you can do is try and see if it improves. I hope it does....but not all can take all meds unfortunately.

Keep us posted.
q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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 !!!


UCinNC
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 528
   Posted 2/11/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
am feeling MUCH better today. maybe it wasn't the rowasa yesterday. there is a flu bug going around my office. in any case, feel fine today, knock wood
30/Female/NC
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.
Getting married October, 2008!!!!


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30376
   Posted 2/12/2008 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
glad you feel better today!

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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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