Both Sulfa and Asacol? UC & UTI

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 3/10/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Is anybody taking both sulfa and Asacol? If so, what dosages?

I'm juggling UC & UTI (urinary tract infections). It's a long story, but I'm going to try Sulfa again for the UTI, even though I had some problems with it many years ago. All of the other antibiotics get my UC out of whack. I do some self-medicating with the blessings of my doctors, and I can't remember if people combine the Asacol & Sulfa. I will call my GP to get his advice, but my extremely busy gastro is a bit slow to call me back. I just like to see what is working for others.

Pancolitis, GERD, Brain Aneurysm Survivor
Asacol, Prilosec, Plavix, Aspirin, Culturelle
about 90% SCD, gluten, dairy, soy, and yeast intolerant
Remission with a little bump now & then

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   Posted 3/10/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
No problems taking them together....remember that sulfasalazine is a combo of sulfa and 5ASA...a treatment used for UC/CD before the 5ASA was separated (Asacol..etc) to be used on its own.

I used Sulfa for some infections while on Asacol.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th 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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 3/10/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
have you had this uti for a long time?
i know they are not to be taken lightly so you, of course, should do what you know is best for you.
but i was able to totally knock out my last uti with something from the health food store, no antibiotics!
it's made by Solaray and is called Super CranActin. it is significantly more expensive than other cranberry capsules, but i believe they claim the quality is better and there are also some other herbs that supposedly help get rid of the bacteria.
it says to take 2-4 a day with a full glass of water. i still have about a half a bottle left too. i'm sure i did 4 a day until the symptoms were gone and then probably another 5 days after that to be on the safe side.
i was pretty amazed actually that i didn't have to go to the doctor at all! that was nice for a change.

so if you're up for that, you could give it a try. :)
28, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son. due to have baby #2 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Asacol, probiotics, ground psyllium husk, fish oil, prenatal

may you live all the days of your life.

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   Posted 3/10/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken Septra or Bactrim several times along with Colazal. No problem. Even though they both have a form of sulfa in them, they're completely different classes of drugs and don't interact with one another.
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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