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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 39
   Posted 5/9/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just curious if anyone has ever taken their meds for UC along with meds for IBS (such as Zelnorm). I often think that some of my symptoms are from IBS as well as IBD. Just curious to see if anyone had any luck taking the two.
Diagnosed in Jan 2007, but had bowel issues for years
I've been on Asacol (no help) and Prednisone (60mg was the most)
Currently taking Sulfasalazine - 4 pills 2x a day
Hospitalized for 9 days in Feb 2008 (IV steroid)
Was using VSL #3, but it made me throw up (I'm pregnant and nauseous)
Hydrocortisone and Rowasa enemas when needed (which is usually ALWAYS!)
20 weeks pregnant and counting . . . . . .
Prenatal Vitamin and 5 mg Folic Acid
150mg Zantac twice a day (for acid reflux and nausea)

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 5/9/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried Zelnorm, I had severe, I mean SEVERE diarrhea from it. I think that fiber supplements do help me, and they are used for IBS as well. When I was pregnant, I used to take 6 fibercon pills a day just to have a bm every 3 days.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 486
   Posted 5/9/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there.
I've taken Levsin, which is an antispasmodic that I think is sometimes used for IBS. I find it helps reduce urgency.
I've also been told that I probably have IBS along with UC. My doctor says it's because often my symptoms are far worse than my colonoscopy.. She says I shouldn't feel so bad if my colon looks pretty decent!
You can see in other posts that I tried a hypnotherapy class that was specifically for people with IBS and I thought it was fantastic for me. So either it also works for UC or I also have IBS. Either way, it was very helpful to learn to meditate and make my body relax.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy

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