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wantingremission
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   Posted 5/31/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
-my mom has uc and is currently on remicade (3rd infusion will be in 2 weeks), prednisone (25 mg) and is tapering this down, 12 asacol a day, and also Canasa and also Bentyl(to reduce stomach cramping and spasms). As of recent, the problem has primarily been tooooooo many bm a day and the amount of abdominal pain and stomach cramping. It has been ridiculous. The last results from the blood test indicated great results. The rectal pain she used to experience has gone slightly down, however the consistent bm's is not letting it go away. DOes anyone have any advice as far as how to help lower the # of bm's or what the problem could be? SOmetimes I think that since the prednisone is going down, the remicade alone may not be doing it. Any other medication advice or personal advice or opinions. Everyone's help is certainly appreciated. Thank you so much.
 
Paul
 
Mom has UC dx 2002, 3rd remicade infusion will happen in 2 weeks, pred. is being tapered down (currently at 25 mg), asacol 12 a day, canasa (once a day), and bentyl (to reduce the stomach cramping and spasms).

quincy
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   Posted 5/31/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paul..welcome to the forum!

I haven't been on Remicade or prednisone, so don't have the experience. Hope others will chime in on some suggestions.

Is her UC limited or throughout? How long has she had UC?

She could add a fibre supplement to bulk up the stool a bit to help cut down on the # of bms.

How is her diet...does she consume artificial sweeteners? Is she eating at all?..any info can help because sometimes there are food symptoms that can mimic UC symptoms and cause more discomfort than realised.

It's great you're such a supportive son, doing research, etc. Maybe you can encourage your mom to join the forum as well.

quincy
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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 !!!


Severin
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   Posted 6/1/2008 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always found that the number of bowel motions is the last thing to reduce for me. I will get solid stools before the BMs calm down.

Also, don't expect huge improvement while she is trying to withdraw from prednisone. Prednisone withdrawal is HORRIBLE!
"We are dreamers, shapers, singers and makers..." - Elric, Technomage
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    - Participating in the Golimumab trial as of 1st May, 2008;
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Yafit
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   Posted 6/1/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I recommend Advantage digestive, for UC, I gave my son and it helped, actually, they have money back guaranty if it does not work.
I also gave him iron because he was very tired from all that blood loss.
You can find AD in any drug store.
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