Going back on Digestive Advantage

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Bigphule
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 6/17/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, so since my scope I've had lots of D.  Lots of D and little control/warning.  I've missed a bunch of work because of it and thats not good.  So I've decided that I'm going to start using the Digestive Advantage Chrones and Colitis Formula again.  I really don't care what my Dr. thinks about it. (He reccoemnded that I stop taking it because it could lead to D. while on a flare.)  Well the D can't get much worse and if I have a 40% chance of the D/A working and slowing my D and making me feel better than I'm going to start taking it again.  I'm tired of drugs that have the same side effects as the symptoms of my IBD. 
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
Updated 6/2/08 
 
Prednisone 40mg x 1/day 
Mercaptopurine 50mg x1/day 


winni
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 179
   Posted 6/17/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
please keep us posted as to how the DA works for you!
Winni, 25

Diagnosed UC july 2006.
medications: colazal 9 daily, cortifoam 1x every other day.
30 mg pred,and tapering. 50 mg 6 mp- as of 5/11/2008
supplements:calcium, aloe gel, pro-biotics, bee propolis, omega 3 oil
osteopenia from all this prednisone.
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Bigphule
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 6/19/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay I hope that I don't jinx myself with this but let me give an update.

I've changed two things in my daily medication.

1 I started useing D/A Chrones and Colitis Formula. 3 pills a day taken at night before I go to bed.
2 I take 1 Imodium AD when I wake up in the morning.


The first night was horrible. I blame the D/A too. I was so gassy. Its a guy thing to joke about how "everyone loves their own brand" well it isn't true. I just about gassed myself out of my own bedroom. The second night I had considerably less gas and last night I'm not sure if I had any. This is a good thing. A very good thing. I've had really bad gas for quite some time now. I've not changed eating habbits so its not that. I credit this change to the D/A as well.

Tuesday morning (the first morning) I was up at 5 a.m. and took 1 Imodium at about 5:30 right about the time I had my first BM. (I habitually try to have 3 good BM's before I try to drive the 40 minutes to work.) I did not have D! While it definatly wasn't normal stool, it wasn't the watery woosh/rapid evacuation that I had been experiencing. The following two BMs progressivly lost what little form they had and the third BM had just a little blood at the very end. I had a decent trip into work even if I did leave a little late due to the last BM. There was no urgency or desire to have a BM in the middle of the day until about 5 p.m. This is the shocking thing (at least for me) I felt the need to go and without any sense of urgency walked my happy butt to the restroom, did what I needed to do and left.

Wednesday morning I followed the same routine. In all three habitual morning BMs I had slightly formed stool and no real sense of urgency. I left the house and the trip into work was great. The entire day was actually quite nice (except the fact that I was at work hehe). At about 7:30p.m. I had my first urge to use the restroom again. I went, passed a little gass and that was it.

This morning, again the same routine, almost. I made my first two habitual BMs with out incident or real urgency. I tried to go the third time and really didn't accomplish anything. On my drive into work, about 2/3s of the way in I felt like I had to go, so without any sense of urgency, just a normal desire to use the bathroom I pulled over at the nearest spot did what I needed to do and went on my merry way. So far at work things have been fine.


In my previous experience a single Imodium tablet has lasted at most about 6 hours. So my evening "sensations" I accredit to the unclogging from the Imodium. I can give some credit to the Imodium for helping me get to work. I say "some" because of this morning still needing to go while on the way in.

The D/A has seemed to have removed my night-time gas problems at the very least.

My plan for my medication is this.

I'm going to stay with my current routine until tuesday the 24th. If I feel that I have improved I will stop taking the Imodium and see what happens after that. If all goes well one month later I will drop down to taking 2 D/A a night. By then I will have had my next appointment with my GI and will have been able to talk to him about my experiences. If I am still doing good after a month on 2 D/A pills a day I will speak to him about starting to taper my Prednisone down again. Very, very slowly. Maybe 5mg every two weeks.

So there is my update, I'm sorry if it is long winded. I'll keep posting updates every few days. If things work out for me, I hope that others can use this as an example and feel better too. We may never be cured, but hopefully we can feel better some day.
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
Updated 6/2/08 
 
Prednisone 40mg x 1/day 
Mercaptopurine 50mg x1/day 


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30681
   Posted 6/19/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
What exactly are the the ingredients in the DA C&C?

q
*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 !!!


Bigphule
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 6/19/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't tell you without looking at the package, but I'll try to remmber you asked and do a post on it tonight. :)
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
Updated 6/19/08 
 
Prednisone 40mg x 1/day taken in the morning
(6mp) Mercaptopurine 50mg x1/day taken at night
Digestive Advantage Chrones and Colitis Formula x3/day taken at night
Imodium AD 1 Tablet taken in the morning


sore_guts
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 186
   Posted 6/19/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
here are the ingredients in the order listed on the box
 
Di-calcium Phosphate, Lactobacillus Cultures, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Sodium Starch Glycolate, Silicone Dioxide, Magnesium Sterate, Vitamins A,B,C,D,E, Folic Acid, Selenuin (soy), Lysine, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1 Lake
 
I have been taking this product for just over a year.  I started it while in a horrible flare - was going 12 - 15 times a day total D.  Within 3 days of stating the DA I was down to 5 times/day and soft, but not D.
If I miss even one day of taking the DA I go right back to D.  I have seen a couple posts here that say their Dr told them to not take it while flaring - this makes no sense to me.   Why would a Dr say that?  It doesnt cause D - it prevents it. 
 
sore_guts
 
36 year old female with left-sided UC
lialda 1 pill  3 times/day
Rowasa enemas every other night
iron supplements 1/day
multi-vitamin 1/day
Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 2/day
 
 


Bigphule
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 6/19/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
If you look at the posible side effects it lists D. Just like all the other meds I've take for UC. They all can cause D. hehe crazy eh?
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
Updated 6/19/08 
 
Prednisone 40mg x 1/day taken in the morning
(6mp) Mercaptopurine 50mg x1/day taken at night
Digestive Advantage Chrones and Colitis Formula x3/day taken at night
Imodium AD 1 Tablet taken in the morning


Bigphule
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 6/26/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, update time...

I have stopped taking the Imodium as of yesterday June 25th. I had two morning BMs yesterday and only one today! w00t

I'm very excited and feel great. My routine has yet to change from the above (except fro the lack of Imodium of course). We shall see how things go. But I am very optomistic. My stool is getting to be formed and I've not seen blood in a very long time. Praise God.
Diagnosed UC 12/2007
Updated 6/26/08 
 
Prednisone 40mg x 1/day taken in the morning
(6mp) Mercaptopurine 50mg x1/day taken at night
Digestive Advantage Chrones and Colitis Formula x3/day taken at night
 

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