Alternatives to medicine that are easily available

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Hans C
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   Posted 6/24/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I am currently living in Vietnam. I've had bloody stools to varying degrees (currently very bloody) pretty continuously for the past 9 months. Apart from it looking dramatic at times I haven't really been experiencing discomfort - though that may be coming now.
I think UC is pretty uncommon here so I expect meds are hard to come by. Also I'd like to try out herbal meds etc... Actually, I've very little experience with prescribed meds for UC.
Anyway I'd appreciate it if anyone has suggestions for non-prescribed treatments that are easily available.
Of course I realise that in the majority of cases they are not to be considered as alternatives to recommended medicines. Also if my symptoms get much worse I will seek out prescribed treatments (probably available hong kong/ bangkok) so don't worry about by apparent naivety!
Thanks for your time
diagnosed UC (probably left side) around 2004

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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Probiotics or acidopoholous products may help with overall intestinal health but don't think it will do the trick as good as the real stuff. Good luck, hope you fell better soon. Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
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Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
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   Posted 6/24/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I would also suggest a good probiotic.
Are you taking any multi-vitamins to make sure your getting all of those?
Have you been tested for anemia after bleeding for so long? Iron supplementation may be in order.
Some people have had good luck with whole leaf aloe gel/juice.
There is much to be said for complementary medicine. Search through old posts for what other members have tried.
Good luck!
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   Posted 6/24/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Cinnamon sticks eaten is one of the quickest natural way to stop UC bleeding

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   Posted 6/24/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Try avoiding: Dairy, sugar and wheat - should do the trick :)

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UC: 30cm+

Meds: 2 Prednisone (and falling); Immuran; VSL#3 (2 packets a day); no longer on cortifoam !!!
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   Posted 6/24/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was over in Thailand for a month, I found most pharmacists had many many medications that could be bought over the counter. Medications that we could never get in Australia without having to go to a doctor first.

One of the most basic UC medications is called Salazopyrin EN-Tabs and may well be available without needing a prescription first. I also noticed that Prednisone was available over the counter.
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Hans C
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   Posted 6/25/2008 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
That's great, thank you all for your replies. Each one is very helpful.
I am taking iron supplements already... 

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   Posted 6/25/2008 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Please be careful with Prednisone, even if you can get it over the counter, it should ONLY be used under professional supervision.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Get a copy of Jini Patel Thompson's book Listen to Your Gut. It's the most comprehensive source out there for information on all types of alternative/complementary treatments for IBD. Well worth the money.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Accupuncture seems to help some UCers, I would give it a try, I want to try it myself. I have heard a few good things about Bee Propolis? on this site, you might want to check it out.
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, 6MP started 6/24/08

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   Posted 6/25/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I think sulfasalazine and azulfadine (sp?) is pretty cheap w/out any insurance, why not check it out?

I also second the probiotics (I think the sulfasalazine may even be cheaper than good probiotics, just googled it and it's $48 for 100 tablets out of Canada).

This is weird but one mini flare I don't know if it was just a coincidence or not, but kalamata olives drenched in olive oil really helped me one time.....never again though.

I think sometimes things are just coincidence but give it all a whirl and see how it goes!

best of luck.
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!

Hans C
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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   

As you can see below - managed to get some of those suggestions. The probiotic was the most difficult to find - I got Lactomin (Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium longum, streptocuccua faecalis) anyone know if that's of any use?
Also got prednisolene (won't use it unless absolutely necessary) and mesacol tablets over the counter. Both really cheap here. Salazopyrin available too.

Thanks for your suggestions.
age 26
diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

Cinnamon sticks

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   Posted 6/26/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband lived in Asia and he suggests if you have to travel for medical care that Singapore should be your first choice. Out of what you listed he would pick Hong Kong over Thailand. We wish you the best.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

Hans C
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   Posted 6/28/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
OK, thanks for the advice Fitz good luck to you too
age 26
diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

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