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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 7/16/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
So here I am... I have only been diagnosed since October of 2007 and I have already tried 2 medications. Today they decided to switch me to the 3rd... I started off on Lialida but the side affects were too much for my body to handle. Next they had me on asacol... But I was experience extreem hair loss, which he said that was an unusual side affect that he had not seen many people experience.
So now I am on Colazal ... Lets just hope that everything goes well. I have no idea how many different medications there are out there. But my Gastro said that there are 2 other options that he would like to try if this one fails.
I have been taking Biotin for months and have yet to see a change in my hair loss. Is there something that I am missing?
A 20 year old girl that is newly diagnosed
Yet she still is determined to go out and live her life to the fullest...
Diagnosed 10/30/2007
Currently taking:
Lilalda -NO MORE!
Prednisone -NO MORE! :)
Asacol - NO MORE!
Colazal - 3 pills 3 x a day

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 7/16/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I was losing hair there for awhile but I didn't attribute it to medication. It was stress. How long have you been off the Prednisone? I haven't changed any meds around the time my hair stopped falling out at such a high rate so I am pretty confident it wasn't meds for me. May I ask what side effects you had with Lialda? I was on Colazal but now I am on Lialda. Just wondering.
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/16/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
flaxseed oil has worked for me with hair condition & growth.

diagnosed january 2002
imuran(azathioprine) 150 mg
remission of sorts (first & only) since february 2007
associated rheumatoid arthritis (lucky girl i am!)

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Colazal for years, and have never had hair loss. I hope it will work well for you.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 7/17/2008 3:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you have improvement with the Colazal. Do consider to be on rectal meds as well.

*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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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 7/17/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I experienced hair loss while I was on Colazal, and I am experiencing hair loss on Lialda now. However, I can't attribute it to the mesalamine because there are many other factors involved. For me, it might also be related to stress, seborrheic dermatitis, or male pattern baldness.

Seborrheic Dermatitis diagnosed Jul 08
Left Sided Ulcerative Colitis diagnosed Jan 08
Minimal Change Disease diagnosed Feb 06

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Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 675
   Posted 7/17/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes it takes a while to find which medicine works best for your body. I have been on Colazal, Canasa, Prednisone, 6MP and Remicade (all in the past 5 years). I now take Lialda daily and Rowasa enemas at night and I am doing/feeling pretty well. So, what works for one person doesn't always work as well for the next. I felt like I had a lot of hair loss when I was on Colazal, Canasa and Prednisone all at the same time. I definately have gobs of hair in the shower every day - but I still have a full head of hair. I lose five times the amount of hair that my husband ever does!
Pancolitis since 2003. Osteopenia. Multi-vitamin, calcium, omeprazole, benefiber, boniva, Lialda, Rowasa enema, enablex, pro-biotics. Former Remicade user.
"The secret to my own happiness, my own good future, is within my own hands, I must not miss that opportunity"

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