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   Posted 9/7/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it safe to take preds, asacol and aza without no food? cuz i go for a knee operation in 2 days and cant eat in morning, i was thinking that i will just miss them for 1 day.
diagnosed pancolitis march 07,
aza 200mg, asacol 3 x 3 and preds 40mg
trying spinach
looking for a probiotics to try... any ideas?

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   Posted 9/7/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
seriously...i am sure it says right on your bottel take with food...def for aza and pred..tke them with milk then
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Current daily treatment:
1000mg sup asacol
2400mg oral asacol
40mg prednisone
75mg azathioprine
20mg Nexum
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   Posted 9/8/2008 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually when I've had to have surgery in the past, I am ok to not take my meds for a day but I wouldn't go any longer then that. So if you have to take your meds and you can't eat, then yes - try to take them with milk. At least that is something that can help coat your stomach.
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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
It doesn't say anything about taking Asacol with food. I take mine without food all the time. I don't know about pred or aza though. I hope your operation goes well.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I always take meds without foods, maybe i shouldn't but thats what i do.
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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I take all those without food.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 3 day
Starting Immuran
Hydrocort/Rowasa/Vitamin E Enemas rotated

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   Posted 9/8/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah i have always taken plenty of food with my medz, so i beta not try without food just incase it affects me some how, and i cant drink milk anyway, only thing i can drink is water,  im just worryed about missing the pred cuz im just coming out of a flare and missing them for a day will prob not be good.

diagnosed pancolitis march 07,
aza 200mg, asacol 3 x 3 and preds 40mg
trying spinach
looking for a probiotics to try... any ideas?

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   Posted 9/8/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Hope your surgery goes well. My OS won't do my knee replacement until I am far into remission if I ever get there.  He says too dangerous with bleeding, etc. 


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New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
Colazal 1X3- discontinued for now
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Starting Rowasa nightly - discontinued for now

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   Posted 9/9/2008 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Cheers. yeah i told my doc about the medz im on, and he reacns there will be no problems.
diagnosed pancolitis march 07,
aza 200mg, asacol 3 x 3 and preds 40mg
trying spinach
looking for a probiotics to try... any ideas?

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   Posted 9/15/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Asacal you're suppossed to take about 30 minutes prior to eating.

Prednisone should DEFINATELY be taken with food. My brother and sister are both pharmacists and got very angry with me when I told them I take it without food. It's very harsh on your stomach.

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   Posted 9/15/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone should always be taking with food. And Imuran should aswell, but Prednisone really needs food. For people who don't take prednisone with food they must have really tough stomack. i think i would get sick with out having food with that med. shocked   But as far as not taking meds for one day, it should be fine. Just don't go with out if for too long. But since it sounds like a one day thing you should be fine. :-)
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Currently on:
Imuran 3pills/day
And many other over the counter meds.

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