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   Posted 9/24/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I hope this is the correct place to post this. I take Sulfasalazine as maintenance medication. Some years ago I had ulcerative proctitis. I haven't had a flare for several years.I am wondering if it is safe for me to take a vitamin B12 supplement. Thank you. Regards, Richard. 

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 9/24/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
If you not in a flare up, I'd stay as you are mate!

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Mesalazine Suppository at night.

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   Posted 9/24/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
can vit b12 thus aggravate uc??

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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Vitamin b-12 complex every morning....does that aggrevate proctitis??????
ulcerative proctitis - march 05 diagnosed
current status - trying to see what works!
hospitalized - 3/08 for 6 days of IV steriods
colazal - 9 pills  asacol - 12 pills, canasa 2x per day, nightly hydrocortizone enemas
fish oil, flaxseed oil, calcium w/ vitamin d 2x a day, prenatal vitamin plus extra vitamin c and b12 complex

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never heard that Vit. B-12 can aggravate UC.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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   Posted 9/26/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Many CDers are prone to having to take B12 supplementation due to the fact that we cannot always absorb it via food alone...I've had to take it for the last 7 yrs and will likely have to continue with it for the rest of my life as long as I have CD.

I've never heard of B12 being an issue for UCers.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 9/27/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I get B-12 shots, as part of the therapy to overcome anemia. Tests showed I needed it. Didn't stop me from getting to and staying in remission. Maybe the shots would avoid any gastro effects (but $30 per).
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free (other sensitivities) etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for anemia.

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