Valtrex in a flare

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therearemiracles
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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone taken Valtrex while in a flare? Did it help?
First scope 7/05 should no UC, but I was bleeding with urgency. Sigmoid showed UC at rectum, 2nd colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27/07, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
8/1/08 on sulfasalazine 2 2x's a day, canasa often.


jenjim
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   Posted 10/16/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken Valtrex in a flare several times. It helped the sores. It didn't make the flare any worse. I recently changed Drs and found out the former Dr was giving a high dose of Valtrex, 1 gram 3 times a day. New Dr won't refill at that dose. I have 1 gram once a day in the cabinet if I should need it, that's all she'd refill for. I hope it helps as much if I should need it.
Hope you feel better.
Jen

landcruiser
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   Posted 10/16/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Valtrex?  this is what I thought a herpes medicine.....am I wrong?  Does it help for UC?

Discouraged
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   Posted 10/17/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   

I have taken Valtrex when in a flare.  It helps with the herpes outbreak, but not my UC.  I have read articles that blame the herpes virus for UC, but I can't say that I believe it because Valtrex does nothing to control my UC. 

I feel horrible all of the time...I want a cure!!!!


Diagnosed with UC (proctosigmoiditis) April 2006
Asacol 1200 mg (3 pills) 3 times a day
Canasa suppositories 1000mg at bedtime
Currently in a flare and taking Prednisone 30 mg per day to taper to zero in about 9 weeks *just had dosage increased to 40 mg because I am not responding* Back down to 30 mg and doing okay..so far
Aciphex
Colazal
Rowasa
Bentyl when needed
 


therearemiracles
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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm on no meds right now and just got off of them last week, it's been one week. On  day 3 I said what did I do, I started to go to the bathroom, a lot, then the pinkish blood came then just 3 days ago the first formed stool, then mush. Each morning more and more of a formed bigger stool. Here's what I've been doing different.

I'm been taking natren Trenev Trio 6-9 a day. Then, this has helped my gut so much, Tension Tamer tea (you can get a wal-mart). This am I had alot of mucus come out, then my formed stool, then mush. I went to the gym, mush there and no bathroom since. I'm seeing an improvement every single day. Also, though, I'm working on my anxiety, which I have real bad. I was in a relationship I didn't want to be in, I felt trapped with no way out. I was depressed all day long. I made the brave step and moved out, it's been 2 almost 3 months. I don't drink any caffine and my eyes lids have been spasming a little each day. I feel like my nerves are going back into their place. I'm praying alot, staying relaxed in my gut, the tea helps.

I would really check your emotions. How do you feel in your life? Is there anything bothering you, that is contant?

Thank you for sharing about he Valtrex, I was hoping someone would post it helped them. I may get the medication and not take it and see how my next few days are. I new a change was happening yesterday, I didn't go to the bathroom all afternoon. Yesterday day I ate, 2 eggs over easy, 2 stips of bacon, Wendy's chili and ceasar side salad (no croutons0 2 choclate chip cookies, home made spagetti. I was fine all night. I know my nerves has so much do with the urgency. I want to help anyone and everyone, you have no idea the suffering I have been through. I was bad is all I'm going to write. But then a good day would come and give me hope. If we had no hope, we'd really be lost. So if you have a glimmer of hope when a ok day comes around, embrace it, love it, appreciate it, thank GOD for it, but more are to follow. We can do this. I invision myself on Mystery Dignaosis, thinking taking Valtrex will cure me and then I can go on that show and say what I've been through for 3 flipp'in long years. I'm a day dreamer, can't you tell! I'm getting that Golden Ticket from the chocolate bar too! You're not alone, I've been there, I'm there, but I'm having good days right now.


First scope 7/05 should no UC, but I was bleeding with urgency. Sigmoid showed UC at rectum, 2nd colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27/07, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
8/1/08 on sulfasalazine 2 2x's a day, canasa often.


Discouraged
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 10/17/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, there's something constant in my life...this disease!  I hate it!  I can't even think about leaving my house before 10:00 in the morning.  Even then, I could have a bad day where my colon "acts up" at lunch, dinner and the rest of the evening.  I can't live like I want to and I'm sick and tired of it!  Some days I think I will have the surgery and then maybe I will be able to LIVE!!
 
I hope your dreams come true!
Diagnosed with UC (proctosigmoiditis) April 2006
Asacol 1200 mg (3 pills) 3 times a day
Canasa suppositories 1000mg at bedtime
Currently in a flare and taking Prednisone 30 mg per day to taper to zero in about 9 weeks *just had dosage increased to 40 mg because I am not responding* Back down to 30 mg and doing okay..so far
Aciphex
Colazal
Rowasa
Bentyl when needed
 


therearemiracles
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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
It's very hard to say anything to help, but trust me, I have been where you are for 3 years straight!! Try Trenev Trio, I had to take it for a month a full month and it seemed like I pooped more, but maybe something in my gut need to come out. You're not on a probiotic right now that I can tell, correct? I think this will help. Then try the tension tamer tea, this will help relax you and help your sense of well being. Don't give up. Can you say at least one positive thing about your life right now? Do you have a animal you love, children, what about seeing the sunshine, do you like your car, a favorite show? It helps to change you way of thinking too and I KNOW IT'S HARD, you have to retrain the brain. When you feel so down and out, it's hard to lift your head. I know. My signature below doesn't even touch the 14 doctors I've been through and to, the $30,000 I have spent just in supplements and "natural cures" there's a lot and people have taken the time on this forum to encourage me. We are here for you!
First scope 7/05 should no UC, but I was bleeding with urgency. Sigmoid showed UC at rectum, 2nd colonoscopy & Endoscopy 7/27/07, Left sided colitis and near cecum (mild)
8/1/08 on sulfasalazine 2 2x's a day, canasa often.


bbc
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Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 10/18/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I know it can be hard sometimes but keep the faith!
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


Eva Lou
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   Posted 10/19/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm confused here- are you taking the Valtrex for a herpes outbreak or for your UC? I've never heard of that link between the herpes virus & UC, interesting though.... I was diagnosed with HSV2 years & years ago, like 20 years ago!!! I've only ever had the one initial major outbreak, & maybe 1-2 very minor outbreaks since then. Sometimes I question if I even truly have HSV! I did some looking on the internet & the drug info sites claim you should not take Valtrex with some meds used for UC, like mesalamine & sulfasalazine, due to possible kidney problems. Valtrex wasn't around when I was diagnosed, & I forget what med I was on it- I think it was acyclovir???
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Peety
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   Posted 10/19/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Discouraged said...
Yeah, there's something constant in my life...this disease!  I hate it!  I can't even think about leaving my house before 10:00 in the morning.  Even then, I could have a bad day where my colon "acts up" at lunch, dinner and the rest of the evening.  I can't live like I want to and I'm sick and tired of it!  Some days I think I will have the surgery and then maybe I will be able to LIVE!!
 
I hope your dreams come true!

 
I haven't had surgery, but am wondering if I should have. This disease has caused me so much misery, and anxiety, and upset, and restricted my life so much.  I'm hoping the gluten avoidance will finally make a difference, but if I get another bad flare I am going to seriously consider it. It's not too late for me to enjoy more of life! I am tired of it, too!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, now Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


Discouraged
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 10/21/2008 5:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not take Valtrex for my UC.  I take it as needed for Herpes outbreaks.  The question was..did it help my UC when I took it.  It does not!  I have read somewhere of a possible link between the Herpes virus and UC.  It doesn't make a difference to me because both are not curable. 

Diagnosed with UC (proctosigmoiditis) April 2006
Asacol 1200 mg (3 pills) 3 times a day
Canasa suppositories 1000mg at bedtime
Currently in a flare and taking Prednisone 30 mg per day to taper to zero in about 9 weeks *just had dosage increased to 40 mg because I am not responding* Back down to 30 mg and doing okay..so far
Aciphex
Colazal
Rowasa
Bentyl when needed
 

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