Relief from Claritin??

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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Claritin (10 mg loratadine) daily for 5 or 6 days now and I have been doing remarkably better!  Am I crazy?  Has Claritin helped anyone else with their UC symptoms?
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 far
Bentyl when needed

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   Posted 10/28/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
It never did anything for me for UC. I used to take it for fairly intense hayfever for around two months a spring/summer. When I got on trichuris suis ova (TSO) i.e pig whipworm eggs for my UC, my hayfever was cured 100% and still is, but unfort. the TSO has only slightly dampened my UC and never got me into remission.

Pancolitis 20 years ago, full med-free remission 10 years,
Flaring/simmering on and off ever since
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 7.5 20 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circuminboswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade next

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   Posted 10/28/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I've heard that antihistamines can aid with IBD symptoms, I tried it for a few months but found no benefit, if it's helping you then just confirm with your GI about using it long term safety wise.

Keep taking it until you talk to your doc, don't wanna mess with a good thing and stop just to find out from your GI that it's fine to take long term.

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

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   Posted 10/28/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
They can dry up the body lining fluids, so that could be a bit of a factor. As well, body reactions can involve the whole system ... autoimmune just might want to join the party.

Make sure you get enough fluids, maybe consider to take a fibre supplement to help with the peristalsis...etc..that can sometimes become lazy from taking antihistamines if things are dried out too much.

Keep us posted as to how you're doing, it's good you're getting some relief.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  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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   Posted 10/28/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Those types of antihistamines can also (proven):

1. Lower your immunity to colds and flu, ironically.

2. Cause low iron or anemia.

I took antihistamines a few years and suffered from both of these ill-known side effects. Only after web researching a lot did I discover the cause of my multiple raging colds and surprising low iron.


21 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.


  • 2 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Psyllium powder
  • Culturelle probiotic

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   Posted 10/28/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken Zyrtec and/or Claritin for years. I didn't notice they helped KEEP me from a flare or help DURING a flare, but you never know! If it works, and you need it for allergies too - then double YAY, lol. I HAVE to have it for my allergies. :)
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