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   Posted 11/2/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
do any of your guys get bad reactions from drinking alcohol with UC?
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
- Asacol (6 daily)800mg
- Salofalk (1 at bedtime) 1000mg

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   Posted 11/2/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Cyn - it doesn't bother me

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/2/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcohol doesn't really aggravate my UC - during flares or in the "off season".

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   Posted 11/2/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes, hard liquor makes me bleed and causes setbacks. Beer and wine not so bad but I know I would do better without them.
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, then 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.

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   Posted 11/2/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Anything in moderation. When I am flaring I don't particularly want to drink anyway though.
46 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08
10 Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08; 4/19/08; 5/24/08; 7/5/08; 8/15/08, 9/26/08; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Tylenol Arthritis Formula or Tramadol as needed for arthritis pain; Rowesa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;
Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Trial and error, everyone reacts differently, and even at different times you may react differently to alcohol, just stick with moderation because alcohol is hard on the colon, and find what bothers you least.

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

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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Hans C
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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
just finished my contract on Friday and there's major flooding here, the novel atmosphere of the flooding and my celebrating my contract end led me to drink far too much.

I've been avoiding beer (carbonation) so I had a terrrible mixtures of drinks. Red wine, some beer, caiipirhinas and margueritas - so foolish I'm not used to heavy drinking any more.
I'd just gone symtom free but in the last couple of days along with a horrific hangover there's been blood and diarrhea,

Lesson learned -
age 26  ------------- diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

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   Posted 11/2/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
During my remission times, drinking in moderation is fine...during a flare, I avoid it like the plague!
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had UC for about a year now. I have not been in remission yet not fully barring a few days with reduced symptoms. But I have noticed that Alcohol seems to have a negative effect and can feel discomfort within minutes of having the first couple of sips! Beer seems to be the worst, wine is next. Seem to be ok with hard liquor atleast while I drink. But the next day is bad! anyone else experience something similar?

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   Posted 11/3/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
<----100% it bothers me - whether in remission or flaring. Of course the day after is always way worse if I flare. In remission, the day after I usually just have looser stool.
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 11/3/2008 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
If I go out and have a few beers one night, the next day I won't have to go to the bathroom at all, then I'll go back to my normal bowel movements the day after that.  This seems weird to me.  I def. don't go out and drink heavily anymore though.  It would make my abdomen sore.
24yr old male, diagnosed October 2003
9 Colozal/Day, 100mg 6-MP, Rowasa Enema nightly
1200mg fish oil/omega3 capsules/3x daily, 2 probiotics capsules/daily, 1mg folic acid

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 11/3/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Wine and some hard alcohols are okay for me but only in moderation.  Alcohols that have "fizz" like beer or (my favorite) champagne, I don't handle well.  Oh, and the hard alcohol can't be mixed with anything fizzy.

Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 2X daily, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga, walking, cardio.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
Status:  Heading to remission???

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 11/3/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup any type of alcohol in excess will make me bleed some. Alcohol isnt good for your intestinal flora, and if its already bad then...oh well you get it.
26y old male. Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
Current daily treatment:                             Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol                                       Digestive enzymes
75mg azathioprine                                        folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Prilosec                                              VSL#3 probiotic 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads,alcohol. Stay natural as possible. A not so strict form of the SCD.  
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 298
   Posted 11/3/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I notice I can handle alcohol fine during remission. I think it has something to do with transit time and alcohol's reaction 2 already irritated tissue as to the neg. effects during flare. I positively avoid alcohol during flares. Hangover and "die-off" make for a lousy day... btw.

If I'm going to drink in the evening I eat a large bready meal to soak up the extra liquids that make it thru digestion process or overindulgence. At the end of the night, no matter how smashed I am, I make sure to drink a glass of H20 and pop a few probiotic caps to replenish any of my good guys killed off during high adventures.

A little trick I learned from college... Milk Thistle helps the next AM when u take it before u drink.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 11/4/2008 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
alcohol is fine with me.... except the other night i had 2 baileys on the rocks and cramped up something fierce 4 hours later.
i think it has to do with being a bit lactose intolerant while flaring.
otherwise everything else is fine
steph - 32 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
severe UC in descending colon and sigmoid colon ONLY
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
tumeric capsules - if i remember to take the bloody things.
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all :(

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