UC Triggers - Sudaphed?

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puglover13
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   Posted 11/10/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone experienced problems after taking Sudaphed?  I was in remission for about 6 months and I've just started bleeding again.  I'm trying to figure out what may have triggered it, I took Sudaphed for about 10 days, but I also did taper off all my meds about a month ago.  And to top it off, this has been a horribly stressfull week (family death, possible job layoff)  I'm really hoping it wasn't the Sudaphed because it's the only thing that works when I get stuffy and congested.  Any thoughts?


Diagnosed UC June 2007 (mis-diagnosed with IBS for 3 years)
Current meds: Asacol 2/day, Forvia multivitamin, 6-MP 25mg, Cortenema as needed,
Remicade, Lexapro 10mg/day


Red_34
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   Posted 11/10/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess would be the stress and not the Sudafed. Why did you taper off your meds?
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puglover13
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   Posted 11/10/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI wanted to have me off everything except for the Remicade infusions.  I was really doing well, until this week. 
Diagnosed UC June 2007 (mis-diagnosed with IBS for 3 years)
Current meds: Asacol 2/day, Forvia multivitamin, 6-MP 25mg, Cortenema as needed,
Remicade, Lexapro 10mg/day


suebear
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   Posted 11/10/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess is that you flared because you tapered off all your meds and due to the high stress. Why did you choose to go off maintenance drugs? Research indicates that longer remissions are acheived by staying on a maintenance dose of anti-inflammatories for the duration of the disease, which is life for most of us.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


puglover13
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 11/10/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI had said that she had patients that were able to remain in remission with just the Remicade, and that was what she was hoping for me. I guess I'll probably have to go back on the Asacol. I don't think the 6MP did anything - I've been off that for almost 3 months now.
Diagnosed UC June 2007 (mis-diagnosed with IBS for 3 years)
Current meds: Asacol 2/day, Forvia multivitamin, 6-MP 25mg, Cortenema as needed,
Remicade, Lexapro 10mg/day


run4pancakes
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 938
   Posted 11/10/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
weirdly enough i took nyquil last night and dayquil today and i have zero going on in the guts department. no bm's, no gurgles, nada. so strange!
UC dx 2/08
Former treatment:
Asacol (2 pills 3xday)
Rowasa nightly x 6 weeks
Current treatment:
Lialda (4 pills 1xday)
Rowasa nightly
Specific Carb Diet


quincy
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   Posted 11/10/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
both nyquil and dayquil have antihistamines that will dry out fluid in the body...
understandable you didn't have symptoms.

When you do take antihistamines, make sure you get enough fluid...but I'm assuming you're liking the no gurgles or bms?

The one you have will probably be quite solid..

Hope you feel better soon,
quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3  +   1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~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!!)
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