Asacol Pills in the Toilet

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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes when I go to the bathroom I notice full pills in the toilet. What does this mean and is it normal?

ediekristen
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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had this happen every day. My doctor and everyone else told me it was normal and that the medication is in the outer coating. Asacol never helped me though and I ended up switching anyway.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe it doesn't help because we poo it out? I feel like it helped me for a few weeks but now I am back to running to the toilet. It is so frustrating and depressing. I don't even want to eat anymore for fear I will have to run to the toilet. cry
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


ediekristen
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
That's what I always thought. It didn't seem right that I had whole pills coming out. Maybe if they were dissolved a little bit, but they looked exactly the same as they went in.

I know just what you mean about being frustrated and depressed. I'm going through the same emotions right now... It's so aggravating when something helps for a little bit and stops, or something is a miracle drug for some people and you get all hopeful thinking it will help you and it does nothing. I've stopped eating breakfast and lunch for the most part unless I'm really hungry because whenever I eat it costs me at least 5 bathroom trips that I don't have time for at work. I'm getting ready to start Remicade and I'm trying not to get my hopes up that it will make me better because I don't want to think about if it doesn't.

Have you talked to your doctor about your feelings with the Asacol?

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


JM21204
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told it was just the outer coating by my dr.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I really wish you the best. You sound exactly like me, skipping meals to make it through work. It is sad. I am not only frustrated with this illness but also with the fact that I can't excel at work because of this condition. I am unhappy with where I am in my life and having this illness is holding me back. I can't change paths or go to school because I am constantly experiencing some kind of negative symptom of being sick. Of course according to my boyfriend it is merely "an excuse". So insulting...

I would love to be able to get up and feel good everyday but I don't. Today I have a flu and I didn't go to work so I ate breakfast and had the craps. A couple weeks ago it seemed like it was improving but now it seems like it is back to badly flaring. I am worried I will be in your shoes soon, on to much more serious treatment and worried about surgery. I know it is early for me to stress about this but I do. I haven't talked to my Dr because i've only been on the Asacol for a few weeks and I don't want to give up before I give it a chance sad I am trying to think positive but my bathroom trips are telling me the opposite. You are so young, I really hope you can find something that works for you for the longterm. I feel like I never read about anyone who is in remission from medications for years and years. I hope it is possible. I just want to be able to be myself and live my life. I have enough going on without the constant bathroom trips. Sorry to spew this big vent but I am feeling so down today. I am a slave to the toilet.  

ediekristen said...
That's what I always thought. It didn't seem right that I had whole pills coming out. Maybe if they were dissolved a little bit, but they looked exactly the same as they went in.

I know just what you mean about being frustrated and depressed. I'm going through the same emotions right now... It's so aggravating when something helps for a little bit and stops, or something is a miracle drug for some people and you get all hopeful thinking it will help you and it does nothing. I've stopped eating breakfast and lunch for the most part unless I'm really hungry because whenever I eat it costs me at least 5 bathroom trips that I don't have time for at work. I'm getting ready to start Remicade and I'm trying not to get my hopes up that it will make me better because I don't want to think about if it doesn't.

Have you talked to your doctor about your feelings with the Asacol?


Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


novus99
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   Posted 12/30/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
sicklygirl said...
I really wish you the best. You sound exactly like me, skipping meals to make it through work. It is sad. I am not only frustrated with this illness but also with the fact that I can't excel at work because of this condition. I am unhappy with where I am in my life and having this illness is holding me back. I can't change paths or go to school because I am constantly experiencing some kind of negative symptom of being sick. Of course according to my boyfriend it is merely "an excuse". So insulting...

I would love to be able to get up and feel good everyday but I don't. Today I have a flu and I didn't go to work so I ate breakfast and had the craps. A couple weeks ago it seemed like it was improving but now it seems like it is back to badly flaring. I am worried I will be in your shoes soon, on to much more serious treatment and worried about surgery. I know it is early for me to stress about this but I do. I haven't talked to my Dr because i've only been on the Asacol for a few weeks and I don't want to give up before I give it a chance [img]/community/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I am trying to think positive but my bathroom trips are telling me the opposite. You are so young, I really hope you can find something that works for you for the longterm. I feel like I never read about anyone who is in remission from medications for years and years. I hope it is possible. I just want to be able to be myself and live my life. I have enough going on without the constant bathroom trips. Sorry to spew this big vent but I am feeling so down today. I am a slave to the toilet.





I know exactly what you mean. I haven't been able to work since october and spend a lot of my time in the bathroom. Hang in there. sad

mbx5
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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Just the shells.... Heh on a similar note we recently had our septic pumped....and yes, lots of asacol tablets in there.....
34 yr old male. UC for 14 years. Started left-sided, most recent scope shows pancolitis. 40mg pred (as of 12/16/08), 12 pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics, Multivitamin. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!) "I poop in the woods because I can"


RobinByrd
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   Posted 12/31/2008 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the above posted...my doctor said it was the shells of the pills too...he explained they were a harder shell and the medication does dissolve before going through the system. It is unsettling seeing medication where it shouldn't be though isn't? : )
Dx-May 2007  Asacol-2400mg bid  Prednisone-20mg  Remicade-4 Tx
Paxil-40mg  Prilosec-bid  Multivitamin  Moderate/Severe Pancolitis
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and a Wife for almost 2 years!
Life has never been so sweet!  I appreciate the small things in life...the little joys that occur every second of every day.  Though we struggle and have crazy complications, nothing can over ride our love and happiness.


stewdoug25
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   Posted 12/31/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there sicklygirl. Eventually you will fall into remission, it's just a matter of time. Just don't be afraid to try more advanced treatments. They seem to have much better overall success rates than asacol and the dreaded (gasp!) prednisone. After my colonoscopy, the doctor is pretty sure that he will start me on Remicade. And I was always one who was reluctant to try the scary experimental stuff.

I too have had full asacol pills in the toilet too. I often wonder what the point of taking them is, if they go straight into the john. As if we don't spend enough $$ on medicine, we like to see it working at least, or at least being metabolized.
25, Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis 7/2006
Current Treatment: Asacol (3pills 2X/day), Rowasa, Prednisone (currently on 5mg, tapering from 40mg since September 2008), Imuran 50mg, Ultimate Flora probiotics, digestive enzymes
Status: Worst flare so far, since August
First colonoscopy coming up on Monday....nervous!

Post Edited (stewdoug25) : 12/31/2008 7:16:09 AM (GMT-7)


Christine1946
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   Posted 12/31/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
     Have you tried the rectal meds in addition to the other medications?
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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