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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Does alcohol make attacks worse?  thinking beer??

glamourgirl
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
While I'm drinking, alcohol actually calms my colon but the next day I usually pay for it. I am a big wine drinker though so I just plan those days accordingly. If I have to do something the next day, I don't drink but if I know that I don't have to be anywhere (usually the weekends), I'll indulge. Everyone is different and the only way to know is to try.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


Peety
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   Posted 2/20/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Beer and wine in moderation doesn't bother me, but hard alcohol and too much wine always gives me lots of trouble.

I've been drinking Heineken lite which is supposed to be very low in gluten, if you have a gluten issue. There are wheat/gluten-free beers, but you can't usually get them in bars or restaurants (and they don't taste as good).
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


UCgoaway
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   Posted 2/20/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I found that beer doesn't affect me too much. But I had Grey Goose and Red Bull and that tore me up the next day. I'm thinking it was the Sucralose in it. I drank Grey Goose and OJ the next weekend and was fine. I just suggest trying it at home before you over-indulge out and about.
Current Regimen:
 
30mg Pred (tapering)
3 x 3 Colazal
BuSpar for GAD
Forvia multivitamin
Align Probiotic
Turmeric, Boswellia, Fish Oil, and Milk Thistle (for my liver)


Serenity Now
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   Posted 2/20/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, as the others have said, everyone is different so you will have to find out for yourself. But for me, I have found alcohol of any kind to be the number 1 worst thing for my whole system, whether flaring or not.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds:  Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), Ferrous Sulfate



qwerty1
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm the same as ack2009 - alcohol is a definite no-no for me no matter what condition my colon is in!

22 year old female, from the UK
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone steroids - had no effect!
 
Currently taking daily: 9 x 400mg Asacol tablets, plus Fybogel fibre supplement and vitamin tablet.


Howright
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   Posted 2/20/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Moderation for me. 
 
Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.
 


unclebubba
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   Posted 2/20/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
moderation for me. although wine tends to be nopt so good on my colon.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


goforbroke
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   Posted 2/20/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It's not even worth the risk drinking during a flare up. Doesn't beer give you the craps already? Thats usually what it does to me and everybody else I know. If it upsets people who have normal stomach just imagine what it will do to use. Thats just the way I look at it. Maybe beer has some settling qualities to it but I doubt it.

Christine1946
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   Posted 2/20/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
     Glamorgirl....if you are on 6MP, the label states NOT to drink alcohol while on the drug.  I should talk...had a mudslide every night while in AC.  Three nights in a row..woo hooo!  Hope my liver is ok.
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.


dodge08
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   Posted 2/20/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Beer is a no-no because of the carbonation - wine seems to be okay - but again in moderation
Male 38, diagnoised in 1998, first major flare in November 2008, have had 2 remicade infusions
decreasing predisone, take folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, HMP powder and a multi vitamin


IndianaUC
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   Posted 2/20/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just about to make mention of this and then I saw this post. I had some wine last night and as soon as I could feel any effects on me I also noticed my bottom beginning to burn. I've never had any issue with it before. I've recently starting feeling better in just the past week. Better BMs and less bleeding with no mucous. After the wine(and I only had 2 glasses)I had to go to the bathroom right away and was totally cleaned out. I spent all day in bed exhausted with my bottom on fire. This sucks!
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily


unclebubba
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   Posted 2/20/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
only causes the craps with me if i had WAY to much. LOL. and here again each of us would be different on what is way to much. Since UC I've been careful not to have WAY to much and have had no problems with "the craps". But before UC I had been known to have WAY to much on occassion. But as long as I go with moderation, I've been fine
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


ediekristen
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   Posted 2/21/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
The last two days I've had two (four total) Seagram's "malt liquor" drinks, you know, the girly wine coolers... at night when I've gotten home from work. I also had my 2nd remicade infusion on Thursday. My stomach hasn't been bothering me much but tonight I had to rush to the bathroom and when I went, blood just poured out, clots and everything. Little freaked out, haven't seen blood in about a week and that's the most I've seen in months. Wonder if it has something to do with the (small amount) of alcohol..
Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg
First Remicade infusion 2/5/09


pamm
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   Posted 2/21/2009 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
The alcohols are injurious to health. They effect the people very fast.
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jaky001
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   Posted 2/21/2009 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi friends

I am Joseph from London Newly visited this site. This is very important message for all the people who take alcohol. So plz leave the alcohol.

Joseph
Colon Cancer News & Discussion Forum

glamourgirl
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   Posted 2/21/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Christine1946 said...
     Glamorgirl....if you are on 6MP, the label states NOT to drink alcohol while on the drug.  I should talk...had a mudslide every night while in AC.  Three nights in a row..woo hooo!  Hope my liver is ok.

My GI said it was okay to have an occassional drink.  I actually have more than an occassional one though.  I was on 6MP for 2 1/2 years and drank every weekend and my labs for my liver always came back normal.  I stopped taking 6MP about a month ago so I could start on LDN. 
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
LDN - 2/17/09 1.5 mg.
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


shortstuff1
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   Posted 2/21/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
about alcohol... I come from a family of Italians who love to have cocktails... specifically wine and beer. I'm 29 years old and was just recently diagnosed with UC in November of 08. I had symptoms for over a year but ignored them. I thought it was hemmoroids!! How stupid, I know! I used to enjoy drinking a lot on the weekends and a couple or so glasses during the week. I'm really afraid of drinking any more than that now. I so far have not had any issues with just a couple of glasses of wine or a couple of beers. Christmas eve was the one time I drank too much but I was in a flare-up. I paid dearly.... thankfully I was still taking the steroid enemas at that time so the steroids calmed my colon when I got home and was in miserable pain. I would think that these days while I'm in remission, it wouldn't have bothered me so bad. I'm thankful to have found a forum where you can actually talk to others who 'GET IT'. Thanks for the posts... I look forward to learning more from you all! wink

Peety
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   Posted 2/21/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
ediekristen said...
The last two days I've had two (four total) Seagram's "malt liquor" drinks, you know, the girly wine coolers... at night when I've gotten home from work. I also had my 2nd remicade infusion on Thursday. My stomach hasn't been bothering me much but tonight I had to rush to the bathroom and when I went, blood just poured out, clots and everything. Little freaked out, haven't seen blood in about a week and that's the most I've seen in months. Wonder if it has something to do with the (small amount) of alcohol..

That's what happens with me if I have hard liquor, even just a splash or two. 
I see lots of red blood, even if I had been doing well. 
 
It does seem silly that we can't get by without having an alcoholic drink in certain environments. But it is what it is.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/21/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never completely stopped drinking but I definitely keep it to a minimum if I am flaring badly. I also try to avoid yeasty beverages like beer moreso than liquor. I don't like to use sugary mixers. Usually ill have a vodka martini or something along those lines. Lately I have been feeling okay & I have been drinking beer and wine more.

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)


Shadam
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   Posted 2/21/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   

I can have an occasional 3-4 drinks on a Friday or Saturday.  It has to be a heineken product.  Sometimes, after my first drink have a an urge to go, but after the first it's fine...the next day is usually never that bad. 

I definitley can;t drink like I used to...


Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day
Metamucil - 1/2 tablespoon daily


Northvetter
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   

I usually drink red wine but will have have few beers once in a while.  My beer of choice used to be Stella, but can't anymore because it makes me go...  I too drink  Heineken and I have no problem with it. The other beer that seems ok for me is Coors Light. Drinking less then before may be a good thing... tongue  

 

Diagnosed with Pancolitis February 2008

Meds.  Asacol 800mg X 3/Day

Flare ups: prednisone from 40mg for 7 days, 30mg/7 days etc...

Vit. D and calcium.


unclebubba
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   Posted 2/25/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Am doing so much better now... Have switched from NO gluten to LOW gluten. I've found I can drink my favorite bud lite again. Still keep it to moderation. And still lean toward heineken lite... but have drank a few budlites on a regular basis lately with no ill side effects.....
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 2/25/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcohol in general is hard on the colon, so I'd be leary...just heard on the news the other day the research has shown that alcohol can slightly increase the risk of cancer specifically for women and the GI tract especially the rectom was noted, there's something to think about.

:)
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