Asacol and Kidney Problems

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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just reading that people on Asacol should have their kidneys tested.  Does anyone know what kidney problems this medication can cause?
My Mom and Dad both were diagnosed with kidney cancer.  My Mom passed away 2 years ago from kidney cancer.  My Dad, thank God, is so far a cancer survivor. 
My concern is with my genetic risk of kidney cancer how concerned should I be taking Asacol?
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Asacol 2 tabs 3X daily
Rowasa Nightly

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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't know for sure but I think you should get your kidneys and liver checked regularly while you're on Asacol or any other IBD drugs. I have heard of people having longterm kidney issues from using these drugs but I don't think it has anything to do with cancer. Of course I am not a doctor and you should definitely check with your doctor for better info. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will respond.

I wish I could get my kidneys checked but I don't have insurance.

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)

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   Posted 2/24/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
curious if both your parents smoked?

I think that the issues would be separate...but creatinine levels should be checked if one is on 5ASA meds, regardles...that and of course liver enzyme levels.

There are also some cancer marker tests that you could have checked if you're concerned. Now, not all positive markers state one has cancer, as do a negative marker state one doesn't. They are helpful in diagnosis, or to alert if other tests would have to be done.

Have you done any research into the causes of kidney cancer? You might be able to get in with the doctors who have dealt with your parents to possibly do some tests to help in your worries.

If you haven't had any kidney enzyme tests done as of yet, you should enquire about it to your GI.

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   Posted 2/24/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -6) has a good description of potential kidney effects. No mention of cancer though.
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Flaxseed (2 tablespoons ground) - once per day; Vitamin D3 - 5000 IU once per day;
Asacol - 2 400mg pills 3 times per day
Diagnosed with pancolitis about a decade ago

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   Posted 2/24/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   

quincy & Tap

My Dad was a smoker but quit when I was very young.  My MOm never smoked, drank or anything else that would be harmful. 

I do have a CT scan of my kidneys on a regular basis.  When I went for my CT scan at the beginning of Januray when I was so sick and in so much pain they checked them again and that is when they suspected the UC and sent me to a GI. 

Thanks for the link to the article.  I will check it out.  I go back to the GI thursday to get the results of the colonoscopy.  I don't know what else will happen at that appointment.  I am on Asacol and Rowasa.  I was feeling better but the last two days have been awful.  Pain and numerous trips to the bathroom again.  So, I'm not sure what he will do about that when I go Thursday or if I should call today and let him know what is going on.  Any opinions?



Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Asacol 2 tabs 3X daily
Rowasa Nightly

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