Does anyone think Claritin helps their symptoms

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   Posted 3/11/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Claritin (or Loratadine) 10 mg and swear it has been helping me tremendously.  I don't know if it's a coincidence or not.   Anyone else take alllergy meds and think it helps with your UC symptoms?
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Asacol 1200 mg (3 pills) 3 times a day
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   Posted 3/11/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on allergy meds consistantly now for over 4 years and no, it hasn't made much a difference with my symptoms. But it makes sense, many of us have allergy induce flares. Settle the allergy, settle the Uc. Allergies are nothing more than a histamine reaction brought on by the immune system due to foreign objects such as pollen, dander, mold, mildew etc.
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   Posted 3/11/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
It is possible. My son had missed a few days in a row of his Zyrtec-D and had a mini-flare that lasted just under a week. I wondered about it at the time, and now with what you said...

Mom of Son 17 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine 6g, Azasan 75mg, Cortafoam (when flaring), folic acid, L. Reuteri, Culturelle, Zyrtec, Iron, Vit/Min

Daughter 10 UC dx 08/07 Colazal 750mg x 3, 6MP 12.5mg, Iron, Vit/Min., Culturelle

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   Posted 3/11/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Allergies can trigger flares. When I first found out that I had Colitis, I immediately got tested for allergies. I had just taken up hiking, and both times I had a flareup, I got them in the fall (August). I thought perhaps my flareups were due to an allergic reaction to the foliage in the hills. It turned out that I wasn't allergic to anything. It wasn't a waste of time getting tested though. It ruled out one reason for getting Colitis.
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Lexapro (for stress)
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Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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   Posted 3/11/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Antihistamines can cause C, so if you have D it may help to dry things up a bit
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   Posted 3/11/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Many use antihistamines as part of their IBD regime because for them it does actually help their IBD symptoms so mine as well stick with it daily or how ever many times a week you take it, especially if it's helping your IBD symptoms.

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   Posted 3/11/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have bad allergies. I should give it a try.

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December 08 but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol 400mg (9 a day)

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   Posted 3/12/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Take it from one who knows, antihistamines may help your UC a bit but they can also lead to iron deficiency, depression, and reduced immunity to colds and flu!
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.
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   Posted 3/28/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
What allergy pills are safe to take when you have iron deficiency and UC?

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December 08 but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol 400mg (9 a day)

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