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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 3/13/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Otherwise known as Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatories. e.g. Asprin.
Now I am told that Asacol is like an Asprin but for the Colon....
I have been having stomach ulcers (twice now) in the 18 months I have been taking Asacol. Does anyone else have a problem with anti-inflammotories and does this mean I have go the natural route?

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis currently under some. Current Medication: 500mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.

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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
     I used to take Asacol before the doctor switched me to Colazal.  He never mentioned either one of those as causing stomach ulcers.  He did have me on Nexium while I took prednisone last year though.
     I went to a foot doctor last night and it seems like I have the beginning of spur.  She gave me some medication which wraps around the  affected area.  I wrapped my foot and then decided to read the pamphlet which came with the medication.   Well, guess's a NSAID and could cause gastrointestinal bleeding.  I quick took it off and washed my foot.  She knows I have UC!  I am just soaking the foot in real warm water.  It seems to help some.  I also am doing foot exercises.
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/ 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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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 3/13/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Side effects of Asacol on the GI system [taken from the prescribing information]: "Gastrointestinal: Anorexia, pancreatitis, gastritis, increased appetite, cholecystitis, dry mouth, oral ulcers, perforated peptic ulcer (rare), bloody diarrhea. There have been rare reports of hepatotoxicity including, jaundice, cholestatic jaundice, hepatitis, and possible hepatocellular damage including liver necrosis and liver failure.

THAT'S WHAT SCARES ME! I have been having Gastritis and Ulcer problems in the stomach.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patchy Colitis. Also suffer from Peptic Ulcers could be related to Asacol. Current Medication: 500mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.

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   Posted 3/13/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, please, please take all that prescibing info with a grain of salt. I participated in that drug study and they needed to know everything that I experienced, even when I knew it had nothing to do with the drug or was the disease itself. It's way overkill, and cover-their-ass type stuff.

The special thing about asacol is the coating, which should only dissolve when it reaches the ph level found in your colon. So it should not affect your stomach at all. Of course, I suppose bodies can be different in which case it might not work right. I guess you have to pay attention to how you it makes you feel.

I admit to taking Aleve now and then when I'm in pain from an aching back. I hate pain. I have a oxycodone too but try to use it judiciously. I do think I see more blood if I have taken Aleve for too many days.
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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, trying 15/20 mg. Appt 3/6 to discuss Humira, etc.   

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   Posted 3/13/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
NSAIDs are not the same as 5ASA which is in asacol, pentasa, ect.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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