I am sick with the Flu - Is it okay to take aspirins?

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   Posted 4/6/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sick and fell like crap. No CU flare (in remission on asacols). Are normal aspirins okay to eat?
I know there are sorts that are not okay, but normal aspirins?

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   Posted 4/6/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Aspirin is not recommended at all for us. Try Tylenol instead. It will reduce your fever and is just as good for aches and pains, but takes a bit longer to take effect.

Feel better soon.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"

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   Posted 4/6/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
You really should avoid taking any NSAIDs because it can often promote bleeding in the GI tract (aspirin, advil, aleve, ect).

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

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   Posted 4/6/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I take aspirin with the OK of my GI....but I don't recommend it to others.

Tylenol works good for aches and pains of the body and headaches that are fever related. At least for me, it works better than aspirin.

I only take aspirin for headaches that Tylenol don't touch.

I've promised my GI that I won't use ibuprophen or naproxen....

hope you feel better soon...

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares, tapered to maintenance  mild flare nightly enemas
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 4/6/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Is ibuprophen bad as well? i take ibuprophen/asprin because my headaches are really bad- i get it ones or twice in 15/30 days... Tylenol just doesnt work for me at all. I never knew asprin/ ibuprophen are bad!
Right now -FLARING (after my Rubella vaccination)
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly...doubled during flare
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!
Meeting with Doc next month - not yet on oral medication - Doc wants to try just Canasa first!
Also started Probiotic from 23 Mar & fresh Turmeric root from 25 March'09

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   Posted 4/6/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, you shouldn't take ibuprophen either, unfortunately.
Or Aleve, although I admit to taking it now and then when my back hurts or I have cramps because it is the only thing besides an Rx painkiller that will work.
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, tried to taper but now back up to 20-30 after several really bad days. Waiting for insurance decison on Humira...soon... 

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   Posted 4/6/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Try taking painkillers with cafeine. That's generally what the 'strong' or 'rapid' type of painkillers have with the normal ones to make them work faster or stronger
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis December 2008
Treating with:
-Prednisone (6mg - tapering (slowly...) from 40mg)
-Pentasa x8 a day
-Pentasa enema once daily
Also taking Iron supplements and Multi-vitamins

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