Do sleep aids cause flare to increase?

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saposs
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   Posted 4/29/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently appeared for my exam - i was taking exam after nearly a decade. I have always been a good student and exams never worried me - this time was different - i lost sleep 10 days prior to my exam - but since i badly wanted sleep so took Tylenol PM tablet at night - the day i took it - next day i had increased flare up!! So i preferred staying sleepless than taking the medicine.

I was wondering do these sleep aids cause flare to increase?

Good news is -i scored more than i expected i would :-)
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


subdued
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   Posted 4/29/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about the Tylenol PM. Perhaps someone else does.

Your flare could have increased from the added stress of losing sleep and having an exam.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


Ghena
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   Posted 4/29/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
i also have never heard of sleep aids causing a flare. I agree with Joy that your flare may have been from the stress of having to take the exam, especially that u havent taken one in a loooong time. Lack of sleep i think would also cause one's system to go out of whack..
feel well
Ghena 31 UC

saposs
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   Posted 4/29/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
yes! i guess so.... i was very tensed - what ever little i slept - i dreamt of maths-algebra-geometry!! :-)
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


Christine1946
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   Posted 4/30/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
     I agree with subdued.  I take Tylenol PM...well actually not Tylenol brand but the store brand cause it is cheaper....at least three times a week because I have had trouble sleeping since being hospitalized last year and I am still in remission.  I believe it is the stress causing your bleeding.  Why don't you try a mild anti-anxiety med?
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.


Peety
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Trazadone (rx) and it doesn't irritate me.
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 wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Bad flare in March, seasonal? Back on prednisone 40mg, down to 10mg so far so good... Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ 


mudua
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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Melatonin which is a sleep aid is a very powerful anti-oxidant and I have found out that taking at least 20 mg of melatonin before I sleep lessons my 'morning flares' dramatically

 

 

 

saposs said...
I recently appeared for my exam - i was taking exam after nearly a decade. I have always been a good student and exams never worried me - this time was different - i lost sleep 10 days prior to my exam - but since i badly wanted sleep so took Tylenol PM tablet at night - the day i took it - next day i had increased flare up!! So i preferred staying sleepless than taking the medicine.

I was wondering do these sleep aids cause flare to increase?

Good news is -i scored more than i expected i would :-)


Rider Fan
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   Posted 5/2/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
20mg? Isn't the usual dose 3mg?
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 12.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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doors12
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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
You shouldn't take tylenol PM every night its just benadryl with tylenol. Why subject your body to all the tylenol if you dont need it, just take benadryl or the generic kind of benedryl. I have been using something called "LunaSom" sold at Walgreens and it has so far been working very well for me. I am nowhere near as groggy as I am from benadryl. Plus I think taking benadryl every night made me more susceptible to colds etc... and I always wondered if it contributed to my UC - as I had been having trouble sleeping for a year or two before UC diagnosis, and had been frequently taking benadryl. I wonder if it could screw up the allergic response, taking anti-histamine every day?
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
(Generic Balsalazide not as effective for me)
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
I hate Ulcerative Colitis and can't wait till we eradicate it
 


mudua
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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Rider Fan said...
20mg? Isn't the usual dose 3mg?

3mg is the dose for sleep but you need at least 20 mg  melatonin  for IBD

Rider Fan
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   Posted 5/3/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My goodness that seems like a lot. It doesn't dope you up too much? I've never heard of using melatonin for IBD. Where did you hear about this use for it? Thanks!
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 12.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


mudua
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   Posted 5/3/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Rider Fan said...
My goodness that seems like a lot. It doesn't dope you up too much? I've never heard of using melatonin for IBD. Where did you hear about this use for it? Thanks!

Hi Rider
 
I first read about melatonin for IBD in a South African magazine. I did some research and found several sites supporting this treatment. See the link below
 
 
Melatonin takes a about  3 weeks to 'kick in'. The biggest benefit is that it almost stop 'morning flares'. I had had severe joint pains and after 3 weeks of melatonin my pains got reduced and today I no longer have joint pains. I believe that you can never overdose yourself with melatonin.
 
DMSO has similar benefits but it acts much faster. DMSO can reduce pain almost immediately.
 
You will be wasting your time with 3mg of melatonin a night. Melatonin only works if taken in large doses. The 'slow release' works much better but it's 3 times more expensive.
 
 

mudua
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   Posted 5/3/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Study Explores Melatonin as Treatment for Irritable Bowel Disease and Ulcerative colitis

See link below

http://insciences.org/article.php?article_id=2229

saposs
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   Posted 5/3/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks all for replies. i had never heard that Melatonin could help in IBD.

doors12: i had it for 5-6 days and after my exam my husband hid the medicine - he said try to sleep without them. I still wake up many times after 4-5:00 in morning.....I have started meditation. :-)
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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