Bloating and water retention on cortenema - any advice?

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 5/27/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I have been using cortisone (cortenemas) for about 3 weeks now, and I have gained 12 or so pounds - much of it in my swollen feet and ankles it seems! Does anyone have any advice? Can I take a diuretic to reduce the bloating and water retention?

Has anyone else experienced this - is it normal?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

Old Hat
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   Posted 5/27/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
You should check in with your doctor ASAP. Cortenemas do not usually cause side effects after a couple weeks of use. In the meantime you can try monitoring your salt intake-- because high salt in one's diet while on steroids increases water retention. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 5/27/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
oh yeah, I please call the doctor.

What other meds are you using as well?

Keep us posted as to the outcome of the call to your doc.

Are you able to take any 5 ASA meds such as asacol, rowasa..etc?

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   Posted 5/28/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to call your doctor. Swelling in the feet and ankles can indicate complications going on with your kidneys which is a rare side effect of cortesteroids. Do not take any diuretics unless you have specifically got the ok from your doctor.
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