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Kevster
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   Posted 6/7/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Hey,
 
I was on Dipentum (Olsalazine) recently as a compacted-tablet, and everything was fine.  However, I went to a different pharmacy recently and was given hard-capsules instead.  Ever since taking these, I haven't felt myself and I think that I'm allergic to something in the hard-capsule.  I noticed that Gelatin is used in these.  I study immunology and I know that Gelatin can act as an allergen.
 
Can anyone relate?
 
Age 26
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Diagnosed at age 22
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Symptoms since age 20
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Pancolitis


quincy
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   Posted 6/7/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had some meds that have not felt so good on, and maybe with changing to the new brand, it could be coincidence, subconscious or the fact that you're actually sensitive to gelatin or another filler in the med..What else is in the one you have? do you have a list of ingredients?

It's either you're allergic or you're not....that's a test you can easily find out I would think.

Is it a generic brand you've just been given? Can ask your pharmacy to give you the brand you used before...or ask the doctor to put EDS or exceptional Drug Status for the original med in your new prescription?

In what way are you not feeling yourself....are you flaring?

Have you made any other changes in foods, products, vitamins..etc?

Just a few more questions....not to say it isn't the new brand....there might be another thing going on.

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Kevster
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 6/8/2009 4:14 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hey,
 
I haven't made any other changes with regard to my diet. I'm just remembering something now too that when I eat jelly-based foods, I get the same response.  Basically, I seem to retain water and I've read that this is the body's way to dilute the allergen to lessen its effect.  I didn't take my meds last night and I already feel better today (my cheeks are less puffy too).  I'm going to go to my doctor.
Age 26
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Diagnosed at age 22
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Symptoms since age 20
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Pancolitis


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30587
   Posted 6/8/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
if you notice some connections, best to get it checked out as an allergy.

There are gelatin-free capsules as well....but you may be on the right track.

Let me know the outcome of your appt.

q
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Kevster
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 6/8/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks... I'm actually going to be going over and back to England twice this week (I live in Ireland) and won't be seeing my doc for a while.
 
Kevin
Age 26
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Diagnosed at age 22
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Symptoms since age 20
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Pancolitis

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