Question for those who have had colonoscopies

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   Posted 6/24/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
If one is currently taking Lialda or Asacol, when does one stop taking this medication prior to the procedure?

Thank you,

Mild pancolitis with some diverticular pockets diagnosed in April '08
Currently on 400 mg Asacol X 6 per day

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   Posted 6/24/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had 2 procedures already in like 6 months and I had continued taking Asacol through both of them.

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   Posted 6/24/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Ask your doctor what he/she wants you to do.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.

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   Posted 6/24/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I took them one time, and the pills did show up in the pictures. My opinion is to ask your doctor, but if you want a clearer pic, I would just wait until you get home to take your meds
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily

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   Posted 6/24/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely call the doc regarding the UC meds...but what you cannot do is to not take blood pressure or whatever else is necessary if you can take it without food.

Curious what purge you're doing Edward.

Remember, you can take the morning of the c-scope meds when you have breakfast the only one you might not mind to miss is the night before.

But, if you're on a 3 day fast type of thing or an all day purge or whatever kind other then the gallon prep, you should call the doc.

*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ 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 !!!

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   Posted 6/24/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Never was told to stop taking my meds.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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   Posted 6/24/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely check with your doctor. Mine wants patients to continue taking RXed meds; it's not hard to do as long as you can swallow a good amount of water with the pills. I asked once if the yellow from 5-ASA meds would not confuse the scope picture; my very experienced gastro replied that it does not interfere. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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