Valium for traveling?

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   Posted 7/15/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked a few days ago, but never received an answer from anyone.. I was diagnosed the 1st of the year..since then the only flare ups I have had are when I am traveling, which is often. I have read here and on the net that valium may help me relax and stop starting a flare up.. I have never been on valium before and dont want my new dr to think I am drug seeking.. Just wanted some advice if this is something I should ask about..thanks in advance..
Diagnosed Feb 09.

100 mg. Imuran
40 mg Pred.
4.8 mg Lialda

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   Posted 7/15/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
     Ask your doctor.  My GI doctor was very reluctant to put me on xanax but while flaring I get extremely anxious.  I have no idea whether the flare causes the anxiety or the anxiety contributes to the flare.  I suppose a little of both.  He only prescribed me 0.5 mgm and the bottle contains 40 pills with a strict NO REFILL on the bottle.  Maybe your family physician would be more willing to give you a script for valium.
     By the way...I also am on 100 mgm of 6MP and today decreased my prednisone from 40 mgm to 35 mgm...weekly decreases by 5mgm.  Also taking Cort enemas and Canasa suppositories, Colazal (nine pills a day).  Are you feeling any better?  I do believe this high dose of 6MP is making me feel extremely fatigued but yet I cannot sleep without the Ambien CR....ugh....bummer.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.

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   Posted 7/15/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I feel a little better...I am def. more fatigued since they upped my dose of 6mp.. I am 26 and feel like I am a bum and I think my work and friends think I am on drugs or something because I feel so lazy. Not sure if the valium is the answer or not.. just curious.. the last 3 trips that I had to fly I started showing symptoms of a flare up and now I have had to up all my meds since the last trip.. I think it is the stress and anxiety of it all, but who knows.. Wish I could just find this so called remission for a while.. Thanks all for the support..
Diagnosed Feb 09.

100 mg. Imuran
40 mg Pred.
4.8 mg Lialda

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   Posted 7/15/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I use .25-.75 of xanax on days I'm flying or taking a train or bus. Works like a charm. I also use it for job interviews or other special events that get the bowels going. My primary rx'd it.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 7/16/2009 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Most definately I would reccommend a Xanax or something to help with extra stressors like traveling, etc... from time to time.. When I flew back to South Carolina for my Son's graduation from Army boot Camp, I took one every day of my entire trip... I was traveling alone and totally sressed out.... People who don't have IBD can deal with stress and don't get sick... We get sick with stress.... My Dr. Prescribes them to me and I get 30 pills every 3 months. I only end up using like 1/2 of the prescription.. but I keep getting it renewed every 3 months for times like I'm going through right now, I'm on so many steroids, I am taking it more often, and it has been helping me IMMENSLY to cope.. Stess is a HUGE trigger for me and if you feel it might be for you I'd definately ask your doctor.. maybe he can just prescribe you a few to get you through this trip, and then if another situation down the road comes up, he can give you a few more then and so on... He might feel more comfortable with RX'ing it that way... Some Dr's are so paraniod about prescribing it, but as long as you don't have an addictive personality.. you should do just fine with a little extra help now and then :)
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  Status as of June 30th, 2009 :  Flaring for the last 7 or 8 months with blood, mucus PAIN..... Meds are: Prednisone 60mg daily,  Apriso 2 pills 2x a day.. I take Xanax when needed and Ambien for sleep... Nexium in the am for heartburn..   Culturelle 2 times a day...

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   Posted 7/16/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I also use Xanax to deal with anxiety. Even when my symptoms are pretty much under control, I still have those unpredictable days where I don't know if I'm going to need the bathroom while I'm out and about. Typically I only need .125 mgs. but sometimes I'll take .25 mgs. I only take one dose a few times a week. My doctor prescribed 30 pills with no refills about 3 months ago and I still have about 7 pills left (I only take a 1/2).

It really sucks with this disease because prior to UC, I never had anxiety and was the most laid back person. The disease itself gives me anxiety. I wish it would all just go away!!!
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
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Ferrex Forte
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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   

After trying three kinds of anxiety drugs - Xanax is my medication of choice (doctor's choise also).  My husband and I both take Xanax - 1/2 doses usually, as needed.  As helped me through some tough times traveling and when he was ill.  You may find you have to try several types as we are all different - starting with small doses!


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   Posted 7/16/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Guess I will just ask about it and see what the dr says. I am curious to see what he will say... I just have found it strange that my flare ups have been during or just after my flights for whatever reason.. I was told that most dr don't like Rx that kind of med to the younger crowd. Would be nice to get just a few to try and see if it helps. Who knows.... Thanks all for the advice.
Diagnosed Feb 09.

100 mg. Imuran
40 mg Pred.
4.8 mg Lialda

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   Posted 7/16/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc gave me some xanax to help with the stress of being prohibited from using the restroom in a plane (when flying into DC especially, they would arrest you). I didn't find it made any difference. BTW, I never had an accident, it was just stress. Sometimes I would feel tremendous urgency, but once I had access to a restroom, it subsided. Head games my body played on me, but the xanax didn't help me.
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 7/16/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
my doc prescribed valium. it helps with relaxing etc... but it doesnt stop a flare.
steph - 33 - female - gold coast australia - UC since 2000
was in remission until i quit smoking 5 weeks ago  o.O  now im flaring like a solar flare!
waiting for blood test to see if i can start imuran
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
just finished 3 months of prednisolone (worked) and now back on 40mg a day (ick)
quercertin tablets, tumeric capsules, vitamin d3, enteric coated fish oil
pre-conception vitamins and minerals (cuz we trying to make a baby)
oxycontin for pain every 4 hours.  plastic bags in the loo from the involuntary puking.
i still eat what i want, when i want, if i feel like eating at all ... diet doesn't affect my UC.

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   Posted 8/13/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I always flare when we travel. I figured it was the different food and eating patterns. Our usual trips are to see family in a different part of the country and they eat differently, and also so much of our "togetherness" is centered around meals, it's really hard not to eat things that are tough on me. But, in any case - My doc has prescribed atavan and it has helped. last time I thought I was fine and only took it once - and have been dealing with the consequences for a month!
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