Strattera for ADD cured my UC??

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Tofu4Dinner
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   Posted 7/23/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UC in 2000. I went into complete remission in late 2004 for about 8 months. For about 9 months after that it came back intermittently and I could mostly control it with diet, as long as I avoided cheese, fruits and roughage. I was then put on Strattera for my adult ADD. My UC went into complete remission again until last month when I was taken off Strattera and put on Adderall. Once again, UC is back with a vengeance. One of the side effects of Strattera is constipation and when I told my doctor that I thought that the constipating effect of Strattera counteracted my UC and that was why it was back, he said he thought it was a coincidence. So, I'm wondering if any of you here have taken Strattera and if you had a similar experience.
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back - waiting to hear back from doctor about what to take.


jeanneac
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   Posted 7/23/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe it just caused constipation which helped the usual diarrhea of UC. It may have masked the fact that you still had UC. Just a thought. Hope you are feeling better soon!
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location, sigmoid colon
 50 +  female
 colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, VSL#3 probiotic.
Blood test positive for Crohn's for whatever that is worth-:)
 


Tofu4Dinner
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   Posted 7/23/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jeanneac, thanks for your reply. I think you are right in that Strattera "masked" my UC symptoms and didn't cure them. I know there is no cure for UC. But to me, it's almost worth it to get back on Strattera, even though it's not as good an ADD medication as Adderall is. I just started Canasa suppositories (1000mg x 2 daily). So far, so good. rolleyes
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back.
July 23, 2009 - Canasa suppositories - 1000mg x 2 a day


Red_34
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   Posted 7/23/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope the Canasa works for you. My son is on Adderall and he likes it much better too. He tried two other ADD meds before he chose Adderall. The problem with some meds that can "mask" the symptoms is that it your colon can be getting worse and you would never know it. Granted it can be making you feel better but at what cost? When was the last time you had a colonoscopy? Have you had one while being on Strattera? I'm just curious to see if your colon looked good under the scope while on Strattera.
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Tofu4Dinner
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   Posted 7/24/2009 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Red_34,

Eeek! I hadn't even thought that my colon might be getting worse while on the Strattera. I thought that as long as I wasn't having episodes that all was good and have not had a colonoscopy since 2001. My GI wants me to call him today to schedule an appointment. I'm sure he'll want to do another colonoscopy and I do too after what I've gone thru the last month. Also, I'm 47 now and my aunt (my mother's 1/2 sister) was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 47 (diagnosed at stage IV) and died 2 years later from complications of it.

Tofu
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back.
July 23, 2009 - Canasa suppositories - 1000mg x 2 a day


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 7/24/2009 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe your UC is triggered by stress or anxiety and being on Strattera kept that under control? Just a guess, as I don't know much about ADD.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa suppository occasionally


Tofu4Dinner
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   Posted 7/24/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Morning Rio,

Strattera did have a calming effect on my brain which helped me focus. The Adderall doesn't seem to have as much of a calming effect on the brain but it works much better for me as far as the focus. Not sure why. I'm also taking Zoloft (150mg/daily) and Xanax (.5mg x 2). I do have a stressful job so I'm sure that does not help. I'm actually looking into taking short-term disability while I try to get this under control.

Tofu
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back.
July 23, 2009 - Canasa suppositories - 1000mg x 2 a day


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 7/24/2009 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Tofu,

Also in response to your name, do you eat tofu often? I'm vegetarian and tofu was part of my regular protein intake, and a weakness too as I really like Chinese and Thai food.

However, after seeing a couple of eastern practitioners they advised on cutting down on the tofu as it's fermented and also some places add a lot of preservatives to their tofu. The main reason to cut down on tofu was that it's a food that creates heat in the body (some foods are cooling and some generate heat) and hot foods do not help when the colon is already inflamed.

That being said, I still treat myself to the occasional tofu meal, especially a place close to home that makes an amazing kung pao tofu.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa suppository occasionally


Tofu4Dinner
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   Posted 7/25/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Rio,

Yes, I was a vegetarian (almost vegan but I ate fish) but now eat meat thanks to UC, since it seems to be the most tolerable thing for me physically. I eat alot of soy cheese, soy meats (Boca burgers, Morningstar Farms "sausage", Tofurky, etc.). Only this week did I decide to cut down/out the soy to see how my body will respond, as I read somewhere else that soy could be aggrevating the UC. Then I read your post and decided it is worth a try. That's interesting about some foods creating heat and some cooling. Do you have a link or more info on that? I'm taking a class in Eastern Religion and Philosophy now and I'm finding alot of their beliefs and practices very interesting. Thanks Rio!

Tofu
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back.
July 23, 2009 - Canasa suppositories - 1000mg x 2 a day

(Zoloft 150mg/daily; Xanax .5mg x 2)


jeanneac
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   Posted 7/25/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tofu,
Glad you are feeling a little better. It is hard having IBD and other problems because so many meds affect the colon and its motility. It's like we have to find a balance with all of the medications and that is NO easy task. I wrestle with IBS as well and struggle with the antidepressants. Some of the ones that are good for my IBS/IBD give me other side effects and others that make me feel good mentally really mess with my colitis. Ugh! It is frustration city. I took zoloft for years but it started making my colitis worse so I had to go back on the cymbalta.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location, sigmoid colon
 50 +  female
 colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, VSL#3 probiotic.
Blood test positive for Crohn's for whatever that is worth-:)
 


Tofu4Dinner
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 7/25/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Jean,

It really is a frustrating disease, isn't it? I'm a bit concerned that the only reason I'm feeling a little better is because I am hardly eating a thing. I'm about to eat some Cream of Rice because I'm feeling lightheaded. At least I'm home and near the bathroom. rolleyes

Tofu
2000 - Diagnosed with UC
Asacol - didn't help - quit taking after 8 months.
Prednisone for 1 year - weakened my teeth to the point that some broke - quit taking.
2004 - Remission for 9 months! Woot!
2005 - Began taking Strattera for ADD and colitis went back into remission!
June 2009 - off the Strattera and colitis is back.
July 23, 2009 - Canasa suppositories - 1000mg x 2 a day

(Zoloft 150mg/daily; Xanax .5mg x 2)


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 7/25/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Tofu,

It's difficult finding the right balance of foods, especially when on a vegetarian diet. But once you work through it, it makes a huge difference.

I used to eat meat as a kid but stopped when I was 14. When I was first diagnosed my doctor actually recommended eating the exact opposite of what my diet was to see if that changed things. But I didn't want to start meat again, so I added eggs to my diet. His advice makes sense to me as food does aggravate or trigger UC symptoms.

I ate a lot of fake meats like Morningstar sausages and salami, but those contain a lot of artificial flavorings and are often made of gluten, so I avoid them too.

Since you eat fish, fish and rice should be a good combo for you.

Yes, Eastern treatments have a lot to offer. Many of them are centuries old and have been proven over time; unfortunately there are also a lot of quacks out there, so it's important to do some background checks on them - qualifications, licenses, references from their clients, experience with dealing with UC.

Juicing veggies (spinach, carrots) and taking supplements has helped me too - Probiotics, Soft/smooth fiber (not coarse), a few tbsps of cold-pressed flax oil several times a week.

I think the important thing is to eat/drink stuff that 'pampers' your system (for lack of a better word). Foods that are easy to digest, provide necessary nutrition, and give your digestive system a chance to take it easy and heal.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa suppository occasionally

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