Asacol and headaches

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Adam1184
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all,

So I've been taking Asacol since march of 08 and never really seemed to have any side effects at all. I recently just upped my dosage a bit but not to an amount I haven't done before. But lately, I've been waking up in the middle of night with mild to terrible headaches. My head is still killing me right now! It might be just a coincidence that I'm getting these headaches just as I upped the dosage but I thought see if anyone else has had an experience like this while on Asacol?
Male
7/21/85
Diagnosed 2/08
10 Asacol per day
Trying to eat healthy
Misses chocolate and ice cream...


fruitgirl
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Seems like something else is going on, if you've been on that amount before with no problems. Are you sleeping in a funny position that might cause neck pain and thus the headache? Or are you perhaps having some sinus issues? I know that when I'm stuffy I often wake up with headaches...I guess it's because the gunk kind of pools in my sinuses or something. If it doesn't get better soon, schedule and appointment with your general doctor.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Blue220
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 191
   Posted 8/6/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I began my journey with Asacol and had headaches that started a while after. I moved on to Lialda and it got better for a bit, but the headaches returned with a vengeance. I was taking 4.8 g of Lialda for a while, and that absolutely killed my head. I have since backed off to half that dose (since I take Imuran), and I'm better but I still get headaches. I think they might be from low iron right now, but I don't need any other factors.

As I've often ignored before and now I regret it...if something prevents you from sleeping, get it checked out. That's really no fun.
22 years old

Diagnosed with moderate/severe UC June 2007, I've had it since December 2006.

Haven't been on here in a while (finally graduated college).
Update as of 5/26/09 - Now taking Imuran 100mg/day.
2 Lialda/day.
Vitamins - Caltrate+D, iron, A, B12,
Flintstone Complete+iron, and aloe vera pills/juice.
At least I'm off the Entocort. =]


Adam1184
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 8/6/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Come to think of it Fruitgirl, the worst nights I've had was lastnight and a night last week when my gf slept over. I use a different (crappier) pillow when she stays over. I bet that plays a big part and I also that I'm sharing a bed (she's a huge bed hog!). My sinuses could also be playing a part.

Thanks for both of your inputs! That doesn't sound enjoyable at all Laura! I am starting to think that it's not the Asacol. I'll see how the next few nights go to determine if i should see a doctor. I generally like to avoid going...
Male
7/21/85
Diagnosed 2/08
10 Asacol per day
Trying to eat healthy
Misses chocolate and ice cream...


Rio in Maryland
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 891
   Posted 8/6/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had headaches before getting diagnosed with UC, but after getting UC I used to have severe headaches every couple of weeks that would last for hours.

The weird thing is that once I started taking fiber supplements the headaches reduced in intensity and frequency and now I rarely have headaches.

I'm guessing that there was some sort of toxic build up that was happening that was then triggering the headaches, and somehow taking fiber supplements helps get those toxins out of the system.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

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