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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/24/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UC and IBS approximately 5 years ago.  I have been in and out of remission during this time.  I am on Asacol 400 mg x2 tabs twice a day.  My white blood cell count has always been chronically low but now is extremely low, 1.7. I had a phone message from my doctor saying that it could be the Ascol that is causing the problem.  I am extremely nervous to go off of Asacol.  Is there anyone else with the same problem and what did you do?

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/24/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Not heard of that with asacol. Usually symptom of the immune blockers.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
     My wbc was 1.6 on Aug 5th and the doctor took me off the 6MP pronto.  He had me on too high of a dose, 100 mgm.  I had a repeat WBC drawn on Friday and am calling the doctor tomorrow to find out the results.  When not on the 6MP or lower dosage, my WBC is much better.  You should have other blood work done to rule out other problems.  Did the doctor mention that to you?  I have been on Colazal for years and it never lowers the white count, nor did prednisone.   What was the result of your differential?  Monocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes?
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare.  Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH

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