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   Posted 8/23/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I know one of the side effects is loosing your hair.  I never did have that side effect.  However, I am getting my hair highlighted blond tomorrow.  Is this one of those drugs that interfere with hair coloring that I have to tell my beautician about?  I hope not .... I am new to this disease and the meds ... haven't told a lot of people yet except for close family and don't want to feel like coming clean with my hair dresser ...

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   Posted 8/23/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been on asacol for years and have had my hair highlighted. i've never had a problem.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, down to 20 mg pred.
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---fingers crossed!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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   Posted 8/23/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Not on Asacol but Colazal. If these drugs interfere w/ hair color I am in big trouble. Ha! Ha! My 'natural blonde' has to be highlighted every 6 weeks. I say you are good to go.

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day (attempting to cut this down to 6 by slowly tapering), acidopholis pearls, just added Prilosec OTC
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   Posted 8/23/2007 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have mine highlighted and there has never been a problem.

synthroid .088 mg, lowpressor 50 mg x 2, cozaar 25mg x2, imdur 30 mg
nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
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   Posted 8/23/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have dark brown hair naturally....I think, I dont remember my natural hair color but every six weeks I get my base color and every 12 weeks I get a highlight and I am blonde. Have been doing this for 5 years (hair coloring).

I have fine hair (not thin!) and a ton of it. It's really my favorite thing about my appearance and I have not had a problem with losing it or anything. Sporting a Farrah Fawcett do today.

The only med that ever affected my hair was Accutane and it was great for my hair b/c it is kind of oily so I have to wash it every day and on accutane, I could run out in the mornings and do errands w/out a baseball hat to cover my hair.
Beth, 31
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Lialda 1.2mg 1xday 8/24/07 (prev. Asacol 4800mg day)
Calcium and Vitamin D 600 mg 2xday
Simvastatin 20 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday (dx: hematuria w/proteinuria): I have normal blood pressure, this is for my kidney - waiting for a dx.

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   Posted 8/23/2007 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Ladies, it is good to know that I won't have a problem with my meds interfering with my "natural" looks!


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   Posted 8/24/2007 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
i never knew that asacol is linked with hair loss!!

I have lost LOTS of hair in the last few years since i was diagnosed and not ONCE has my GP or Gi mentioned it having anything to do with the asacol. It usually gets put down to lack of nutrients (because of UC flares) or the steroids etc.

Is this a common side effect of asacol?
Status: Flaring again :(

- 24 yr old female diagnosed January 2004 with UC - Left side
- For Flare up: Predisolone - 25mg ongoing with a taper
- Asacol 6 daily
- Azathioprine - 150mg
- Vitamins - Ferrous Sulphate for mild Anaemia
- Calci-chew (2 a day)
Currently trying the "Natural Yoghurt breakfast" (my dad swears by it for IBD's) Seems to be working so far :)

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   Posted 8/24/2007 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been on asacol since 04 and have had my hair highlighted the whole time. no biggie and it always turns out perfect.
Diagnosed with Pan Colitis 2004 (age 23).
Asacol 12 per day
Prednisone, off 2006
6mp 75mg per day (got off becuase I am starting Remicade)
Canasa when needed
Remicade second infusion Aug 21st

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