Dehydration....I cant get hydrated.

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   Posted 9/9/2007 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Well...not sure what is going on here.  I have been on Pred. for just over a week and at first I was taking 20mg in the morning and 20mg in the afternoon.  Then 3 days ago my doctor got me to just take 40mg in the morning.  I noticed the night before last my mouth was bone dry when I woke in the middle of the night (usually I have a waterfall of drool....MMmm) then yesterday, I noticed that my face and hands were feeling really dry after my shower.  Then I was feeling slightly woozy, light headed.  Last night was the same, dry mouth, and today really dry feeling hands and kinda dazed feeling.
Now, I am drinking at least 4 liters of water a day and today I started drinking Gatorade for the electalytes ( 1 a day ) and Im peeing fine.
Anyone have any advice or opinions?

Just diagnosed Aug. 14/07
Asacol 2 x 4 (5-Aminosalicylic Acid 400mg)
Pred. 40mg

Post Edited (FosterDad) : 9/9/2007 12:58:11 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/9/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
What color is your urine? If it's a dark yellow it could indicate dehydration. I'm not sure if dry mouth is a side effect of pred (never been on it), but I know they have a otc mouth rinse that you can use. It's called Oasis. You can try that to see if it helps.
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   Posted 9/9/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to drink more than water. Drinking too much plain water can put you in further trouble. You need to restore your electrolytes. I'd check with a pharmacist, if one is open today, about how you restore your hydration safely, quickly, and effectively.

I got so dehydrated last time I had a major flare that I ended up in the emergency room. Don't let that happen to you!

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   Posted 9/9/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -6) just waiting for a pharmacy to open then Im gonna give them a call.  My pee isnt very yellow....maybe like a dilluted apple

Just diagnosed Aug. 14/07
Asacol 2 x 4 (5-Aminosalicylic Acid 400mg)
Pred. 40mg

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   Posted 9/9/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Since I parted ways with my colon, I get hydration challenged while exercising.  I drink a beverage called Hydralye, available at that is superior to the commercial electrolyte beverages sold in stores.  It comes in a variety of flavors and is not so sweet.  This is the only hydrating beverage sold in the Grand Canyon, a testament to it's superior formulation.  The product was develeoped by an Olympian turned chemist. 


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dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 9/9/2007 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Instead of gatoraid which is full of too much sugar, opt for pedialyte.

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