Hi...I did ask my doctor about
that since another member a while back mentioned it (and I had not read heard about
I have asthma (which a few of us seem to have), and he did acknowledge the connection between 5ASA and related lung disease. Since mine has never changed and is controlled, he's not concerned, nor am I considering I already have a UC related liver disease. He also said it's quite rare (but statistics don't impress me since it's quite easy to be on the odd stat).
You should, however, get your GP to do a lung function test as well as x-rays for a base-line at least.
The constant tickle could possibly be reflux. Have you tried even Zantac to see if that improves? I can understand the respiratory/reflux symptom similarities.
The doctors aren't going to tell us all the possibilities of what we can get....it's quite overhwhelming just to be diagnosed with UC. I think as we get smarter through research and formulate questions, they start answering them for us. There are always risks with any meds we take and having autoimmune disease can set us up for all sorts of other stuff.
I believe by making the best effort to keep UC inflammation low as possible, the rest hopefully will follow.
How are you doing otherwise?
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!