Carm - I found the hair loss on Imuran to be pretty minor, especially when compared to the hair loss I had on prednisone. Usually, once your body adjusts to the Imuran, the hair loss stops and the hairs grow back :)
I take Fibercon to help keep things more bulked and regular. I've also used the Benefiber caplets. However, when flaring with blood, I make sure I'm eating low residue foods and make sure my fiber is soluble - not the "scratchy" insoluble stuff.
I like to switch my probiotics every few months. Usually because I've heard of a new and possible better one than the one I've been taking. I also think that many of them have different flora in them - so maybe change is good for my guts??? The ones I've used have more than acidophilus in them. The one I'm using now is a Jarrow EPS formula. Several people recently have had luck with Pro-Bio. I've used Culturelle and the GNC brand in the past. I've been trying different ones to increase the CFU counts.
Are you feeling any better recently?
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use. Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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