supplement timing with prescription meds

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   Posted 10/23/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if any of you know if there are any issues with taking other supplements about the same time as you do your prescriptions?

I'm talking about taking a multi & fish oils mainly around the same time as Asacol & Prednisone. Is there a problem with taking them together? Will they all be absorbed as needed? It's nice to take these close together since you should take Pred, fish oils and a multi with food.

I'm also about to add digestive enzymes & probiotics to my daily supplements. I wonder about taking them both together near the same time as well. Both of these should be taken on an empty stomach if I remember right.

Input would be appreciated.
Prednisone 10mg (1.5) tabs twice per day= 30mg per day

Asacol 400mg (3) tabs twice per day= 2400mg per day

started both meds on Thursday 10-4-2007

10-22-07- coming out of about an 8 week flare (my first one ever)

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 10/23/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
It really depends on what it says on the bottle(s) regarding if it should be taken on an empty stomach or not, some say with food, some without and some it makes no difference...and no it shouldn't matter if you take fish oils at the same time as far as the oral RX I don't know off hand because I don't take any of those.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 10/23/2007 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I take my calcium at least 1 hour before, or after my other meds.  It's my understanding that certain meds/supplements don't allow the calcium to be absorbed as well if taken at the same time.  And as anyone taking prednisone will tell you, we need all the calcium we can get.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild/moderate flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
20 mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines

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