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NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I know some of us use anti-inflammatories daily and that there can be side effects...but has anyone considered using natural, herbal alternatives, which should have few or no side effects?
 

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Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
 


NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Here's a list of possible side effects for Asacol..., which is one of the reasons why I asked if anyone is familiar with herbal equivalents:

GENERIC NAME: MESALAMINE - TABLET (mess-AL-uh-meen)
BRAND NAME(S): Asacol

It is recommended that all people have their kidney function tested prior to starting Asacol tablets and periodically while on Asacol therapy. Serious side effects may occur.
 
SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, indigestion, bloating, gas, belching or minor stomach ache may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. Constipation, diarrhea, weakness, hemorrhoids, cough, dry mouth, hair loss, acne, general body aches, swelling of the feet or ankles (edema) or sweating may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly. Notify your doctor promptly if you develop: chest pain, fever, sore throat, headache, stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, rectal pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, unusual fatigue. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, breathing trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
 
NBT
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
 


Beth75
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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe my kidney disorder minimal change disease is from using 5ASA drugs (if you are hypersensitive it will can cause MCD) and had to stop taking them, Dr's agreed, I was on them for 7 years, I went into a horrible flare (I did stop taking them cold turkey but started pred the same day I stopped taking the 5ASA) and if anyone knows of natural things I can take that will help I would love to know. Anyone who is taking 5ASA's defintely get an annual urinalysis to check for proteins (kidney problems). I'm sure I am in the low percentage of side effects and would love to go back to 5ASA's as they were great for my UC, but cannot.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly;Hydrocortisone e's tapering, Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


kb5
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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I"ve been on asacol for most of the last 10 yrs and have never had one side effect. I did stop asacol for awhile and tried different herbal and alternative things to no avail. My UC got worse off of asacol so I went back on. That's just me though.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply kb5,

I was wondering what herbal alternative you used if you can still remember the name? I'm just one of those believers who thinks for every prescription drug, there's a herbal equivalent somewhere, but without the side-effects. Something like this could improve the quality of life for many and maybe save a few dollars as well.

NBT


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
 


pb4
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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Only thing I'm able to use is the natural route, thankfully I have success with it (still not full remission but I'll take what I can get, I do have complications because of my perianal crohns skin tags fiasco)...I'm either allergic or non-responsive to traditional oral RX and I'm thankful actually because with the natural route I have NO side effects what so ever.

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


DORoe
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   Posted 11/30/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
The Probiotic VSL #3 has been proven in some scientific studies to help with active ulcerative colitis. It is pretty pricey though $75.00 for 30 packets. I believe that there are a number of states participating in a research project about it so you could look into that as well. I am currently looking into giving it a try

NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 11/30/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Occasionally, I take a prescription anti-inflammatory (Nabumetone 750mg) to control inflammation in my knee, but I recently noticed that it also helps with the colon. However, I stopped taking it because I've been taking herbal supplements to address other "issues" and one of them contains a natural anti-inflammatory, which had the same effect as the prescription tablet. This is why I created the post to see if anyone is aware of any herbal supplements that are specifically designed to combat inflammation.

NBT
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
 


Tethya
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   Posted 11/30/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking curcumin for quite a while, and have taken boswellin in the past as well. They have some evidence backing up their anti-inflammatory efficacy in UC, and don't seem to have any side effects, (other than curcumin staining your fingers yellow!) so they might be worth a shot for you. Curcumin is cheaper than boswellin, and has the added bonus of being an antioxidant that may help prevent colon cancer.
Diagnosed summer of 2006 with ulcerative proctitis

2x 500mg 5ASA suppositories
2x ~500mg DHA
6x 600mg curcumin
3g glutamine
probiotics

Been flaring for a few months now


kb5
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   Posted 11/30/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I've tried probiotics, aloe, aloe alternatives, chinese herbs and teas...there have been so many. I've also tried scd, elimination and every other diet out there. I've given at least 6 months to everything i've tried. I think too many people try something for two weeks and decide there is no effect. I will keep trying new things and have even started to retry a few. The best results I had was from aloe but that was only for very mild symptoms. The chinese herbalist was about 25 pills of different herbs and several teas a day. It was harder to keep up with than any meds I have been on.

Let me know if you find other therapies you think are worth trying. I won't stop my meds again but am willing to try anything that can aid in healing.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, 15 mg pred. until immuran kicks in...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


kazygirl
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   Posted 11/30/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
ive tried it all too and no luck for me...

also, the side effects u (NuffinButtTrouble) listed for mesalamine.. well, its hard to tell, cuz about 1/3 of those are UC symptoms. so how do we know if we are allergic or what?
plus some of those are like pred side effects as well.
i suffer from a bunch of them.. does that mean i should stop the mesalazine?
could it just be that which is causing all this drama? rather than just the UC alone?

sucks that these drugs are just as bad as good for you.
steph - 31 year old female - diagnosed UC in 2000
started as proctitis and now is pancolitis..this year long flare is now severe on left side only to splenic flexure. 
50mg prednisone 1x day with breakfast 5 weeks now.. will taper next week by 10mg every 5 days.
2x 500mg mesalazine 2x morning & night - colifoam enima 1x at night - 1/2 endone every 6 hours for pain
now taking calcium supps for pred side effects - got lots of those!
50mg imuran 1x day 8pm to have a baby - VSL#3 didnt work - Aloe Elite didnt work - Budesonide didnt work
ive lost 40+lbs and my legs look like sticks ... ewww
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 11/30/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a tremendously long list of natural anti-inflammatories, I don't know how it would be possible to have tried them all especially since one has to consider they may take time to kick in before they start to work, which could take a long time too...

I have success with the following;

bee propolis
omegas 3-6-9
chamomile tea
vitamin A

I also take probiotics, vitamin B12 and C-calcium ascorbate.
 
Besides which, it's often a combination that works best and each person likely has to find their own combination...afterall this is basically a very individualistic disease, just look at different food affect (or lack of) each person differently (or not at all).


:)


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

Post Edited (pb4) : 11/30/2007 11:00:38 AM (GMT-7)

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