Remicade and weight loss drugs

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MagiMae
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   Posted 12/3/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello to everyone!

 

My 16 year old has been on Remicade since January and although she has never had an issue with her body image, I have noticed that she has put on a few extra pounds.  What concerns me is that at some point she will think (as a lot of young adults do) that she will need to take weight loss drugs to lose the weight.

 

My question is, does anyone know if there are restrictions on what you can take with Remicade?  There was only one drug (I can't remember the name off hand) that they specifically tell you not to take.

 

I would like to encourage her to exercise and watch what she eats but you know how kids are.  After she goes off to college next year, I won't have as much control over what does.

 

Thanks to all.

 


 
 
37 years old - UC 12/06
Remicade - one infusion so far

Prednisone - tapering - currently at 30mg

Imuran – 50mg 3x daily

Asacol – 2 x 3 daily

Pentasa - 2 x 4 daily (had to stop made things worse)

 

16 year old daughter diagnosed w/Crohns 01/07.


tjf
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   Posted 12/3/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I would say no 16 year old should be on OTC weight loss drugs! That being said...I am sure you can ask the pharmacist if there are any drug interactions you need to be aware of.

Maybe she is putting on weight she lost from flaring? Is Remicade working for her?
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MagiMae
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   Posted 12/3/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Please don't misunderstand, I don't think she will take them now, she doesn't have any issues that I'm aware of and she goes to a very small private school so there isn't as much peer pressure.  However, it’s once she goes off to college that I worry about.  I would love to tell her the all weight loss drugs are off limits, but if a doctor tells her otherwise that makes me look bad.

I guess I am just asking to be better informed.  She is doing great on Remicade as am I and within the first six weeks she had regained all her weight.

 


 
 
37 years old - UC 12/06
Remicade - one infusion so far

Prednisone - tapering - currently at 30mg

Imuran – 50mg 3x daily

Asacol – 2 x 3 daily

Pentasa - 2 x 4 daily (had to stop made things worse)

 

16 year old daughter diagnosed w/Crohns 01/07.


GardenerJames
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   Posted 12/3/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe there is only 1 weight loss drug that has ever actually been approved as a weight loss drug and it's called Ally or Allie or something.
I heard some of the side effects are diarrhea, loose stools things like that. You hear that with pretty much all of the weight loss drugs. So hopefully she's going to be enjoying feeling good to much to risk having the side effects of those drugs, which are pretty much the symptoms of IBD
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jujub
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   Posted 12/3/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely don't give her the Alli. It works by preventing the body from absorbing fat, and gives a lot of people fatty diarrhea. For a UC-er, it would be a nightmare, probably.

My suspicion is that the extra pounds are related to the steroids and will come off again after she tapers off them. Also, she'll hopefully feel so much better that she will be able to be more active.
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