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Sara14
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   Posted Yesterday 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Should everyone with UC take a folic acid supplement? Or just people taking sulfa drugs as these can make it hard to absorb folic acid?
 
None of my doctors have ever suggested this to me, but I see that a lot of members here are taking one. I do take a multivitamin with 100% of the recommended daily value of folic acid and I eat a diet that includes foods that have it in them.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed


Old Hat
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   Posted Yesterday 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
You're likely o.k. with usual vitamin/mineral supplement, but ask your gastro what he thinks at next appointment. Extra folic acid is recommended with severe UC inflammation, as an aid to rebuilding damaged tissue. My gastro prescribed it when I was seriously ill. I think it helped my colon, but contributed to facial pimples that stopped cropping up after I quit taking it. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently taking 3 Colazal daily; back in remission)

pb4
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   Posted Yesterday 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Here's a link regarding IBD and folic acid...

 

 

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


expecting226
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 402
   Posted Today 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are considering having children and take UC, it is a good idea to take folic acid. As soon as I told my GI that we were considering having a baby, he put me on 1 mg a day. I've been on it ever since. Folic acid helps protect against several birth defects.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)


jujub
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   Posted Today 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually, many OB/Gyn doctors recommend all women take folic acid supplements if they're able to become pregnant. Folic acid deficiencies are associated with spina bifida, a serious birth defect. Because it occurs within the first couple of weeks after conception, most women don't even know they're pregnant yet.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


Sara14
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted Today 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. I'll ask my GI about it when I see him next. Great link, pb4.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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