Hey...I just responded to the "UC and smoking" post, but I'll put it here, too. A detailed "patient education handout" on UC that my GI gave me says: "Studies show that nicotine patches help to induce remission and reduce symptoms in almost 40% of patients who use it for four weeks. A 2002 study further reported that nicotine patches improved the effectiveness of mesalamine enemas. Side effects, particularly in nonsmokers, include nausea, lightheadedness, and headache. Investigators are studying methods of applying nicotine directly into the colon."
It sounds like the side effects (at least short term) are tolerable...kind of like side effects of smoking a cigarette if you don't smoke. I bet they'd go away after using them for a while, but I've never used a patch.
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