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I´ve heard that taking Asacol (mesalamine) (for Ulcerative colitis) can affect the baby´s growth during pregnancy. Is that correct? And what about breastfeeding?

I´ve heard that taking Asacol (mesalamine) (for Ulcerative colitis) can affect the baby´s growth during pregnancy. Is that correct? And what about breastfeeding?

Below: The effect that Asacol (mesalamine) has on an unborn child has not been studied extensively. Asacol (mesalamine) should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed. Asacol (mesalamine) does pass into breast milk, and could affect a nursing infant In short---we really do not know. Best not to take unless absolutely necessary. Best not to breast feed while taking. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more


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Blood in stool x2. Dad w/ ulcerative colitis, sister w/ crohn's. Should I have colonoscopy? If so, can I have while breastfeeding or wait until weans?

Blood in stool x2. Dad w/ ulcerative colitis, sister w/ crohn's. Should I have colonoscopy? If so, can I have while breastfeeding or wait until weans?

Yes: Given your strong family history of ibd, you should definitively have a colonoscopy. Although a majority of the sedatives used during colonoscopy are felt to be safe during nursing, you can "pump and dump" to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Have ulcerative colitis from 8 years. Not much improvement from medication. Is it good to take aloevera gel to control the symptoms?

Have ulcerative colitis from 8 years. Not much improvement from medication. Is it good to take aloevera gel to control the symptoms?

Yes: Yes , if it helps you and make you feel better, sorry you are suffering for 8 years from this terrible disease, make sure go go for regular colonoscopy examination, incidence of malignancy increases with time, some intractable cases even may need a total colectomy , follow your doctor(s) advise. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed w ulcerative colitis, and am having a bad flare up which medication doesn't seem to be helping. Any natural remedies or tips?

I have been diagnosed w ulcerative colitis, and am having a bad flare up which medication doesn't seem to be helping. Any natural remedies or tips?

Ulcerative Colitis.: I understand your distress due to flare ups of ulcerative Colitis. Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds and have been functioning for 22 years. Believe in Healing power of your Body. Some natural remedies are-Turmeric, Aloe Vera, Fish oil and Probiotics Limit dairy products Eat low-fat foods, small meals Drink plenty of liquids ...Read more

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What Ayurveda medication is good for ulcerative colitis? Will kutajaristha work?

You tell us: Ayurvedic treatments may be great need scientific out come data to use them as primary treatment , lacking such data , as your disease is very complex , neglect will lead to disasters , you must take traditional medication under physician supervision , take ayurvedic medication as health supplements .You must follow with your doctor regular basis to avid complications. ...Read more

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What could cause inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

What could cause inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

Hmmm....: How do we know it is none of those? Biopsy would be the next step in determining a cause, but you must have had a biopsy to know that it was none of the above? I would suspect that this is Crohn's - maybe mild. ...Read more

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I lost all hair on scalp & body, doctors claim that this happened due to medications for ulcerative colitis. How long will it take them to grow back?

When u stop the med: Likely you are taking a medication called azathioprine, which is used in some cases as an immunosuppressant. One of the side effects is hair loss, or alopecia. If this is the case, you may ask your GI doctor to try to reduce the dose or find another drug. Once this happens, you should see hair growth in a few months. ...Read more

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I have ulcerative colitis and medication isn't working. Is there anything else I can do to feel better?

I have ulcerative colitis and medication isn't working.  Is there anything else I can do to feel better?

See a surgeon: If you are not responding to medication you may want to consider seeing a colorectal surgeon to discuss colectomy. Removal of the colon is curative in ulcerative colitis. It is however major surgery, and should be discussed at length with an experienced colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Can the medications typically taken for ulcerative colitis (remicade, 6mp) effect male infertility?

Can the medications typically taken for ulcerative colitis (remicade, 6mp) effect male infertility?

Perhaps: Infliximab may decrease sperm motility and the number of normal oval forms. Whether these changes translate into impaired fertility is unknown. 6mp has been rarely associated with birth defects even when the father takes the medication. The benefits, however, often outweigh the risks and you need to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any chance that the E.histolytica that cause ulcerative colitis to return after taking antiamoebic drug? Could the fsat food be a cuse of it?

Is there any chance that the E.histolytica that cause ulcerative colitis to return after taking antiamoebic drug? Could the fsat food be a cuse of it?

Let's clarify: Entamoeba histolytica doesn't cause ulcerative colitis but it can mimic it. It can return whenever you're re-exposed or if the Rx didn't kill all the organisms. "Fast food" isn't the cause of ulcerative colitis. You need to find out what you've got -- especially if it's true ulcerative colitis, being a well-educated patient is key to getting a good outcome. ...Read more

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How to deal with ulcerative colitis?

How to deal with ulcerative colitis?

Medications: ? Re how treat Ulcerative Colitis, UC. See a Gastroenterologist who specializes in UC. If symptoms persist despite therapies, ask the doctor if he would approve of the use of Cannabis. Do not use if he disapproves, and see a Cannabis Medicinal Consultant if he does approve. I have treated UC patients who have reported benefit from Cannabis. ...Read more

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Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read more

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How do "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis" differ?

Colitis: There are many forms and types of colitis, some will resolve on their own. Infectious (bacterial), pseudomembranous, ischemic, crohn's, etc. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of chronic colitis of uncertain cause, diagnosed often by biopsy at colonoscopy. It can be a long term condition needing specific medications to treat & serial colonoscopy to watch the degree of colitis or for dysplasia. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more