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  • Anyone ever use Asacol for colon inflama? Worried about the color-iron oxide,red and

    I had a colonoscoy today and the Dr. said I had an inflamed colon that could be causing the diarhea-maybe not really IBS. He gave me samples of Asacol to take. This is a med used to treat colitis. BEsides the usual terrible side effects, I am concerned about the color of the pill, which is brownish red. What gives it the color is "edible black ink, iron oxide red, and iron oxide yellow".

    If anyone has used this med or knows if the color bothers people I would appreciate a heads up bec. red dye typically bothers me.

  • #2
    I've been taking it for about 9 years - 6 a day (should be 10 but I think that's too much)so far my UC has been in remission so I can't complain on that score but I have had hematuria, muscle/joint pain and tinnititis which are stated side effects on the information sheet.
    I asked my gastro if I could change it to something else but he said "no" - its doing its job.


    • #3
      You could call your pharmacist with your concerns about what is in this medication. I hope that you are able to take it without any trouble.
      Complex Case: Severe IC 1999, Interstim 2001, Endometriosis 2001, End Stage Refractory IC 2002, Bladder Removal (Cystectomy) 2002, Gall Bladder Removal 2005, Infertility 2003, Urethra Removal, Bladder Reconstruction (Urethrectomy/Indiana Pouch) 2006, Celiac Disease 2007, Adhesion Disease 2007, Pudendal Nerve Entrapment, Ovarian Cysts, Vestibulitis, Vulvodynia, Total Vestibulectomy and removal of both Skene's Glands, 2007 and Coccydynia 2007. Fibromyalgia and, Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome both in my neck and knees, 2007, PNE Decompression Operation May, 2009.Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Anesthesia Awareness (to awaken during operations)Pudendal Nerve Decompression Surgery, Revrse Uterine Sling, Sept. 2011

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      • #4
        I have been taking asacol for 20 some years w/o any side effects for my ulcerative colitius. I don't feel that it has bothered my IC at all, or none so far. (I have only been diagnosed w/ic since Nov.)

        I was told when I started it that the coating on the pill was like that so that it would not dissove until it arrives in your colon, so I would presume that it should not effect the bladder. Just a note: I can see the shell of the pill in my bowel movements, so the shell is still there but the contents are gone. Sorry about the grossness of describing this but I needed to get the point across. LOL Anyway, it has been a life saver for my UC. I wouldn't want to give it up. Just try to pay attention to your IC and if it get worse then maybe see if Asacol could be causing it.

        Hope this helps
        The happiest people don't neccessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything that comes their way!!

        IC: Elmiron, Tofranil, Hydroxyzine, Prosed DS, stool softener
        UC: Asacol


        • #5
          I've taken Asacol and Pentasa for Crohn's disease maintenance and higher doses when I flare. I've never had a problem with them irritating my bladder, but to be honest, when I'm that sick I don't know if I could differentiate the pain from my bladder and colon.

          I'm sorry you have another possible diagnosis. Did they do biopsys to confirm the UC?

          I've been living with inflammatory bowel disease for many years, and my fiance has Crohn's as well. So, I know how you feel.
          *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
          *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
          *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

          Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

          04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.