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Vioxx and ulcerative colitis

Posted by Dorota on 10/18/00 at 19:55 (030802)

Hi, my Dr. prescribed Vioxx for my heel spur. After reading all warnings I'm not sure it is good for me (GI bleeding). My ulcerative colitis is in remission now and I would like to keep it this way. On the other hand foot pain makes my work very hard to do. Do you have any suggestions that will help me make a decision?
Thank you!

Re: Vioxx and ulcerative colitis

Dr. Biehler on 10/18/00 at 20:49 (030804)

If you want to stay away from the drugs, try taping, strapping and orthotics. Sometimes the right orthotic takes the pain away right away. Dr. B.

Re: Vioxx and ulcerative colitis

Kate on 10/19/00 at 10:29 (030833)

Hi,
I've been suffering with Krones' for 5 years, and Vioxx is one of the very few anti inflams I can take without side effects.
Check with your GI specialist, but since Vioxx is taken only once daily, you may be able to take it safely with no nasty GI bouts.
Kate Jurman
ESWT COordinator

Re: Vioxx and ulcerative colitis

john a on 10/19/00 at 10:30 (030834)

I have had ulcerative colitis for the past 9 years. I've been taking sulfasalazine almost regularly the entire time. If I try to go off it, the colitis flares up. I had gotten the dose down to 500mg every other day, which is pretty low. Now, sulfasalazine is itself an anti-inflammatory, so you'd think that it might even help with PF. But I have a feeling that long term systemic supression of the inflammatory response can prevent healing. I had switched to another colitis drug called Asacol a couple months ago, because it affects the system differently, and I though doing so might reverse whatever systemic damage I was doing to my body with sulfasalazine. But I had to stop the Asacol because it disrupted my sleep.

As far as Vioxx, Celebrex, and almost all other anti-inflammatories go, I can't take any of them for very long without feeling like they are burning holes through my stomach lining. But I don't know if their effect on me is because of the colitis, or the sulfasalazine, or some other reason.

Many on the board swear by the anti-inflammatory effects of bromelain, taken without food. You might give that a try.

Re: Vioxx and ulcerative colitis

Dr. Biehler on 10/18/00 at 20:49 (030804)

If you want to stay away from the drugs, try taping, strapping and orthotics. Sometimes the right orthotic takes the pain away right away. Dr. B.

Re: Vioxx and ulcerative colitis

Kate on 10/19/00 at 10:29 (030833)

Hi,
I've been suffering with Krones' for 5 years, and Vioxx is one of the very few anti inflams I can take without side effects.
Check with your GI specialist, but since Vioxx is taken only once daily, you may be able to take it safely with no nasty GI bouts.
Kate Jurman
ESWT COordinator

Re: Vioxx and ulcerative colitis

john a on 10/19/00 at 10:30 (030834)

I have had ulcerative colitis for the past 9 years. I've been taking sulfasalazine almost regularly the entire time. If I try to go off it, the colitis flares up. I had gotten the dose down to 500mg every other day, which is pretty low. Now, sulfasalazine is itself an anti-inflammatory, so you'd think that it might even help with PF. But I have a feeling that long term systemic supression of the inflammatory response can prevent healing. I had switched to another colitis drug called Asacol a couple months ago, because it affects the system differently, and I though doing so might reverse whatever systemic damage I was doing to my body with sulfasalazine. But I had to stop the Asacol because it disrupted my sleep.

As far as Vioxx, Celebrex, and almost all other anti-inflammatories go, I can't take any of them for very long without feeling like they are burning holes through my stomach lining. But I don't know if their effect on me is because of the colitis, or the sulfasalazine, or some other reason.

Many on the board swear by the anti-inflammatory effects of bromelain, taken without food. You might give that a try.