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Painful sex

Wed, April 24, 2019 3:06 PM


I began a new drug - Stelara (ustekinumab). The first dose was an infusion. Since then, sex has become quite painful and I keep developing thrush - a symptom I found of the drug :(

Has anyone else experience side effects like this after going on an immunosuppressant drug? If so, how did you get around it? 


FPO Lottie2017
Joined Apr 24, 2019

Fri, June 14, 2019 10:35 AM

Reply posted for Lottie2017.

I have not had this experience, but would recommend speaking to both your GI and to an OBGYN. There are medications that you can take for Thrush (unfortunately, they are very expensive), and maybe there is another drug that you can switch to for Crohns. I found that taking CBD Oil twice a day has helped my Mesalamine work better and be more effective (though I have only had to switch from Pentasa to Mesalamine, I have not been on the immunosuppresant). 
Good luck!

FPO lwcrohns
Joined Dec 17, 2018

Fri, June 07, 2019 3:18 PM

Reply posted for Lottie2017.

Hey there, 

I would say to look at your daily routine and diet to see what is causing inflammation. Remove common food allergens that increase inflammation: corn, wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, potatoes, and alcohol. Avoid carageenan in milks and foods. Avoid sugar! Green vegetable juice 3x per week with kale, cucumber, celery, green apple, parsley, and ginger can help reduce inflammation and pain in the body. Exercise 3x per week to keep things moving and improve immune system. Find a holistic, naturopathic doctor. They will teach you how to improve your health and stay in remission. Hope this helps :)

FPO cf
Joined Jun 7, 2019

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