Asacol question

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Wolfie40
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   Posted 5/10/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm currently on Asacol,taking 3 pills twice a day. My doctor wants me to go on either Imuran or Methotrexate to keep me in remission. He thinks that the Asacol is not working because when I was DX in 2001 he had me start Asacol and told me that I had such a mild case that I would never need surgery. Well Feb. 2009 I had surgery and was told what they took out was really bad.
I really don't want to go on either of these drugs because frankly the side effects scare the crap out of me. I was wondering if I would up my dose to 12 pills/day if that would help keep the Crohns away?
I have not run this by my doctor yet but I wanted to know what you all thought here. Would it work or am i better off going on Imuran or Metho? My docotr said that I'm not ready for Biologics yet and drug studies.
Your input means alot.
Thanks
Wolfie
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Irishmom4
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   Posted 5/10/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have continue to take 3 pills three times a day after my resection. My doc told me if that didn't work then I would have to go back to the "big boys" which I try to avoid at all cost. I would rather deal with the D and pain than the side effects. Good luck!
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
 
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.


Wolfie40
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   Posted 5/11/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to avoid the big guns too,but more importantly I'd like to keep the disease away.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Jen77
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Well the problem isn't just dealing with diarrhea and pain, it's also the damage that it's doing to our guts. I think I'd rather move on the to big guns if it meant me being able to avoid surgery and most importantly hanging on to as much intestines as we can!

Asacol is pretty mild as far as treatment goes. I take 9 pills a day total. It helps me I believe, but it obviously can't keep the Crohn's away forever. When I flare I end up on prednisone. Which is as far up the ladder at this point I've gone with other medications.

I don't blame you about being worried about side effects. I'd really talk with your doctor about them, and keep in good communication with them if you start to have them. But honestly the disease scares me more then the side effects do, so when the time comes I'll be willing to use those big guns. Good luck to ya!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.


Nanners
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   Posted 5/12/2009 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Wolfie,

As I have told you before, my choice is to stay on the Asacol only until something changes for the worse, then I will go on the 6mp. But for now, the Asacol is working just fine for me. I have been on it since my last resection 4 years ago. Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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