Rectal Steroids / 5-ASAs

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   Posted 6/21/2010 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anybody here used 5-ASA enemas (Rowasa), suppositories (Canasa), or whatever other forms it may come in? Do you feel it helped? I've never used them, but have used steroid foam (cortifoam) and suppositories (anucort) and thought they helped reduce inflammation somewhat. I ask because my GE is considering prescribing Rowasa and/or Canasa. I also priced them on and see they're pretty pricey. Cortifoam's pricey too, but anucort is cheap.
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Post Edited (GDen) : 6/21/2010 12:04:02 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/21/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My Daughter used Rowasa back in the early years after diagnosis. Pricey, yes! But they work wonderfully and quick. Takes some time getting used to and being able to hold the liquid in, but worth the hassle for some relief.

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   Posted 6/21/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I used a generic 5-ASA enema and it works much better for me than the steroid foam stuff. It costs me $10 for 28.

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   Posted 6/21/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have used 5 ASA enemas and suppositories as well as steroid foam. I did not find that the foam worked for me, and it was hard to use. Others here prefer the foam though. I used the enemas when I was badly flaring and essentially in bed all day for a few weeks. They felt very good, like a sitz bath, but they are tricky. You have to feel confident in your muscles to keep the liquid in for a while and then make it to the bathroom to get rid of it! I'm not sure I would like to use them regularly.

I use the suppositories all the time. I find them effective, and easy to use. I hold one under the cold tap for a second and it goes in fairly easily. The only thing is that if you have to go to the bathroom before they have been in and dissolved a bit then the product is quite sticky. It takes a bit of clean up if it gets on the toilet seat or side of the toilet!
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   Posted 6/23/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have used Rowasa in the past - loved them, works like a charm on rectal inflamation, also, Rowasa if used properly will reach way deep in there.
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