Asacol and colonoscopy

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SoIGotIBD
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   Posted 7/1/2010 1:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a colonoscopy on 9th July, just over a week away. Im wondering if I start asacol now will it hide or mask any inflammation I have now? I just dont understand how they work.

Thanks in advance :-)

quincy
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   Posted 7/1/2010 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you not been on any meds till now? and when did the doc prescribe the asacol?

They don't mask or hide...they heal the inflammation. If you've already had a c-scope when diagnosed and were prescribed meds after the scope, this scope should give a nice picture of how you're doing on the meds.

As well, biopsies will be done and checked for precancer/cancer and whatever else is necessary. The bopsies will also state what level of inflammation you have or if there are any signs of past inflammation...

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SoIGotIBD
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   Posted 7/1/2010 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I hadnt been recieving any kind of medication or specific treatment for about 18-24 months until about may this year. I was on asacol when I was first diagnosed five years ago. I then began managing things on my own, bc the level of treatment wasnt very helpful. This year Id begun flaring to a point where I couldnt manage on my own, so gp prescribed pred (early may). I was on that until my first gastro appointment in about 2 years (early june). After I started clearing up from the pred (bleeding stopped) I quit the pred bc of the side effects but after about a week, obviously the flare picked up again. Symptoms came and went but no bleeding. I can tell Im about to start bleeding again any day now so Ive asked for something, theyve prescribed asacol. But yeah, I had been managing for a number of years with little medication. I dont feel this string of flares (or one giant flare) are going to clear up without medication....

quincy
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   Posted 7/1/2010 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
So, really....you probably had slow simmering inflammation, but not severe. You didn't do yourself any favours for not taking the Asacol...and the doc should have prescribed you the rectal companion of retention enemas...

I would definitely start the Asacol at this point....then, when you have the c-scope, request Rowasa (if you're in the US....Salofalk if you're not).

It won't create a problem for the scope.

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SoIGotIBD
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   Posted 7/1/2010 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Quincy, when you say I didnt do myself any favours not taking the Asacol, I was actually advised by my gp saying that it was perfectly fine to do so and Ive always been told that it was ok to try to manage this with diet. I had absolutely NO idea I wouldnt be doing myself any favours by not taking it. Like I said, no one explained to me how this all worked. It was never explained to me. I was given the rectal meds as well (colfoam) but again it was suggested that it was fine to stop taking it. I had some smashing doctors before now.

Thank you for taking the time to respond so kindly q.

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songlady
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   Posted 7/1/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
It's impossible to know the best thing to do if you're not given the info! Gosh!
I believe research has shown that we're better off if we stay one some dosage of Asacol (or whatever 5 ASA) consistently ratther than going completely off. It should help keep us in remission and will over time lessen the chances for colon cancer. I assume that the reason I've never had a flare as bad as my first one is because I've continued the meds all these years. I've had flares, yes, but not so bad I've had to be hospitalized again.
You might, as Quincy said, ask for the Rowasa enemas rather than the coliform.... Rowasa (or Salofalk) is a 5-ASA like Asacol, not a steroid.
Good luck, and keep us posted!
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quincy
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   Posted 7/1/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
WEll, your GP isn't a GI, and many GIs don't recommend rectal meds or even 5ASA meds to only put their patients on prednisone first thing....(shudder).They don't understand the importance of maintenance and that the patient is actually more responsive to regimens they can manage themselves as needed.Our experience will suggest what's not in your best favour, but we do differ in what works and what doesn't....but we've all tried once or twice to find out the truth of whether to stay on med or not. You're learning to be proactive in your care and get on appropriate meds.....at the very least the basic oral/rectal 5ASA is a must. If you can't take them, there are other options. Hang tough....Just for some info, I had seen another GI when mine was on emergency, and he said to me that the 5ASA was a waste of time and he would have put me on prednisone first thing. I was horrified and told him I was thankful he wasn't my doctor. So, some are progressive, others stay same-old. I look back 21+ years later and say I have the best doc...I fear when he retires, but I'll be armed with knowledge and good experience for treatment ready for the next doc. At least I'll know I have choices in them as well.Keep us posted how you're doing....and how the scope goes. I hope the doc takes lots of biopsies...are you going to watch the monitor? well worth the clean-out. When you do go for the biopsy results, make sure you get a copy.q
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