I'm curious about the Asacol....are you saying he was only put on it while in a flare and then when he got better he stopped taking it?
My understanding is that Asacol is a maintenance drug, like Colazal. It helps to reduce inflammation in the colon (particularly for those of us with Crohn's Colitis). It shouldn't be something you take for just a while and then get off of. At least that's the way my GI has explained it to me. I take Colazal and have been on it for about 5 years now. Even in my most recent (awful) flare, they did not want me to stop taking the Colazal but did put me on a 5-week taper of Prednisone.
There are many others on here that have far worse situations and do take more meds...I'm sure they'll be able to offer up some more info for you soon..
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Culturelle Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date