I was on Asacol for colitis for two years. During that time I had some occassional gas pains, but never any blood in bms, no mucous, very little d, and was actually constipated. I was also exhausted and felt run down all the time, barely had the energy to go to work, much less enjoy life. I got it into my head that I was allergic to the Asacol, so my doc and I had me taper off it. Big mistake for me. The flare that erupted after being off the Asacol for a week has been terrible. Its been three months, very little progress has been made in controlling the flare. I started on prednisone again last week, which has reduced the number of bathroom runs, but no noticeable change in the quality of my bms. BTW We weren't able to prove an allergy to the Asacol, but at the time I was in pretty heavy denial of having UC. I didn't recognize that my Asacol "side effects" were also common complaints of UC sufferers, regardless of their meds! I'm trying out Lialda now, different med in the same family of 5-ASAs. Hopefully the Asacol will work for you, and you'll be feeling better soon. If so, stick with it.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Prednisone 30mg