I don't know how common this is but my GI doc is leaving the decision up to me about
what medication to take for my CD. He seems pretty unwilling to commit to anything. I tried Pred and Entocort and had a reaction to both (couldn't breathe). I have asthma as well so had to get off those. He previously told me (via a phone call from his nurse) that Remicade was the only thing I could take. Now he is offering up Asacol or Imuran or Remicade. When I expressed concern about
Remicade being scary to me, he said it is scary to him also.
I'm thinking of going with Asacol. I have pretty mild gut symptoms but also have joint pain, blurry vision issues, small infrequent sores on my head and fatigue days at times. Will the Asacol help these other symptoms? Does Asacol help slow the progression of the disease or is it only to alleviate symptoms? Is Asacol a sulfa drug? I previously had a reaction to Bextra (sulfa based) years ago and have now been marked for no sulfa drugs. I've read lots of info but these are the questions that don't seem clear to me.