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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all Im sorry if i post to many questions.  But Im curious what you would do...Ive been bleeding for about 6 weeks now with no other symptoms..been using colocort (sometimes rowassa) for about 5 weeks now.  It seems to me like it is stopping it from getting worse, but not getting any better.  I take 9 asacol a day.  I was hospitalized after  a terrible flare this past summer.  then I went a month or two of feeling great, then the bleeding started again.  I have had UC for 16 years with not to much trouble at all..I sure dont want to get BAD like I was!  Maybe prednisone would nip it?  Maybe I need to look into Imuran or remicade?  I dunno..Like i said I just bleed with no other symptoms but I know it can turn bad fast!  I think if i didnt worry about it so much it would help to.  Seems like its all I think about.  I eat a pretty normal diet..I do eat yogurt regularly and have been trying to drink more water.  I do have an apt Jan 14th to see the Dr.  Would love to hear your thoughts, thanks
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/31/2007 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you talk to your doctor about increasing your Asacol to 12/day? Not sure if it would help at all, but that's the dose I'm on (it's also the maximum dose). Hope the bleeding lets up soon. I understand how frustrating and worrisome that can be.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 12/31/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you not take any 5ASA retention enemas such as Rowasa?

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 12/31/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
My suggestion would be to try using the Rowasa every night for a couple of weeks and see what the results are. If that doesn't help, try the Colocort the same way. Your note sounds as if you're switching off. When you're bleeding and scared, it's easy to panic and throw everything at it. But if you're not using the same thing consistently, you can't tell if it's working.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 277
   Posted 12/31/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
i was going back and forth with rowassa and colocort for the past month, now im just using colocort
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 12/31/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
You can try using both.  colocort in the am and rowasa at night. 


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