switched from Asacol to colazel

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TheLori
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   Posted 1/2/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
went to GI today scince Ive been bleeding for 6 weeks, he switched me from asacol to colazel, he said lets try this first and see if it works, if not he wants to take a look...ugh, hope it works!
Lori
38/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 1/2/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Why didn't he give you an enema as well?

KTM


TheLori
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   Posted 1/2/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently using colocort, i need to update my signature
Lori
38/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl


Red_34
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   Posted 1/2/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck and hopefully this will get your bleeding under control. Just a word of warning, I was on Asacol for many years when it stopped working for me so my GI switched me to Colazal. When I first started taking it, I had increased D, headache and sort of weird out of it feeling - I compared it to feeling like I was walking in a cloud in fluffy slippers :) But once my body became used to the change, all that went away - it took about 2 weeks for my body to accept it.
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TheLori
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   Posted 1/3/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
wow, I just had terrible diareah then i remembered your post saying it caused diareah for you!  (didnt see any blood though!)
Lori
38/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, colazel, zoloft,levoxyl, colocort enemas


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   Posted 1/3/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering, Red_34 & Lori, did you go right on the full dose of Colazal, 3 capsules at a time? I started at 1 capsule per dose, then increased to 2 per dose for another couple days, then went up to 3 per dose. That was the way my 1980s gastro had me start on new 5ASAs: start low & gradually increase to see how the body adjusts.
The Colazal gave me an exceptionally dry mouth at 1st, but I kept drinking water thoughout the day & otherwise did better with it than on any other oral 5ASA. But I cannot tolerate it at full-dose for longer than 9-10 weeks w/o developing side effects such as puffy eyelids. Good luck, Lori, I hope it helps you. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

TheLori
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   Posted 1/3/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, full dose. I went from 9-12 asacol a day to 9 colazal.
Lori
38/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, colazel, zoloft,levoxyl, colocort enemas


Red_34
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   Posted 1/3/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Full dose for me too...went from 9 Asacol to 9 Colazal with no break in period.
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   Posted 1/3/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I started full dose both when I started Asacol and when I started Colazal.

Lori, I hope the Colazal does the trick for you.
Judy
 
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 Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


TheLori
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   Posted 1/5/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Day 4 of colazal, still diareah and blood with each stool. Still no other symptoms, I dont feel sick. Maybe once I get use to the colozal the diareah and bleeding will stop. I bet it is hard to stop bleeding with diareah... Red you said about 2 weeks..Did the bleeding stop when the diareah stopped?
Lori
38/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, colazel, zoloft,levoxyl, colocort enemas


Red_34
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   Posted 1/5/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, once my body adjusted to it. The D slowly tapered down to where I was only going once or twice a day with semi solid and no bleeding or pain. I think in some Colazal doesn't allow for fully formed solid bm's. I was doing great on only Colazal after the switch (for about 6 months or so) but then my lovely daughter decided to share her stomach bug with me which threw me into a year long horrible flare! :)
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TheLori
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   Posted 1/5/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
when you say a year long flare, do you mean bleeding and diareah but you could still go on with life, or you were very sick for a year?
Lori
38/F
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Asacal, colazel, zoloft,levoxyl, colocort enemas


Red_34
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   Posted 1/5/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I was flaring when I went on Colazal - the Colazal put me in a 6 month remission. When I got the stomach bug, it threw me into a nasty flare - bleeding, D, etc. and life pretty much was miserable. I guess that flare was too much for just Colazal to handle so I had to start Colocort. I was on and off them for about 8 months when both me and my GI decided to try me on 6mp to see if I could get the flare under control. That was the main thing that got me away from the steroids and back to living.
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~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-100mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** ~Allergies - Allegra & Singulair
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~Fibromyalgia - '06~No meds
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TheLori
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   Posted 1/6/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
ugh the diareah is so bad today and there for the bleeding is worse, I think I will switch back to asacol and call the dr in the morning.
Lori
38/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, colazel, zoloft,levoxyl, colocort enemas

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