Welcome to Healingwell, Hyacinthgirl. If you can give some additional information, you'll get better answers. Where in the colon is your UC located? What is your current medication regimen - anything along with the Remicade?
First, a number of us have been switched from Asacol to other 5-ASA drugs such as Colazal with good results. Some of our members actually have better symptom control with the old tried and true Sulfasalazine.
Have you used any 5-ASA enemas, such as Rowasa? If your sigmoid colon is involved, these can be helpful. Also a good probiotic, to replace the "good" bacteria in the colon that seem to disappear with UC.
Do I understand correctly that you are being tapered on the Remicade? Most often it's given every six or eight weeks long term after the three-dose induction schedule.
Some of our members are being started on Humira, a newer drug. It is not yet FDA approved for UC, so insurance coverage can be an issue for some people.
New medications are being worked on all the time, so more will be coming on line in the coming months and years, I'm sure.
And finally, I'm sure a lot of our folks who find they are helped by diet will be by to give you information.
I'm sorry you've been given this unpleasant condition to deal with, but glad to have you here. If you check the UC resources listed here, you'll find a lot of really good basic information about
UC. The more you know, the more you're able to participate in your own care.
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.