Five years, but that is definitely not the norm. Colazal made me a little better. Azathioprine made me a little better. Prednisone or Entocort made me a little better. All three together cut my bathroom trips to 10-15 a day and allowed me to continue working. Finally got remission within 6 weeks with Remicade.
But again, that's very atypical.
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.