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muda
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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Yesterday I had my colonoscopy. According to the doctor, my colitis is still there but not active anymore. I have appointment with him after a month. For the last month and a half I feel great. I am taking Imuran for the last 3 years and Remicade every 8 weeks. I started Canasa suppositories for the last 3 months. In the beginning daily; now every other day. I think Canasa is helping a lot.   

My questions are 1) am I in remission?, 2) during my visit should I ask the doctor if I start tapering off Imuran?  


jujub
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   Posted 1/9/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
If you aren't having any symptoms (diarrhea, bleeding, etc.) you would be considered to be in remission, yes. I'm also on Remicade, and my GI let me stop the Imuran at my last visit 4 months ago because there is some increase in the incidence of certain cancers in people taking both medications. Actually, he gave me the choice, because he still feels the risk is small, but I only want to take the meds I really need. So far, I'm doing fine without it.

I'd recommend you talk to your doctor about any changes in your meds. He knows what your history is and how you've responded to meds in the past.

Congratulations on a good C-scope report!
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.
 


KSpace
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 1/9/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Muda, I'm also wondering how everyone defines remission. Does one based remission on just decreased symptoms or colonoscopy findings? I presume that your improvement in symptoms would preceede decrease in the inflammation in your colon, which would take a little longer to completely heal (if it ever does in ulcerative colitis). Looking forward to what others have to say.
15 cm left sided colitis
currently on a trial of cortenemas, and that's all!
keeping my fingers crossed

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