Better a pain in the elbow than a pain in your butt. Your doc should have also put you on rectal 5ASA meds...retention enemas or even the suppositories (to start).
Be thankful......THANKFUL....your doc didn't put you on prednisone.
Ask your doc to do a basic kidney blood test in a month or so....just to ease your mind.
You don't have to take any meds if that makes you feel better....some don't.
I've taken 5ASA meds (asacol and Salofalk retention enemas) for 19 years....they're a miracle med from my perspective.
6 Asacol is good lower dosage to start on....I've been on that dosage for a very long time.
*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 !!!