Rowasa ever give you soft stools??

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   Posted 1/25/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I will use the Rowasa suspension enemas when coming down to the last week before my next Remicade infusion, and occasionally when I feel the first symptoms of a flare.  Recently I have noticed that the next day after using the rowasa at night, I will have much softer stools, and urgency.  Anyone experience this before???  Could it be that the pharmacy gave me the generic brand??
30 yr old female, Columbus Ohio
Diagnosed with UC at age 14.
Colazel, Remicade ever 8 weeks, folic acid, multi vitamin, calcium, rowasa

Been in remission for about 3 years since starting Remicade. 

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   Posted 1/25/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't use rowasa, cause it makes my symptoms worse. I tried for several weeks on 2 occasions and it made me worse, so you could be experiencing something similar
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
1 mg Folic Acid daily
Omega-3 once daily
Eleventh Remicade infusion End of January

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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...the Rowasa or the generic (I would assume) will give you a bit of a softer stool as well as some urgency with gas with the first bm....but if you're having more bms with urgency, it coudl be that you have inflammation or maybe you're sensitive to something in it.

If you've used Rowasa till now and have just newly tried the generic, it could be the generic. Does it just say 5ASA suspension enema or does it say Rowasa?

I'm not clear on how often you've used the Rowasa or for how long.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every second night
~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 !!!

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   Posted 1/25/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember having urgency the following morning and white gooey stools.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Jan 29) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil, Darvocet, Tylenol pm, Lyrica for Fibro started 1/17/08

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