Canasa tapering

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AlabamaBabs
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   Posted 1/25/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-I started bleeding Sunday night and finally got the Canasa suppositories (vs. the prednisone!!).  I started two/day Tuesday and have been good (no blood) since yesterday morning.  GI nurse told me today that I could now take them "as needed."
 
Anyone have suggestions? 
 
It feels weird to stop "cold turkey."  I was thinking one a night and was reading some old posts about Rowesa.  Is Rowesa the same thing?  In those posts, tapering went from one/day to every other day to every two and then three, etc. days to none.
 
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AlabamaBabs
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07 
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone on 9/16/07 and DONE as of 11/26/07!Canasa suppositories 1000mg 2X/day as of 1/22/08
 

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barbl
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   Posted 1/25/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was bad I would use them 4-5 nights and that usually took care of it. I would only use then once or twice a week after that.
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Sara14
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   Posted 1/25/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Babs, Rowasa is a 5-ASA enema. I've never been on Canasa, but I would say to maybe taper to one a day, then one every other night/day for a couple weeks and then slowly decrease. I really have no experience with them, but that's what I do with Rowasa.
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Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
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Red_34
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   Posted 1/25/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, try to taper them if you can. It will be less harsh then if you were to just stop. When I could tolerate them, I was using them every other night for maintenance and nightly for mild flares. But I would always taper off them to be on the safe side. They don't have to be tapered as slow as the Rowasa or steroids though if you are in a mild flare.
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AlabamaBabs
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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, everyone! I will taper and hope if another flare comes along, this can knock it out. My GI was talking Imuran, if this didn't work. From what I've read on this forum, Imuran has been a godsend for those who need it.

Red-interestingly, my arthritis pains in the knee are almost gone, since the Canasa. I wonder if the knee pains might be a "sign" that the flare is coming on?
AlabamaBabs
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07 
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Started 40 mg. Prednisone on 9/16/07 and DONE as of 11/26/07!Canasa suppositories 1000mg 2X/day as of 1/22/08
 


Red_34
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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
My knee and hips pains flare up when I'm beginning a flare too. Many Uc'ers know that a flare is coming on when their joints start hurting. When we flare, we have inflammation thru out our body which is a extra intestinal manifestation of Uc. Inflammation usually attacks the joints, eyes and of course our colons. But not everyone gets these type of manifestations - it's a random thing. I'm glad to hear that your knees are feeling better though.
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~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-100mgs), Colocort, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** ~Allergies - Allegra & Singulair
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~Fibromyalgia - '06~No meds
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