Lindy, and infusion is medication given through an IV. Remicade is given this way, and some of the newer drugs that are being researched also are infused. They're usually given at the hospital or an infusion center. I get mine at my GI's infusion center. It's very comfortable: big soft recliners, quiet music, wireless internet access. It's a small unit and very quiet so you can read, work on your laptop or take a nap.
You might try keeping a chart of your bathroom trips. I found I was never able to get an accurate count unless I did that. It also helps to document how often you have bleeding, etc. I used to take mine to my GI visits with me to help me answer his questions.
Do you know what part of your colon is involved? Sometimes rectal medications are helpful for proctitis. There are also other 5-ASA's which work better for some of us than Asacol, principally Balsalazide (Colazal.) Immunosuppressants such as Azathioprine (Imuran) and 6-MP.
If you feel your GI isn't listening to you, by all means seek a second opinion. You'll find that a lot of us have been through more than one GI, as we didn't like the way the first one interacted or treated us so we went and found someone new.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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