Rowasa Enema Tip

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Sherman Tank
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   Posted 2/10/2008 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Heres a tip for anyone on the Rowasa Enemas...
I shake it up really well as directed but then squeeze the bottle gently to get all that extra air out(so the liquid just reaches the top). Recap it then I warm it under a warm hot pad or water bottle or walk around with it under my arm. Otherwise -brr! ;)
My doctor said he hadn't heard of anyone doing this and my goodness its bad enough as it is taking an enema without MOrE air shoved in there and the arctic cold liquid.
Hope everyone is feeling well
Diagnosed proctosigmoiditis/ UC 2004
Misdiagnosed with just Hemeroids since I was 12!!
Bad flare after birth of first son in 2004,
another bad flare pregnant with 2nd baby summer 2006
recent reallly bad flare Dec 2007- 1st time w/ prednisone
Just tapered off Jan 20,2008, Flaring again today :(
Asacol for last 4 years 3pills 2X's, ROWASA as needed up to 3X's a day,
now just Asacol 3X's a day, probiotics 2X's, fish oil
Tryed-acupuncture, herbal remedies


Sara14
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   Posted 2/11/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I do the same (squeeze out the air), but I warm mine by putting it next to the heating vent for a minute or two. Works great.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D)


AshNH
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   Posted 2/11/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
When I started to take Rowasa, I asked others for advice and few others had mentioned to me about getting all the air out of the bottle beforehand. Sometimes it doesn't come out so gently, I really have to squeeze it tight and it sprays all over my bathroom sink and makes a mess. Better over the sink than in bed.

Anyway, I generally don't warm it up. Rowasa has been great for me so far.
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Current meds: Asacol 12/day, Imuran 150mg
L-glutamine, Rowasa


Beth75
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   Posted 2/11/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
that is so smart! I hated the extra air!!!

'arctic cold liquid' - too funny (but true)!


Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ no blood since Dec 07 ~ almost normal bm
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd Sept 2007
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fursomide 20mg 1xday.  Potassium 100mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


ColitisIsTheWorst
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey--Has anyone had irritation from Rowasa? I don't want to gross anyone out (although i'm guessing all of our tolerances are pretty high) but my bum has gotten irritated and i think it might be the applicator from the rowasa, suggestions? Lb
Asacol, 4 pills 4 X a Day
Rowasa at Night
Canasa in the Day
Prednisone 40 mg--I'm flairing right now.
VSL #3
Kariva (birth control)


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
are you using the generic or brand name?  I found the brand name much more comfortable to use.

KTM


ColitisIsTheWorst
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   Posted 3/16/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The box just says: "Mesamaline Rectal Suspension, USP Enema", so I guess its the generic kind? Whats the difference? I know its working, but the irritation is getting worse...thanks! lb
Asacol, 4 pills 4 X a Day
Rowasa at Night
Canasa in the Day
Prednisone 40 mg--I'm flairing right now.
VSL #3
Kariva (birth control)


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 3/16/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The plastic on the generic bottles is not as flexible.  I found them harder to use, so I had my doctor write the script for brand only.  You might want to try putting a little vaseline on the tip prior to insertion - it may make it go easier and sooth you sore bum.

KTM


ColitisIsTheWorst
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 3/16/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I am going to try that. There is some kind of goo on the applicator, but it is not as gentle as vasalene wld be. This is not an area where I need to save money, at this pt. my bottom side deserves all the care it can get! Thank you KTM! Lb
Asacol, 4 pills 4 X a Day
Rowasa at Night
Canasa in the Day
Prednisone 40 mg--I'm flairing right now.
VSL #3
Kariva (birth control)

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