how long for cortifoam to work

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   Posted 2/15/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had uc for at least 15 years. I am in the middle of a flare. Have been for over a year I guess. I just thought it was normal for uc'ers to go lots. I always have blood and somewhat formed stools. Lately before colonoscopy it got bad, going 20+ times a day with no poo just mucus and blood. Plus the feeling that I am never done. I had colonoscopy on Friday the 8th and Dr. said inflamation in rectum. (I have an appointment with him on Thrusday) He prescribed cortifoam. My question is how long does it take cortifoam to work? I am down to about 10 bathroom trips with only mucus/blood. No poo. I take asacal 2/ 2X day and am currently taking miralax at night for constipation. At first had LOTS of pain but that has gone away now only somewhat discomfort in tummy area under belly button left side.

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   Posted 2/15/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, it can sometimes take about a week, using it twice a day, before I can really say that I'm doing much better. But I usually see gradual improvement throughout the week. I would give it a couple weeks before you determine how it's working for you.

4 Asacol a day is a very low dose. Did your doctor say why he doesn't want you to take more? I used to take 12 a day, for example.

Are you using the Cortifoam once or twice a day?

Also, the miralax made me do a double-take. Sounds like you're using the bathroom enough without help... I guess it's because you've only got blood/mucus. But it still sounds odd to me. Have you tried anything else for that? Like fiber drinks or diet changes?

I'm a big fan of Cortifoam. I hope it works quickly for you too!
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

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   Posted 2/15/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I do see a little improvement with less blood/mucus. I am down from 20+ bathroom trips to 10+. He hasn't said why the low dose of Asacol. I intend to ask him when I see him Thursday. In fact I have a lot of questions for him. I am keeping a notebook now. To think I was never told what to expect with this disease. When to see him ect. I am using the cortifoam at night only. He gave me a perscription for 3 weeks...1 canister that won't last 3 weeks...with one refill. THe miralax is for the constipation. I was constipated for at least 3 weeks before colonoscopy and was actually GLAD for the prep. Now I haven't had a bowel movement for a week. Since the prep. That is with taking the miralax! I just don't know where that poo is going. I am also soooooooooooooo tired. I can hardly stay awake. It is causing a problem at work. I don't think they would like it if I put my head down and slept a little bit, but I sure want to. I also just noticed I have a rash on my face! Whats up with that. I am getting more depressed by the day.

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   Posted 2/15/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
It took about two weeks for me w/the hydrocortisone e's though they were hard to hold in the first few days.
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.

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   Posted 2/15/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
How quickly cortifoam will work likely varies from flare to flare mainly due to the severety of the inflammation, just stick with it, you are already seeing improvements so that's good, it will hopefully continue to get better.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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