Hi Red. Yes, I've been on 12 Asacol/day since last May. I've also been on Rowasa since about
last April...I've tapered it down a few times, but have been doing them nightly again for a few weeks now. I've never been in remission since diagnosis a year ago, although my symptoms were very mild and inflammation was limited to the rectum at my last C-scope in August. On and off, since the end of December I've noticed bleeding, mucous and some mild cramping return. At first, I used the Rowasa for about
a month straight, the bleeding went away, and then when I tapered down to every other night it returned. I went back to every night, but I'm still noticing some minor bleeding, cramps and mucous.
I saw that some people here took both Rowasa and Canasa and thought it might help me since my last scope showed inflammation only in the rectum. My GI told me it would do nothing to use them at the same time because it's just more of the same medicine. He prescribed the Canasa for me to use after using the Rowasa for a while (he doesn't think Rowasa needs to be used as maintenance; side note: I'm soon seeing a new GI). I am also wondering if I'm becoming intolerant, or if it's just not enough to get me into remission, since it never has. It definitely did help me a lot though. I will ask the new GI about
the possibility of switching to Colazal. Thanks for your response.
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)