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Sara14
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   Posted 2/16/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had success with using both Canasa and Rowasa? Can you get up and walk around after the Canasa or do you have to lie down for a while like with the enemas? I think I'm going to try using both and see if it helps. I have the 1,000 mg Canasa.
 
Thanks!
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)


Red_34
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   Posted 2/16/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
When I could tolerate them, I had no trouble using the Canasa during the day with no mess but that wouldn't be ideal for the Rowasa since it's harder to retain.
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Susiebuddy
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   Posted 2/16/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello :)

I used to use both at the same time. I would use the Canasa in the AM and the Rowasa in the PM... I had no problems with the Canasa like "Leaking out" or anything like that. After I put it in, I didn't notice anything until I did a poopie and it would have some white in it. I always used the Rowasa at bedtime and after a while with that, it was pretty easy to do also. I had to evacuate to the toilet only 2 times when I first started using it, but once my symptoms started getting better, it was no problem to keep that in either. Hope this helps :)
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serendipity24
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   Posted 2/16/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've used both as well, and really liked the Canasa better because I didn't need to lie in bed for 1/2 hour or so. I literally could pop a suppository in there, go to class, sit through hours of lecture, and be totally comfortable. You really don't feel it at all, and there's no leakage. There was usually a little suppository remnant with the first BM after putting in the suppository, but it's not uncomfortable.
Rachel

23 yrs old
Diagnosed with UC: March 2004 with probable IBS component

Currently taking:
Asacol 4pills 3x/day
Prograf 5mg/day
(Prograf is my miracle drug! It doesn't seem to be well known, but it's fantastic!)

Previously Tried:
Prednisone (works, but such awful side effects!), 6-MP (gave me acute pancreatitis), Entocort, Cipro (antibiotic), Bentyl, Canasa suppositories, a couple different enemas


tipoil
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   Posted 2/17/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like Canasa must be the same as Salofalk supositories, which I have been using now for years.  I found that they are not as bothersome as the enemas to retain....but I also did experience leakeage with the supositories, on those days when I had very bad gas.

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Sara14
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   Posted 2/17/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. I've been on the enemas for a long time, but just used the Canasa yesterday for the first time. They were super easy to use, lots easier than the enemas. I did have to go to the bathroom about 2 hours after inserting it though.
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)


Sara14
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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I went from mushy stools to near D since adding the Canasa. I don't know if it's from adding the Canasa or what. I guess I'll stick with it for a while and see what happens.
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)


tipoil
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   Posted 2/19/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   

hi Sara

I doubt that it would be from the supositories....at least i have never had that problem with them !


male Dx = UC 1987


Sara14
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   Posted 2/19/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi tipoil. Maybe you are right. I thought maybe too much 5-ASA could be making me worse, but I really don't know. I just know I feel like crap today.
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)


Red_34
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   Posted 2/19/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Question: You state you're on 12 Asacol a day? With no relief from the higher dose? And do you have any symptoms with the Rowasa? Do you think that maybe you can be sensitive to the Asacol ingredients? What are your current symptoms that made you use both the suppository and the enema? The reason I ask is maybe you are becoming intolerant and you need to change your med regimine a little. Such as switch to Colazal....have you ever tried that?
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Sara14
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   Posted 2/19/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
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)


Red_34
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   Posted 2/20/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that something should be done especially if 12 Asacol, Rowasa and/or Canasa is not putting you in remission. You've been flaring for almost a year - something has to give and I bet you're getting tired?! If you do switch to Colazal, I wish you success. I know that when I switched to 12 Asacol to 9 Colazal, it was the best thing I could've done because I just felt so much better after the switch.

Since most your inflammation is limited to your rectum at the moment, what about Cortifoam or Colocort? Have you tried that yet? Maybe it can give you that little extra "push" to getting better.
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~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-100mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** ~Allergies - Singulair
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome -'04 - Norvasc~Fibromyalgia -'06~No meds
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Sara14
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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Red. I haven't tried any steroid rectal meds, yet. When I asked my current GI about them he said he didn't want me on any steroids (not even enemas) unless absolutely necessary. I don't think he's very up-to-date with the UC meds, so that's why I'm going to see a GI at Mayo Clinic in March. I will definitely bring up Cortifoam to him and see what he says. Yes, I am getting tired, although I'm happy I'm doing pretty good at least and I don't have nearly as much to deal with as many people here. Thanks. Hope you're doing well.
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)

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