Hi, welcome to Healingwell :) You found a great forum where everyone can understand - truly understand! So if you should have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to post.
As for the meds, usually the doc will start you off on a 5-ASA such as Asacol, Lialda or Colazal. This med is designed to keep the inflammation down in your colon. Did the doc happen to mention how far into the colon your inflammation was? What are your symptoms at the moment? Now, I am sort of biased when it comes to steroids because I truly do not like them. So if your symptoms aren't too severe, try to avoid Prednisone as long as you can. Yes, some it can be a miracle drug and it will help get their symptoms under control quickly but I have seen so many people on here that have had bad reactions to (side effect wise) or end up on high doses for long periods. Long term steroid use is so bad for the bones, not to mention the eyes. I don't mean to scare about the steroid because if you need it, you need it - but you don't have to use it if you don't want to is what I guess I'm trying to say. Alot of docs throw their patients on steroids at the first sign of trouble instead of trying to let the conventional 5-ASA's do their work. Mainly because steroids are faster and with the 5-ASA's it takes patience.
Another med they use frequently are enemas either liquid 5-ASA (Rowasa or Salofalk), steroid foam or enemas - these work a bit differently then oral Prednisone and aren't as bad - side effect wise. Or suppositories (Canasa). It all depends on where the inflammation level is at in your colon. Liquid tends to reach higher up into the colon then the suppository.
But, since you are newly diagnosed, I also recommend you visit www.ccfa.org for more info. Once again, welcome to HW.
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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
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