I do know a lot about this drug, and doing the research at my school library didn't encourage me. Additionally, I am tired of taking medications to manage this disease. I have been on meds for 9 years, and have been in a semi-flare state for a long time.(diarrhea never left, and urgency was always somewhat there). I have been on steriods for a little under a year, and my disease state was really not improving and doc wanted to put me on 6-mp. No way, no how. The way this disease progresses for some of us tends to necessitate the use of stronger immunosuppressive drugs(Remicade, Humira, 6-mp, 6-tg, and whole host of others drugs), and then finally the drugs stop working and you need surgery and a bag!
I have decided to take control of it now instead of letting it get much worse, and find out what is causing the inflammation. For me it is food(in the form of complex sugars). I am almost off the drugs and into remission.(2.5 mg of prednisone till next monday, and I'm done) Many people have been using the Specific Carbohydrate diet to heal themselves. Luckily, I am one of them. It's kind of crazy because I have discovered that drugs aren't the solution to all of our ailments and I am specializing in this field. It's pretty ironic!!
Class of 2009, MWU
Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearning remission. I feel fantastic! My next goal is to gain the 15 lbs I lost 6 weeks ago and start living life again. I have lost so many years to this disease.
I decided to become a pharmacist to understand these drugs, and to help fellow sufferers of IBD. My goal is to open up a pharmacy and take care of my patients(particularly explaining what the drugs do to you), compound special medications, and have a great practice.
3200 mg Asacol, 5 mg prednisone
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE SCD DIET? IT HAS PUT ME IN REMISSION AND I PLAN ON GETTING OFF THE ASACOL SOON TOO!