Have you considered using the steroid enemas instead of the Rowasa? Do you still have UP or has it spread?
I have left sided Uc and I was running into the problem that the oral med wasn't reaching a certain area and the rectal meds were only treating so high up. It was that in between area that was giving me the most trouble so after flaring pretty bad for a year and being on steroid enemas off and on, my doc finally put me on 6mp (mercaptopurine). I've been on it now for 1 1/2 years and my flares have finally ended - I still get them, but not as severe and they are more easily treatable now. This drug can take anywhere from 3 months to a year to start working depending on the severity of a flare and how fast your body responds to it. I started having an improvement of symptoms at 7 weeks but at 3 months I felt like a switch was thrown. That is when I knew the 6mp truly kicked in for me. There are side effects when you first start this med. Such as fatigue, headaches, nausea and mild hair loss. I found that by taking it at night, it helped majorly with the fatigue and headaches. I only had mild nausea and very mild hair loss. It took about a month or so for my body to become accustomed to the med.
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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~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections
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