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   Posted 3/11/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc had me on pentasa enemas ever since I told him that some symptoms appeared after finishing my two week dose. I asked him if I'd have to take them forever and he said "maybe, if it's what works for you." So, I've been doing a daily enema everyday for the past 4-5 months. I'm now finishing up a tapered predisone treatment and everything is going great- feel like I'm good as new. I will continue to take my 2 pills of asacol 3 times a day but want to give up the enema until I see that I need it. Do you think this is smart or should I continue on with the daily enema? I haven't taken it for 3 days now and everything is fine.
diagnosed with a mild case of ulcerative colitis June, 2007
asacol, 2 pills three times a day
daily pentasa enema
started 40 mg prednisone 2/08

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   Posted 3/11/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
If you've just tapered off prednisone, then I'm assuming you had a flare-up and things are only quite recently under control.  In my opinion, I'd continue on the pentasa enema - as recommended by your doctor.  But, if and when you want to get off the pentasa enema you should probably taper off it gradually instead of stopping immediately.

Rio, 32 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
11/07: Switched from Asacol to 12 x 750mg Colazal (3 weeks on it and symptoms got worse)
12/07: Asacol 4800 mg, Started Azathioprine 175mg, Prednisone taper from 60mg - Now on 10mg; 2/08: added 2 Pentasa x 1mg on alternate days.

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