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hannah's mom
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
my twenty year old daughter was diagnosed with u.c. 2 years ago. mesalamine enema's were her initiation. asacol and rowasa next. prednisone and asacol later. another flare up in feb. lead her m.d. to put her on mercaptopurine *currently 75mg. and on 15mg. prednisone. she is still bleeding through at this point. she doesn't tolerate meds well at all. lost her hair on steroids last year and has dizziness, fatigue and constipation now. my question: do you think colozal would be an option for her at this point? any helpful comments would be most appreciated. this is getting worse instead of better. thank you so much

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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I was not doing well. Lialda was a nightmare, got MUCH worse! My NEW Doc put me on Colazal.....incredible! Saw changes and relief within the 1st week yeah
Dx'D in 1990. Remission 1991 - 1/2005
Both flares were in extremely stressful times in my life
Colonoscopy 10/2005 80% of Colon diseased, or as I like to say "Intestinely challenged"
*****9/2007 dumped my GI who I refer to as "Satan" New GI, new med TOTAL remission with in 2 weeks.
Colazal 9 capsules a day*****

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   Posted 3/26/2008 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hannah's mom,
I would encourage you to get another doctor's opinion. The part of your story that's worrying is that the doctor didn't have your daughter try Colazal -- a benign drug- FIRST. To jump to mercaptopurine (6MP) before you try other options makes no sense to me. I'm on 6MP but I spent 10 years on a variety of different drugs that eventually all stopped working for me. When I made the decision with my doctor to try 6MP -- which is not a completely benign drug -- I was confident that it was one of my last options.

Before going on 6MP, I would suggest that someone try EVERY drug in the 5ASA class-- asacol, colazol, dipentum, etc.
At the same time, I would suggest experimenting with different combinations of rectal meds -- rowasa, canasa, and the steroid rectal meds: Coritfoam and Cortenema.

Are you in the U.S. and can you easily get a second opinion from another doctor? It would be worth travelling to a good medical center so that your daughter can get a top-notch opinion about her meds.

By the way, 6MP can take 6 months to work, so being on that along with just 15 mg of prednisone is probably not doing much for her. 15 mg of pred is pretty low and assuming that the 6MP hasn't kicked in yet, then she is in effect barely getting her UC treated. She should try rectal steroid meds to see if she can control the bleeding that way.

So sorry that she's having a tough time. Also sorry if I sound too strong in my opinion; I get annoyed when doctors jump to immunosuppressors and steroids before trying the harmless drugs first.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)

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   Posted 3/26/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
If your daughter has only been on 6mp a month if may not have had time to kick in yet. It took close to 6 months for me to work (well Imuran but basically the same thing).

She could try Colazal. She is not on the Asacol right now? No luck w/ Rowasa?
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