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Faithmac
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to say hi to everyone. My name is Faith, I've had UC for about 4years. This forum has been great.Lots of great information. I'm living in Florida right now, the doctor situation here has a lot to be desired. Used to live in New York.What a difference! Sometimes I feel like getting on a plane and making an appointment with a GI doctor up north. Very pill happy here. Pill for this and a pill for that.
All the meds I've tried none have been sucessful,Colazal,Asacol and pred. Prednisone worked great while I was on it. Side effects were bad. Soon as I weaned off back to square one. Just started Azathioprine 50mg. How much is needed and how much time before this drug starts working? I go for a blood test next week. I'm little nervous about taking this one. I tried a lot of the herbal remedies out there. Free samples of Haldi and digestive advantage are on the way. As soon as I get them, I'll give them a try. Thanks again for all the great advise and information. Makes you feel like your not alone.
Good Health to all, Faith
Diagnosed with UC. in 05
Meds- Azathioprine,50mg
Probiotics
Omega Fish oils
Multi Viamins
Clonazepam
Evista for bones
Dicyclomine when needed for pain
Protonix


princesscolon
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum. I have never taken Azathioprine but I hear it takes at least 3 months to kick in. Where is your UC located? Have you considered rectal meds in additon to your Azathioprine? Now I sound like Quincy. LOL.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08


Faithmac
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   Posted 4/26/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I forgot I tried Canasa suppositories. Didn't work. I have left sided colitis. I think the suppositories are good for proctitis. I also tried Hydrocortisone suppositories. With both I had terrible cramps and gas. Still bleeding too!
Diagnosed with UC. in 05
Meds- Azathioprine,50mg
Probiotics
Omega Fish oils
Multi Viamins
Clonazepam
Evista for bones
Dicyclomine when needed for pain
Protonix


jujub
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   Posted 4/26/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell, Faith. With left-sided UC, you might consider giving enemas a try, either Rowasa or steroid enemas. They get farther up into the colon and may be more effective. You can start with 1/2 if you can't tolerate the whole enema at first.

Azathioprine does indeed take about two to six months to take effect, and many docs will leave you on low dose Pred until it kicks in. The dosage will be regulated by blood tests to check the level in your blood. Most people take 50 - 150 mg, with the majority around 100 mg. a day. Do remember to use a good sun screen, as it will make you more susceptible to both sunburn and sun-induced skin cancers.

You've definitely come to the right place to get the benefit of others' experience. Hope the Aza kicks in and helps you soon.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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The information I share on this forum is based only on my own experience and study. It is important to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


Faithmac
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/26/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Judy! Just on my way to the pool. Didn't give it a thought about sunscreen. Relatives are in for a visit. The pool is their #1 thing to do in FL.
Diagnosed with UC. in 05
Meds- Azathioprine,50mg
Probiotics
Omega Fish oils
Multi Viamins
Clonazepam
Evista for bones
Dicyclomine when needed for pain
Protonix

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