Hi...I've never had them, but do know people who have and I wouldn't want to go through it regardless.
I'm not getting the punishment regarding Asacol/shingles punishment...nothing has to do with the other.
I'm wondering why you aren't also on an antiviral....is that not a treatment for Shingles?
Remember that any changes in bms, etc could be a sign of a flare....you should consider (strongly) to have some rectal meds on hand to deal with them firstly.
I hope your path to recovery is short.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!