Generic Rowasa

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sodbuster19
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 5/11/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I just used my 1st generic rowasa enama last night. Wow, that tip kills!!! Any tips on how to make it less painful?

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


Sara14
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   Posted 5/11/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Put a liberal amount of KY Jelly (or some other lubricant) on it. The lubrication that comes on mine is hardly anything.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv


#1Chloe
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 5/11/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sodbuster:
I am usually a fan of generic medications but in the case of Rowasa, although the contents may be exactly the same as brand name, the APPLICATOR is NOT!!!!. Not only is the plastic so hard as to make it more uncomfortable, it means that is is harder to deliver all the medicine , as it is harder to expel the air in the bottle. So in this case the brand name is just so superior as to warrant changing, I believe. My husband was diagnosed in Nov 2007 and we found this out on this forum... Good luck!
Chloe
Imuran 200 mg each day
Vancomycin and Rifaximan for C-diff

Husband (63) diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis Nov 2 07


sodbuster19
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Total Posts : 343
   Posted 5/11/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I will try the extra lube. I used regular Rowasa in the past with no problems, but last night, wow, it felt like it was scraping me to death. I'm gonna buy some KY today and I hope it works better. I had no problems squeezing the stuff out, it just took forever to get it inserted.

<FONT color=#0000ff>Bad flares Guniess & hot wings

Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day


Sara14
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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope the extra lube helps. I had the same problem, and it definitely helped me!
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into complete remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - nightly; Canasa (1,000 mg) in the morning
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 2/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv


quincy
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Total Posts : 30078
   Posted 5/11/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Kind of makes you wonder if there's actually someone/something at the end of the assembly line squaring off the tips...mmmmwwwwahahahhaaaaaaaaaaa!!
q
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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 !!!


Old Hat
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   Posted 5/12/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Or maybe the generic's manufacturer eliminated lube to "keep costs down" -- LOL! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

**NiCoLe**
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 39
   Posted 5/12/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
What is the name of the generic enemas that you are using? Until I read this post, I didn't even realize that I was using the generic kind. I looked at the prescription label and sure enough it said: Mesalamine Rectal Suspension, USP. Substitute for Rowasa. I've actually used this kind since day one. I've noticed that sometimes the tip hurts, but since I've never used anything else, I've had nothing to compare it to.
Diagnosed in Jan 2007, but had bowel issues for years
I've been on Asacol (no help) and Prednisone (60mg was the most)
Currently taking Sulfasalazine - 4 pills 2x a day
Hospitalized for 9 days in Feb 2008 (IV steroid)
Was using VSL #3, but it made me throw up (I'm pregnant and nauseous)
Hydrocortisone and Rowasa enemas when needed (which is usually ALWAYS!)
20 weeks pregnant and counting . . . . . .
Prenatal Vitamin and 5 mg Folic Acid
150mg Zantac twice a day (for acid reflux and nausea)


Dr-A
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   Posted 5/12/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hydrocort enema generic is same way. I find one good tip and stick with it. 80% of them are bad. A & D ointment for lube worked alot better than KY or vasoline for me.
Proctitis DX 1998
Lialda 1x day
Hydrocort Enema As Needed

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