Your symptoms seem very mild. 2BM a day is not bad. I think your doctor is trying to make sure the flare doesn't actually get out of control.
Canasa is an ASA drug. You should be using it constantly, not "as needed". Yes, you should be using it while on prednisone if that is what your doctor has told you to do.
Prednisone will often not cause any of the major side effects when you are only using it for a short time. You will often just feel hungry, and if you are male, you will often find your sex drive will increase. I am guessing your doctor started you on 20mg and is tapering you down from there. This is normal when a doctor wants to make sure the flare is brought back under control.
I have no opinion on Aloe Elite.
Probiotics can be of use, but the basic thing you need to know is that you want lots of strains of helpful bacteria, and you want a large total bacterial load per probiotic capsule. Capsules are often better then chewable as they do not get released until the capsule reaches the small intestine.
Most yoghurt products are gimmicks, and are not able to deliver a high enough bacterial load to the small intestine. Certainly not enough for UC sufferers as we need quite a high dose as it needs to reach the colon. Yoghurt tastes good, but is not very useful.
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- 28yo male. Brisbane, Australia. Diagnosed at 16yo. Currently enjoying severe pan-colitis.
- Participating in the Golimumab trial as of 1st May, 2008;
- 2x Colazide, twice a day; 25mg of 6-MP a day; 1xAllopurnol;
- 1x teaspoon of Metamucil 3 times a day;
- 1x BIOCeuticals UltraBiotic 45 + 1x SB FlorActiv twice a day.