There are many, many reasons for continuing to take maintenance medications between flares. I'll mention just a few... First and foremost, they stave off future flares... they may not eliminate flares forever, but they do reduce the number and can reduce the severity. Second, they can help deter the development of dysplasia - precancerous cells. For me, those two reasons, alone, are enough to continue with my maintenance meds.
Bottom line... you may be fine now, but you will flare again and you will need meds again. Best to try and find something that works for you while you are feeling better, instead of when you are in distress.
There are other meds, besides Asacol, that you can try. Colazal or Lialda, for example, or 6-mp. It may not have been the mesalamine that was bothering you... could have been the pill coating. You should be working with your GI to find a good fit for you.
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- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Multi-Vitamin (1x per day)