Hi...welcome to the forum.
It's a "topical" med that's released in the first part of the terminal ileum and then into the colon. It will be absorbed through your intestines into the bloodstream, and isn't considered a systemic medication...meaning it will target your whole body.
It's a lower dosage of steroid, but you can still have side effects.
I do suggest you request rectal 5ASA retention enemas to add to your already 5ASA regimen.
Where in the colon is your UC...limited or throughout?
Are you seeing a GI for your UC or your GP?
*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 !!!