Cruiser Rose, it sometimes takes the Asacol a couple of weeks to work. If you're not getting relief at that time, talk to your GI. A lot of us do better with Colazal, which is another 5-ASA drug. I'm also surprised your doctor didn't put you on any rectal medications. UC inflammation usualy appears first and disappears last in the rectum, and oral medications don't reach that area in effective doses. Mesalamine, the active ingredient in Asacol, is also available in enema and suppository form. Treating rectally as well as orally can help speed your healing.
Many people will have a long remission after their first flare. You won't see to many of them here, because they're out living their lives. Those of us here tend to be those who have more stubborn cases or those who are interested in alternative treatments and are not in remission. Hopefully you will be healthy for quite a while when you get into remission.
Welcome to HealingWell, and please feel free to ask any questions you want. We're pretty hard to gross out here just because of the nature of the disease.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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