I don't know how to grab a quote here, but I am responding to Quincy who is responding to me.
Many studies for UC are questionable if you ask me. Compared to other diseases it just doesn't merit the attention, so if someone asks about life-long Asacol use, there's an old study that shows no difference in outcome between people who take the drug and those that don't after two years' remission.
On the other hand, Procter and Gamble is happy to tell you that Asacol is safe forever because of a six-month study. . . .
Who do you believe???
You have to do your own research, turn on your own light switches, talk to knowledgeable people, and then, ultimately, make your own decisions. (There's a lot of hostility to that idea, for some reason.)
As remission goes, I would say the standard proposed by this particular study may be difficult to attain. If I remember correctly, patients had no symptoms, and the colon appeared completely normal, and there were no cellular defects. Apparently, these patients are at a low risk of relapse. How many people qualify? Who knows?
Doctors ignore rectal meds because rectal meds seem better received after a patient has already tried other meds. Compliance with rectal meds, especially in the beginning, especially among young people, is very, very low.
And, Bellski, please understand that nothing I have written takes the place of your own research.