However it do not feel like either drug takes you to remission. Something else needs to kick start the remission.
I disagree. I was put on Sulfasalazine and nothing else in May, and I'm pretty much 100% sure I'm in remission now. If I'm not...I can't even imagine how I could improve anymore. I'm going to the GI next week and hope to get the official word. But I'm down to 1 solid BM a day, without urgency, always in the morning.
No other side effects that I can see? My joints ache a bit, mostly my wrists and knees, and I am a lot more tired than i used to be, but I think that's just par for the course with UC in general and not sulfa. My blood work came back on the very low side of normal, so they are keeping everything as is for now unless it changes. (I'm still getting the low-iron black outs once in a while, but I'm less concerned now that I saw my results).
So I don't know how much more I can improve, really. I'm doing better than I did before UC. I used to go 3-5 times a day for the last 10 years or so. Going once a day is a dream.
(My menstrual cycle has been a bit strange the last two months, it seems to be lasting two days longer than normal and kind of procrastinates and lingers it's official arrival. I assume this is related to either the meds or my new vitamins, but since it always arrives on time and eventually runs it's full course, I'm less concerned about
Anyway, I'm a huge fan of sulfasalazine. I feel like it's done a miracle for me.
27 years old, Female, NYC
Diagnosed with severe UC on May 13, 2008 (though I'd apparently had it for years)
500 MG Sulfasalazine x4 a day
Daily Multi-V, Folic Acid