Posted 6/17/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -6)
I was diagnosed with UP a few years ago. Since then, apparently it's gone into full UC throughout my colon. Fun times! I recently had a colonoscopy that confirmed this through a new GI doc. We're now trying out Lialda as our first step at treatment before moving onto something new.
Just curious to know how long people typically wait before moving onto a different medication? He told me that the 5ASA drugs are all similar but people react differently to each so no two are neccessarily the same.
I'm doing a bit better on the Lialda, but that may be because I'm smoking again. Seems like things got worse when I quit smoking. My main symptoms still are a gurgling feeling in my colon, mucus, minor blood, and rectal pain. I asked if I should be taking suppositories which I was prescribed years ago and he said we'd check into that at the next visit, but for now to just stick with the Lialda since it can hit that far down through distribution. His theory of rectal burning was due to the fast transit of food through the colon and too much acidity hitting the rectum. We'll see...
Currently taking 4 lialda a day.