I have just recently had a two month streak of remission and months here and there with remission, too. I take the meds throughout. since being diagnosed in March 2007. I consider taking the medications as "maintenance treatment."
I guess I would wonder how severe my flares would be had I not been taking the medications. When I started off my 2 month remission, I had a sigmoidflexoscopy ( I may have totally butchered that word). At that time, my GI doc said my colon looked all healed and suggested I go from 4 Lialda to 3 Lialda/day. I didn't want to risk getting a flare and I continued to take the 4 Lialda / day and now am having a flare!
Also, there are a few members on this board that will hopefully reply and share that when they went off their meds and enjoyed a remission for a season, or so, and then their UC had progressed. Just be careful and stay in touch with your doc about
what meds to take and what meds to decrease or not take. I think it is a very fine line. There will many others who have a different outlook--the beauty of the board.
Pancolitis diagnosed 5/07
4 Lialda/day since 8/01/07
Canasa suppositories 1000mg, as needed
Cortenemas, as needed