Asacol loss of effectiveness

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Hans C
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   Posted 7/13/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I read that asacol lost it's effectiveness with time for a few of you.
I'm wondering if larger dosing can cause that to happen sooner.
Does anyone have any knowledge or suspicions on that?
 
Thanks for reading- Hans
 
 
age 26
 
diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

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quincy
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   Posted 7/13/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I've used 6 daily for over 19 years and only once had gone up to 8 daily for about 6 months.

I cannot stress enough for you to use rectal meds...I'd suggest the 5ASA retention enemas (Rowasa or Salofalk if you're not in the US).

Is there a reason you're not on them?

How many Asacol are you on?
It's not that it's not effective....it's that you're not being treated effectively with the proper coverage of meds.

I don't see Asacol in your sig.
quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


jars05
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   Posted 7/13/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Asacol never worked for me.
Age: 30
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day
Supplements: 2 Omega 3s, b-6, calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: I lost count at 6...LOL!
Last scope: 10/9/05-everything looked ok.
 
 


Hans C
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   Posted 7/14/2008 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'd love to be on rectals however they are not available here (Vietnam) as far as I know (still looking) and if they were available at the price of even the generics I don't think i could afford them. Actually I'm taking mesacol - an Indian mesalazine, forgot to update it (2400mg a day).

I was wondering about this as I think I've read in some articles that oral mesalazine induces remission faster at a higher dose. Since most people don't have side-effects why not take the higher dose (4800mg isn't it?).
Apart from the inconvenience of having to take more tablets I was wondering if your body might build up an immunity or something faster at a higher dose (though I know they continue to be effective for most people indefinately).

Hans
age 26
 
diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

Multi-vitamin
Aloe-gel
B12
Cinnamon sticks
Pro-biotic


quincy
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   Posted 7/14/2008 2:58 AM (GMT -6)   
For some they work better than others....I don't think you get immune to them, however, either they work or they don't.

The higher dosage of oral 5ASA can cause side effects such as diarrhea or exacerbation of symptoms such as bleeding...but worth a try. I wouldn't jump to 12 daily tho.

How are you taking them...twice daily or thrice?

If you do increase...add one per dosge for a week or two...then do the same again till you reach 12. You might then find that only one increase will get you to an improved state.


Regarding rectal meds...are there any hydrocortisone suppositories available if not any 5ASA? The enemas are the best, but the suppositories will help a lot.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Hans C
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 7/14/2008 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Good advice thanks Quincy I'll check it out
age 26
 
diagnosed 2004 (probable left sided)

Multi-vitamin
Aloe-gel
B12
Cinnamon sticks
Pro-biotic


Red_34
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   Posted 7/14/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Asacol for 12 years when it stopped working. I honestly don't know if it's because I became immune to it, became intolerant of mesalamines or my disease progressed to which it just didn't work anymore. When I switched to Colazal, I was at 12 a day of Asacol, which is the max dose. I was on that dose for about 4-6 months with no improvement in addition to Rowasa and/or steroid enemas.
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