over the counter rectal meds US

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Concerned Wife in WA
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   Posted 8/2/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know of any over the counter rectal meds? Hub has had severe pain and can't eat for a couple of days. Has spent 31 of last 60 days in the hospital. He does not want to go back. Says he'd rather go put a bullet in his head. He has his 3rd Remi infusion on Thursday and is scheduled to see new doc on Thursday at Virginia Mason. They are supposed to be premier GI docs for this area. He is not going to make it till Thursday at this rate. he has been drinking a lot of water but is having coffee colored urine. We had a UA done Monday and his regular doc said it is only concentrated not infected or anything. He gets slight fevers at night during his second of regular twice a day sweating episodes they do relieve with tylenol. I am just wondering if there is anything I can go get over the counter for rectal meds sounds like that helps a lot of you on here. His doc changed his Asacol to sulfasalazine on Thursday after I persuaded her to try since nothing else is working. He can't face the surgery option yet and I think from what I read on here there may be a few more avenues that haven't been tried. Thanks in advance for any help I am at my wits end. He is taking 10 mg of oxycodone that isn't helping.

44 y/o Alaska Crab Fisherman Diagnosed May 2008
Mesalamine 12 pills daily
Prednisone 40 mg
Oemneprazole 80 mg
Folic Acid

Switched to sulfasalazine 2 pills 4 x daily

Taking multiple vitamin supplements, lots of omega 3's and Antioxidants

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   Posted 8/2/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Casey. Sorry your hubby is having such a tough time. As far as I know there are no over the counter rectal meds.

Also can you please limit your signature to 10 lines or less per forum rules? Thanks!!! I hope he gets to feeling better. Let us know what the new doc says.
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   Posted 8/2/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Cassy, the rectal meds that help with UC are actually the same drugs we take orally - mesalamine and steroids. They aren't available OTC.

It sounds as if your husband has pretty much been through the gamut of medical treatments with no relief. I'm sorry to have to say this, but it may be time for him to consult with a surgeon and explore that avenue. I know he wants to get back to his work and his life, and that could be the way.

Whatever course you choose, I hope he's soon getting better.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
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   Posted 8/3/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm from Seattle as well. Try calling the new dr's office and explain the symptoms to the new dr. They may be able to call in a prescription for Canasa to the local pharmacy for you for the next few days. For me, Canasa seems to work ok. I can't handle Rowasa (the enema) I just blow it out. But again, talk to the nurse at the GI and see what they can do.

I was in a bad way before I went to my GI for the first time (a different doc did the colonoscopy). I called the oncall dr because I was in bad shape. He called in some stuff for me. So it can be done around here.

When I change meds, I go into a world of hurt for a few days. It takes my body a while to adjust.

I work about 6 blocks from Virginia Mason. From what I understand, they do have an excellent GI department. For now, I go to Seattle Gastroenterology associates which are associated with Northwest Hospital (and Swedish hospital).

Oh yeah...one other thing. Pain pills give me severe constipation. Then I try harder to poop and I push more, a LOT more. So I end up bleeding more, have more irritation and urgency, etc. You might want to call in to see if they can prescribe xanax or something to help him sleep more. I found that if I sleep more, I don't poop as much. Granted, I'm not productive, but at least I'm not pooping every 10 minutes and the pain goes away a little more.
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
currently in small flare, tail end of colon
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day,
Cortifoam at bedtime

Supplements: vitamins, probiotics
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis

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   Posted 8/3/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
This is Concerned Wife WA. We are now back in the hospital. I couldn't seem to log on from here with my other username??? Anyway. We are now in Virginia Mason, made the drive up here from Raymond hoping this will be better. They seem to really be on the ball here with GI stuff so I am feeling hopefully optimistic they might somehow get this under control for him. Spent last night on watch for having to do emergency surgery and he seems to be out of the woods for that. Will have to wait and see what they can do. Will keep you informed.
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