How long does medication take to work?

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LondonRed
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   Posted 8/14/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know how long say a round of Steroids and 4g Pentasa per day would take to stop the bleeding and solidify the stools?
 
I am guessing it depends on each person but if it is going to work then how long does it take? When I took Asacol last time it worked within 3 days but this time I still have some D, I have less urgency and less motions a day but the BM still looks maybe slightly blood tinged but not as much as before.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Patchy Ulcerative Pancolitis or Chrohn's Colitis to be confirmed after biopsy.
Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate) for 30 days


colitis-owns
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 8/14/2008 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   

It really depends.

Ive had steroids twice and they can work quite fast maybe a day or two to reduce the bleeding. Althought the steroids greatly reduced my bleeding it didnt completely go until i started using pentasa suppositories.

when i flare and have D i try and eat foods like bananas and marshmallow which i read on the ostomies board slows down output of the stoma. although i havent got a stoma i thought id try it and it really does help.


Pan-indeterminate colitis
 
Pentasa 2g bd
Pentasa suppository 1 nightly
Azathioprine 150mg


LondonRed
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   Posted 8/14/2008 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
So within one or two days then? It's been two days and although things have slowed down a lot I still feel it is still there. ie slightly red tinged tissue and soft stools.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Patchy Ulcerative Pancolitis or Chrohn's Colitis to be confirmed after biopsy.
Medication: 4000mg Pentasa a day, 5mg Clipper Steroid (Beclometasone dipropionate) for 30 days


colitis-owns
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 8/14/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
well thats how it worked for me. Might not be the same for everyone. But steroids are meant to be a quick working drug.

But the steroids only settled down 70-80% of the blood with me. The suppositories took care of the rest.

Has anyone suggested rectal meds ? could it be piles ?
Pan-indeterminate colitis
 
Pentasa 2g bd
Pentasa suppository 1 nightly
Azathioprine 150mg


tabitha m
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 139
   Posted 8/14/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
As Colitisowns has said its different for everyone , with me it always takes about 5-6days , although last year i was on Pred for 5 months and they still didnt work . Not that i want to worry you .

Kerry
Diagnosed Proctitis 2003
leaped to Pancolitis May 2007
bye bye Pred (fingerscrossed )!
2000mg pentasa a day
omega 3
Allergic to Sulphalizine
In remission since june
Multivitamin and calcium supplement
 
 

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