I went off Asacol cold turkey for a different reason on 09/07/07 (began pred the same day, did not help me, GI thought I would be fine) and started flaring up 9/21/07, mutliple bathroom trips w/diarreah, about
a week after that it became the flare from HELL!!! I was going 25+ times a day/night, did not sleep, horrible cramping, blood and mucous, urgency. I basically could only go to work for the next month, I had to miss major family/friend events. I finally got it under control w/cipro and hydrocortisone e's. I believe doing that turned my proctosigmoiditis - meaning my UC only affected the first 11cm of my colon to giving me Pan-Colitis which now affects my whole colon.
not saying this will happen to her but this is EXACTLY what happened to me.
In retrospect.........I would try to taper off the Asacol first and see if symptoms start to return. Also, not sure where her UC is located but if it is only in the rectum area, what if she just does Rowasa, I don't think that would enter the blood stream as much???? Worth it to ask, I think.....
HTH, let us know how it goes!
Beth, 32 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 10mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 300mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs. Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!