Welcome to HealingWell, joepoly. I think most of our docs use Prednisone, but perhaps others have been on Medrol. Remember, though, that even if it gets you into remission, steroids are not appropriate for long-term use because they cause very serious side effects. Your GI should have some plan for what he's going to do beyond the Medrol.
Since you have lower left-sided UC, I'm wondering if you've ever been given rectal medications? Steroids are available in enema form, which would deliver the medication directly to the affected area and be less absorbed into your system. Sometimes these are used in conjunction with oral steroids in stubborn flares. But your doctor should have something in mind for a maintenance medication after the steroids.
Some who don't do well on Asacol can benefit from Colazal. Another immunosuppressant is azathioprine; some do better on that than 6-mp. It sounds as if Remicade isn't really working for you. Some people are able to get insurance approval to try Humira, another biological. It is approved for Crohn's in the US, but not yet for UC.
If you find a combination that works for you, always keep taking your maintenance meds. You've seen what can happen when you stop.
And remember, if all the medications fail, surgery is still available and is a sure cure for UC. Hope you're soon feeling better.
Judy - Southern US
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
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