I don't know about asacol, either. When the drugs side effects are the same as the disease, how do you figure it out? Or, it may have worked before and now I've hit a wall. I find it hard to believe that I need more now when my dx is supposed to be mild.
As a side note, I think it's important to approach treatment options a little slowly. Gigi, I noticed you've started some probiotics and fiber that you wrote about it another thread. The problem can be that if you have different symptoms or you keep flaring, it's hard to figure out which thing might be causing it. For example, with this flare that began last month, I quit culturelle, Rowasa (to use cortenema instead), citracelle, and even using my Brita water filter all at the same time. I was 50% better in two days.
But I don't know what actually helped or which may have made the symptoms worse. Was it what I stopped using or what I started? Maybe just using the cortenema and taking lomotil took care of most of the problems.
I'm trying to add stuff slowly now to see what works best for me. Including spinach. This is very much trial and error, and I hope the things you're trying work for you, and you let us know what works!
Potato... Female, 58, dx mild left sided ulcerative colitis 11/07
asacol 3 3x a day
am & pm Rowasa every other day
culturelle, benefiber wafers generic acidophilus, metamucil wafers
children's vitamin, Vitamin E 400 mg
omeprazole 2x a day
oxazepam when needed, lomotil or ImodiumAD (but not in the same day)