I was dxed back in July '06, and immediately put on Asacol, I actually felt human for close to a year. Then I began to get rashes, and extreme fatigue. So we stopped the Asacol in July, just in time for the fall flare season. Working on getting back to somewhat regularity. Pred down to 5mg, colocort every other night, continue taking VSL#3 and Lialda religiously. Recently added Omega 3s and glucosamine at the recommendation of the hippy at my health food store. I honestly think I might be turning the corner, and getting things under semi-control.
Lialda helps to maintain remission, but if your body wants to flare, it is going to regardless of anything else meds wise you are taking. The main side-effects I get are a slight rash on my shins and neck. I'm supposed tp see an allergist, but I'll have to wait until the checkbook balances out before I consider spending more money on doctor visits.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC, first 70 cm of intestine back in May '06
MEds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema every other night, Prednisone (down to 5mg, YAY!), recently added Omega 3, 6, & 9 from flaxseed oil 2 pills 3x. Also trying out glucosamine, 1 pill 2x. Bowels have been fairly happy lately.